What You Really Need to do About Homosexuality. (Modern Reform: Part 1 of 3)
Lately, we Christians have been in the news and under fire by popular media. And here’s the thing, we totally deserve it. The actions we have taken to try and stop the opinions of the LGBT community and those who visit abortion clinics are horrendous, and do nothing to glorify God in other peoples eyes. If we turn to the Bible (so little protesters often do) we’ll see exactly what I mean:
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2–3 NIV)
Even a quick reading of this passage immediately identifies the main problem with protesting, it’s not peaceful, humble, or gentle. I might have been able to overlook this but even the idea of protesting isn’t peaceful.
When we protest (not just Christians, but all people.) we stand outside of parks or buildings holding offensive signs and yelling harsh things. Instead, the Bible urges us not only to speak the truth of God’s word, but also to speak it in love:
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15 NIV)
Does this look like speaking the good and pure truth of God in love?!?! I found some more that even have Bible verses!
“I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” ( Luke 13:5 NIV) Jesus was explaining to the Galileans that even though their brothers and townspeople may have perished before them, it doesn’t mean their sins were worse.
“…but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” ( Malachi 1:3 NIV) God says here that he has hated Esau yet, the Bible made no mention of Esau being a homosexual.
“Just as it is written: “Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated.” (Romans 9:13 NIV) Again, the only reason the Bible gives for God hating Esau was so that his declaration (“…and the older will serve the younger.” [Genesis 25:23]) Esau was the oldest son in this passage.
Finally, you may think to yourself one of three things. (1.) “But James, these are simply isolated incidents and don’t necessarily show the belief of all Christians.” OK, but the media isn’t reporting on all the silent Christians, they’re reporting on the loud and hateful ones. We need to teach these people how to use God’s words to inspire and encourage others so the media has no choice but to report on us. (2) “What you’re saying in this article, it sounds kind of harsh. Isn’t that hypocritical?” I have no intentions of being mean and-if you read my article throughout- the only time I might use words that are offensive to some is when I’m describing these hateful signs, and this language is the only kind I can use. (3) “So how do I fix this?” I’m glad you asked. Read this passage:
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” ( Matthew 5:44 NIV)
If you replace this passage with any group of people who you protest against, then you have the right idea. Instead of going to a LGBT community and holding up hateful signs, kneel down and pray for them. Pray that even though they have sinned in God’s eyes they might see God’s mercy, and be forgiven.
I feel like I should end each of these articles with new Christian music that I find and so for this first one I’ll use one of my favorites. I feel like the line “Give me words, I’ll misuse them.” is a nice little summary of today’s article.