Why Do Some Christians Say “God Hates Homosexuals”?
God Hates Homosexuals!
Or at least, that is the impression you might get from listening to certain Christians.
This post is inspired by a conversation I had on Twitter yesterday with Jennifer, a lesbian woman, and an atheist.
I have to admit, the conversation was tense at times. Jennifer’s attitude sometimes is that with so many Christians, Conservatives, and others against her, her best defense is a good offense. And, for a time, I was caught up in the same posturing. We went back and forth like this for awhile, neither one really listening to the other (or so it seemed to me) but responding to what our idea of the others position must be from past experiences.
But then, something changed, and we began to hear what the other was saying. Jennifer, I believe would like to see two changes in her life. First, she would like to not be judged by others, and second, she would like for Government, to stop passing laws that restrict her freedom to live as she chooses. And really, is it not the desire of all to be left to live in peace and security?
For her part, Jennifer learned that I do not judge her for her lifestyle, nor do I have any interest in what she does with her body, or with whom. In fact, as I related to her, one of my wife’s and my best friends is a young lesbian woman who considers us to be second parents to her. Her name is Courtney.
I apologized to her on behalf of Christians who tell her that God hates homosexuals or LGBT people (Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender), and assured her that I do not believe that way, because it is not the way of Jesus, who Jennifer admires, by the way. She said that she accepted my apology, and I believe that she was sincere.
I could not help but remember the story in the Gospel of John, at the beginning of chapter 8, where a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Pharisees. The self-righteous Pharisees wanted to stone her, but Jesus, who had never commited a sin in His life told them, “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone at her”.
So, here is my question to all Christians: Are we going to behave as the self-righteous Pharisees? And not just toward gay people, but toward all people whose behavior we consider sinful? Or are we going to be followers and emulators of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Are we going to better carry out the Lord’s work by acting as vinegar? Or as honey?