Christians, can we talk?
I know I speak of racism a lot, and how racism and the love that is supposed to infuse us as Christians cannot coexist. That is because as a Black woman, I’ve been subject to plenty of racism. These days it is obvious that a lot of so-called Christians are failing miserably in terms of how they treat people who look differently from them, but we are also collectively failing miserably in terms of how we treat people whose sexuality differs from our own.
Before I go any further, yes, I know what the Scriptures say. And of course, I do not argue with them at all. My concern and complaint is how Christians have decided it is more important to condemn LGBT individuals as opposed to being concerned about their saved status. Remember the Great Commission of Matthew chapter 28, when Jesus tells His disciples “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”? It didn’t come with stipulations. It didn’t ask us to determine who was worthy of the message of salvation or not. It didn’t tell us to try to rank sins in a manner that causes us to forget our own. That is what is happening now.
There have been LGBT individuals in the world since the beginning of time, and guess what… some of the people in the churches right now just might be gay (gasp!). You know the praise team leader? The one who leads his team with such passion and energy that he can bring a whole church to its feet? If he just so happens to be gay, does that somehow change the fact that God can use him? You know that cute little old lady who sits in the second pew from the front donning the best church hats and admonishing other young ladies to cover up when they come in the church with a dress that might be a tad too short? If she fooled around with other women back in the day, does that render her incapable of providing advice and counsel?
I say that to make a point. There is a theme in the Bible in which God uses regular, flawed people to accomplish major purposes. You cannot find in the Bible other than Jesus a single person who existed without sin. We as Christians like to think we are better than someone else because their sin may be more visible than our own. But at the end of the day, whenever we make a decision that someone is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven based on our own principles and prejudices, we are NOT living out the Great Commission.
You know what I think would bother our Father more than a person being gay? Since God still created the person, regardless of their sins, just like he created me and you regardless of our sin, I think it would bother him MORE if that person ended up going to hell because a judgmental hypocritical Christian decided that it was more important to berate the person because of their sexuality than talk to them about the love of Jesus Christ.
Christianity is facing a great apostasy. People like to blame it on the Word itself, saying the Bible is antiquated. That is not the case. The Bible still stands the test of time. It is people who are messing things up.
So Christians… can we talk for just a minute?
Number one, can we stop being so blind as to pretend to think that a gay person can’t also be a Christian? I often hear people talking about not “judging” other people. Apparently people take that to believe that basically we are not supposed to ever question anyone’s actions, beliefs or lifestyle. Wrong.
Only God can judge whether a person is truly saved or not. That’s what only He alone can determine. Me and you, if someone says they are a Christian, we have to take them at face value. But God knows that person’s innermost thoughts. He knows the condition of their heart. He knows if that person truly accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Think about it. In the Old Testament, God set up the nation of Israel to be a priestly nation to the rest of the world. They were supposed to show the rest of the world how to live holy and how to worship God. They failed miserably because instead of living righteous, they wanted to follow the ways of the world. Now, we have us Christians, who should be living lives that are permeated with the love of Christ so as to draw people to Him, and we are failing miserably because we want to follow the ways of the world. There are Scriptures in the Bible to support the fact that God does, in fact, expect us to hold people accountable for their behavior. Why?
Not to berate them. Not to make them feel badly about themself. Because we love them. That’s what this Christian thing is supposed to be all about. We are supposed to LOVE people. We are supposed to love EVERYBODY. Do I understand what it feels like to have romantic feelings for another woman? No. Do I need to? Nope. It’s not my concern. My concern is talking to them about Jesus if they do not already know Him and allowing HIM to do the convicting work as He does in mine.
In order for us to do that effectively, let me get to number two. One of my favorite Scriptures, particularly in these times, is Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Need I say more? When did Christians forget that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)??? So where do you get off thinking that you have more right to the kingdom of heaven than anyone else just because you haven’t been intimately involved with a member of the same sex?
Am I saying water down the Bible message? Absolutely not! What I am saying that our approach should be peppered with LOVE. If Christians continue to show this hateful side–the proposed transgender ban for the military, despite the fact that there are transgender folks already serving and doing just fine? So we want to take away their livelihood now? Yeah, I’m sure they’ll want to listen to us talk about Jesus after that, right?–we can expect further apostasy. I’m actually kind of tired of it being an issue. I love people and don’t want anyone to get sent to hell. So therefore I can put aside my confusion about their romantic goings-on and focus on their soul’s goings-on.
I urge my Christian brethren to do the same. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his. savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”