I know…sounds scary. But this past week has made me think. A lot. I’m struggling with this whole “Christians who hate gays” thing. How in the world did that come about? Is this more of a struggle with God’s Word and how it might contradict with the gay lifestyle? If we don’t “agree” with God’s Word, do we just throw out the verses that we don’t like? Is it that simple? And that applies to those of us who stand with the Bible on this gay issue. Can we simply say it’s wrong? Is that wrong? Or do we just side-step the issue hoping for “peace and goodwill” and tolerance?
I was doing ok with all of this until yesterday when a Christian friend made a comment about the Chick-fil-A events…something like “when was the last time you saw Christians lining up to donate food to the poor?” She supported the backing of the fast food joint but, by implication, wondered if Christians do the same for those who need help. I think they do. Daily. Quietly. There are no TV cameras rolling when they do “good things for others”.
Looking back to times of dire circumstances…who is the first to open their doors for counsel, their kitchens for food, their hands to physically help/repair/rebuild. I know of many Christians who offer their time and money on a daily basis. Even non-Christians do the same out of love for humanity. Do we do that because we feel it’s our duty? You, know..it’s the right thing to do. Maybe sacrificial giving is done out of love for our fellow human beings. Or because we were taught to do so in our upbringing? Or do we do it simply because we’re following Jesus’s example and His Biblical teachings? Ahhh, there’s the rub.
Back to the gay issue…everytime I or others have stated that the gay lifestyle is contrary to biblical teachings, we’re accused of hate and for the most part, are then reviled in a plethora of ways for having the nerve to say so, even when our opinion is asked for. And when our opinion isn’t asked for, but we’re backed into a corner, things get serious fast. How dare we say what we think! Really? Just because you drive a Chevy and my daddy has taught me since childhood that Fords are better, I don’t hate you for that. Yes, I’m being snarky.
I’ve come to know a few gays and for pity’s sake, how can I hate them? It’s been beyond all reasoning to think that. No, I don’t understand them any more than I understand my Chevy friends. But then the Bible doesn’t command us to love only Ford folks does it? It does command us to love those as we love ourselves. That’s not a suggestion. It’s a commandment. As in God says DO IT! No options.
The Bible also teaches us not to yoke ourselves with unbelievers…don’t marry a non-believer for the sake of a sound marriage and for the sake of you own Christian growth. Do I hate those who have chosen to marry a non-Christian? No. There are those who think the Bible teaches us to eat only veggies. I don’t happen to interpret the scriptures that way. Do I hate vegans? Nope. I don’t get it but I don’t hate them.
Standing with a fellow Christian is what this is all about. Saying we’re not going to keep quiet anymore. Really a bitter pill to swallow when the opposition finally has had enough doesn’t it?
Sometimes I wonder if this issue isn’t really about the need for approval. The need to have others say that no matter what, your lifestyle is fine with us. It’s not. Anymore than drinking yourself to death is ok. Or having 5 babies out-of-wedlock is OK. I think it’s time for personal responsibility to grab us and shake us till eyeballs rattle. There are some things that just don’t change. God’s Word is one of them and the day that we chose to modify/clarify/EVOLVE from His Word will be a dire day.
OK, I feel better. Now comment away. I really do want to know what you think. 🙂