Homosexuals vs. the Peacefakers

In the battle between church and identity, homosexuality has solidified itself as arguably the most prominent ethical issue of this postmodern age. As the case with similar matters, such as abortion, healthcare, employment, corporate fraud and euthanasia, the spiritual evolution of gay relationships is changing drastically. And as the closet loses its repute of refuge, popular perception surrounding homosexuality continues to alter, trending away from religious conflict and towards cultural barometer. As the world assesses character through the lens of tolerance and places premiums on lenience and acceptance, the tension between church and state escalates. For the believer, it’s imperative now more than ever to convey the marriage between sufferance and justice by establishing a sound game-plan rooted in the heart of God - to be prepared to make a gentle and respectful defense to anyone who inquires about the hope [we] have (1 Peter 3:15); however, accrued revelation is only the beginning. The key to winning hearts and challenging deception lies in how we radiate truth to those in dire need of a divine encounter. How do we, as the body of Christ, rightfully discern and live out the difference between love and tolerance, alongside righteous judgment and humility? 

Although I do not advocate the homosexual lifestyle, I love gay people. And though I also love the church, I do not believe she has judged the homophile population righteously. Why? Well, for starters, the church has a) alienated love and respect from addressing truth with grace (John 1:16-18), b) neglected humility for the sake of self-righteousness c) prioritized and compartmentalized sin and d) instead of brimming with compassion and understanding, we’ve allowed ourselves to simmer with muted Spirit. And what do we do to bridge the widening gap between the homosexual and heterosexual communities? We spew out truth after truth, conviction after conviction, in hope a heap of catchy phrases and likeable locutions will be enough to tip the scale. But the truth is: Homosexuals do not need sermons that preach, but real people that reach. They do not need pious, pretentious perspectives rooted in offense. And they certainly do not need supporters of holy matrimony so easily affronted when biblical absolutes are challenged. If only we would decrease to arrogant jostling and increase to honest love and transparent communication. If only we would lay down our right to be right, we would soon realize the reason why the lost love to loathe is because believers do the exact same thing. In blind pride, we accuse the blind deceived. No wonder the world considers us peacefakers instead of peacemakers! 

Conversely, homosexuals should note the irony in labeling all Christians as hypocrites. While I recognize the artificiality in the western church, not all believers are clueless or careless to the internal, intimate details of homoerotic relationships. Why? Well, first off, disagreement is not synonymous to discrimination. Not all disciples hide prejudice behind the “saved” card. Furthermore, not all Christians walk in a religious spirit, converting constructive critique into critical censure, thus, fueling the flame of hostility. Instead, many are shattering the mold by encouraging the church to operate in its appointed form - to love unconditionally, to withhold the stone, and help one another "live a life worthy of the calling we have received...as [God's] people under the authority of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 4:1-3; 1:22-23). (Note: Peter upholds this notion by interfacing one's abidance under Christ’s authority to the call to imitate Christ in how he walked in this world. In addition, Peter charges the church to not only walk as Jesus walked, but to zealously live out spiritual maturity and an understanding of biblical truth).

While I will temporarily reserve diving into a deep, apologetic exegesis on why homosexuality contradicts both Word and sovereign authority, I will say I am eager for both sides to "get over" the animosity and ditch the fear. Personally, I'm ready to step out of the closet and reveal an apparent, contagious love for the homosexuals, as well other demographics that feel abused by the church. For all have fallen short of the glory ofGod (Romans 3:23), and with all the chaos in the earth today, there is simply no room for "holier than thou" mentalities.  After all, people say they want happiness and peace on earth, but what they truly yearn for is to be free. With Christ in us, the church needs to man down, Spirit up and activate a faith with the courage to love without self-induced boundaries.

Note: I am not trying to water down the truth of the gospel. Yes, we need to love the sinner, hate the sin; however, just because there's a divide, doesn't mean we're guilty of conditional acceptance. Sin is sin. And as the case with murder, sexual sin, theft, etc, we need to warn against it, speaking the truth in love. Bottom line: merge compassion and love with real honesty. The evidence exists within Scripture and throughout creation. So may the church make both presence felt and voice heard, so confusion will not have a place to stand.

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Great writeup by David McCarter Jr: The love that Jesus is talking about in John 15 is how we treat each other, not speaking about the union of marriage. People are using this verse as a precursor for saying that God is ok with homosexual marriage. Look at Leviticus chapter 18 (Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but fulfill the law, so this is still valid in Christ) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2018&version=NIV) Also, look at the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapters 18 and 19. Homosexuality is against the design of God. Look at Genesis 2:4-25 (ie: the design for marriage based on God's will.) I can even go farther into the qualifications for elders and deacons (1 Tim 3: 1-7), and see that an elder or deacon is to be the husband of one wife. The point is: does following the Designer of all life's will make me a "homo-phobe?" No, certainly not. Do I believe that homosexuals are committing a sin against God? Yes, no more than anyone who gets angry, lusts, cheats, steals, lies, or covets. Am I supposed to love homosexuals? Yes. I'm called to love and serve them as well. Will I be "ok" with homosexual marriage or homosexuality in general? No. Since God does not approve, and speaks out against it, I cannot , in my heart, be ok with it. I will not judge homosexuals (ie: say "You're going to hell!" or the like), for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:22-24) , myself included. The Apostle Paul, who is credited with writing most of the New Testament, said in 1 Tim 1:15 "This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"--and I am the worst of them all." If there was hope for Paul to change, then there's hope for everyone to change. It is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved. We are called to cast off all the sin that so easily entangles us, and keep our eyes of Jesus (Hebrews 12:1). We are to live as He would have us live. That is the message I will shout from the highest peak to everyone. Our hope is found in Christ Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less.

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