A lot of Christians seem to think they get a free pass to judge in the following areas: Politics, sexuality and anyone who disagrees with their beliefs. I often contemplated, why are Christians so hateful? It’s common to hear when gathering with believers, “I’m not going to Starbucks anymore. They support gay marriage.” or “Thank God for Chick-Fil-A to fight against the gay community.” I’ve even heard statements like these within my own family.
If you’re feeling a little bit of conviction right now and think that I’m calling you out, you’re right. I am.
Who you support with your money is up to you. The Huffington Post provided a list of 379 companies which I know a lot of you buy from. I’m not saying you need to support Starbucks or any of the hundreds of corporations who support gay marriage. I am saying that we need to use grace when given the opportunity to discuss matters you disagree with. As far as social media is concerned, Christians are the quickest to judge when it should be the opposite. Scrolling through my timeline I most often see Christian pages express the most hate. Obeying God does not entitle you to belittle or judge people who don’t agree with the way you see things.
Yes, God did say to share the Gospel and tell the world the truth of who He is. He also did say to love others as He loves us. Unconditionally. (John 13:34)
Whether you believe it or not, God does love gay people too. On top of that, there are Christians who are gay.
We all battle with sin. Some of us deal with lust, adultery, alcoholism, slander and homosexuality. Having homosexual feelings and acting upon them is a sin as anything else. For some reason, Christians believe homosexuality is an unforgivable sin. A lot of Christians believe all homosexuals will go to hell. Yes, homosexuals will go to hell but so will the people who commit any sin and don’t repent.
As most of you know, sin is a lifelong battle. How many times have you fallen back to your old ways? Just because you said you wouldn’t do it again, doesn’t mean you won’t. The devil knows your weaknesses and will stop at nothing to harm you. We all can overcome sin but that doesn’t mean we won’t fall every now and then.
I do believe in the biblical definition of marriage but I also believe in loving others. I have gay friends who are exposed to the Gospel through the way I live. I believe there are others who have not yet identified as being gay and are struggling around me as well. For me to spit hate against a group would cause for them to never trust me to be accountable for their actions. Accountability in the Christian walk is key and I would never want them to feel like I would judge them for being gay.
Christians need to learn how to debate. If you believe in something and others do not, Christians are quick to turn to hate when the opposing side isn’t giving into their beliefs. Not every person will see it the way you do. Hate is a form of ignorance and a lack of understanding of the beliefs you are trying to defend. How many times did God need to knock at your door for you to see the truth? I know for me it took quite a bit of tugging and pulling before I decided to give God full control.
I challenge you to love those who oppose you. You will have more opportunities to share what you believe in a loving environment. Stand firm in what you believe but also acknowledge the importance of others well being.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)