An Article just went viral (surprise surprise) about a community that is trying to create a separate prom that won’t allow gay students to attend.
I am not going to debate the theology that surrounds our friends in the LGBTQ community, as I know plenty of Christians on both sides of the proverbial aisle: those who DO believe homosexuality is a sin, and those who do not. However, it seems that for the most part instances of exclusion, discrimination, or outright hatred toward the LGBTQ community seem to arise from those who DO view homosexuality as a sin; therefore, what I want to address is what is seemingly anti-Jesus behavior coming from these folks.
Let me tell you a story (for those who feel that the LGBTQ community are “sinners”):
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the prom ticket booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was dancing at prom, many gay, lesbian, transgendered and queers came and danced with him and his disciples. When the “Christians” saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher dance with gay, lesbian, transgendered and queers?”…
For my friends that don’t view the LGBTQ community as “sinners” (at least not for their sexuality) – the notion that their Christian faith is demonstrated, in the manner in the article, is heart wrenching.
I fear that we are at a place where we need to have honest discussions about this. If you are in the camp that holds homosexuality as a sin then please follow Jesus’ examples of how to treat the folks you think are missing the mark – don’t wind up in the same camp as many of the Pharisees in this particular situation above (Matthew 9.10-12). If you are in the camp that accepts homosexuality please follow Jesus’ examples of how to love those that disagree with you as well!
Article (as referenced above)
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As always…brave and balanced. Bless you friend. We must remember we love G_d as much as we love those the least. Shine on!
the interesting part about this is that you won’t find many of your friends (if any at all) who disagree with this perspective… we all think these sentiments are beautiful and accurate… so where are these people who believe otherwise? they generally fall outside our own circles… so why? is our attraction to comfort such that we omit these folks from our rosters of friends? Jesus said that he didn’t come to help the well but instead to help the sick… which is a greater illness? being a social reject or being a blinded Pharisee? I think maybe we should make friends with more Pharisees
I have many friends who will not agree on this – the likelihood of them posting in opposition to it is just less likely to happen.
why do you think that is?
the hypocrisy of silence… like closet racism… the hypocrisy of silence is what’s so indicting
I should bite… since you implore us to have an honest discussion. I do believe there are actions both abhorrent and pleasing to G_d. As I continue to mercifully transform in attempting to love G_d through my neighbor, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that whatever I deem offensive or repulsive is not my sin to carry. It is not indifference or apathy that is thickening my skin since my passionate views against abortion are typically worn on my sleeve – but even then – that discussion is balanced in the words of forgiveness. As I learn to lavishly expend forgiveness and love for others who feel marginalized, the more I believe I gain a proper dispositions towards G_d’s heart. My history of sins exposes my judgment of another’s “sin” as hypocritical. Therefore, I am gratefully left to encourage, to the best of my limited ability, another’s actions are aimed at honoring G_d.
His Peace (and I really mean that!)
” My history of sins exposes my judgment of another’s “sin” as hypocritical.” Will be thinking of your eloquent words.. and hoping to incorporate them into my own dialogue. Hope you don’t mind… Thanks!!!
This is an issue I often think about since I have many friends in the LGTBQ community. I’m not really sure on which side of the aisle I stand (sin/not a sin). The only decision I have made is that it is not up to me to decide. All I can do is love and not judge. I wish all Christians felt this way. All hate does is push people away from seeing that Jesus loves them right where they are.