I’ve been really toying with writing this specific post, for a long time, because it’s a very sensitive subject. I just have a feeling I need to write it!
We as a Christian community define sins in categories of how “bad” they are. I’m sorry, but have you read the Bible? That’s not really a thing.
Recently, there have been countless articles, blog posts, and tv show episodes about homosexuality. You name the platform; there has been something about it on there. So many of these posts have been about how Christians hate homosexuals and such, which I admit, there are many Christians who do hate them… but, THAT IS NOT RIGHT.
It’s just not. I honestly get so upset when I hear someone talking about homosexuals like they’re not people or they’re less than us because they’re “sinning.”
Here’s the thing, I 100% do not agree with homosexuality, I don’t support the movement, but I do not hate anyone who is homosexual and neither should any other person who calls themselves a Christian.
Do you hate people who have sex before they’re married?
Do you hate people who gossip?
Have you ever done anything wrong?
Do you hate anyone who’s lied?
Do you hate people who steal?
Do you hate people who mess up?
Do you hate people who get divorced?
Do you hate anyone who’s ever physically harmed someone?
Oh really? You don’t hate all those people? Weird. I thought those were all sins too…
Have you ever done anything wrong? Oh, you have? Weird…
Romans 3:23 (ESV)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
I know this post sounds really sassy, and you know what? It is. I’m so tired of people putting each other in sin categories’.
In the book “Jesus Is _____.” By Judah Smith, he basically says that there are two type of people, the kind that know they’re sinners and the kind that think they’re not. That’s it isn’t it? There are on the people that know they’ve messed up and that they need grace and there are people who think they are better than everyone because they haven’t ever done anything “that bad.”
1 John 1:8 (ESV)
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
We do not carry the right to condemn people, but to love people even if we disagree with them.
Matthew 5:38-39 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
Jesus didn’t punch all the sinners in the face, he went out to eat with prostitutes and murderers, he partied with rappers, he did all the stuff we are terrified to do. He loved people for who he created them to be not what they were living their life as.
Think about it for a minute, God died for every single human ever in existence. If he didn’t do that, his grace wouldn’t be here for us, so we’d all be screwed because we’ve all messed up.
The thing is, you may not agree with me, and that’s totally fine, but we have been called to be Gods hands and feet, not his brain... His hands and feet love people. He is love.
1 John 4:8 (ESV)
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:7 (ESV)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
I get the whole thing about calling out your brother when he messes up, but you can do that in love also. You wouldn’t scream at yourself and condemn yourself, at least I hope not, so don’t do that to someone you want to see who God really is.
Mark 12:31 (ESV)
“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
So, I know this post is a little “rant-y” and lacking in the humor department, but I just had to say this. Yeah, I mess up all the time and I’m awful at loving some people, but that doesn’t mean I’m right. Every day is learning and growing process. Loving people is hard, but so rewarding. Get up, go love on somebody you wouldn’t usually and then watch those small acts of selfless love change the world.