What is compassion? What is tough love offered out of good will to a fellow sinner? One who also struggles with urges and desires that, although of a different variety, run contrary to God’s sanctioned, intended purpose?
Here’s my response to Phil, a self-declared homosexual, who openly expressed his frustration with ‘intolerant’ Christians.
If a Christian acts morally, spiritually, or naturally superior in any way to another, they are not coming from a place of genuine, spirit-led humility.
However, if the God of the Bible is true, then so is Original Sin. Hence, we all struggle with dispositions and tendencies that run counter to God’s natural, desired, and created order.
If you don’t keep that in mind, in your discussions with Orthodox Christians, you will be frustrated.
But we are not Islamic. We desire you peace and the salvation of your souls! We just can’t embrace the lifestyle. We don’t believe this to be a state issue, but a personal one.
However, all sinners need grace that their spiritual eyes be opened. Then the issue of sexual predisposition no longer matters. I am not saying that there is no struggle, but a much greater good takes precedence.”
I am left to wonder if my words are that of a bigot or of a concerned, sober-minded Christian. If what we believe is true, we must hold fast to truth in a charitable, honest, and loving manner.
As WE remain consistently honest about these truths, WHO are the ones with blood on their hands?
Think about it….
Unfortunately we are living in a time where science is now replacing accountability. I don’t believe we need to be defined by our sexual predispositions. Fornication, infidelity, divorce, sodomy, etc. are all sins (in fact, infidelity and sodomy are still on the books as criminal offenses in many states).
The fact that openly gay individuals want to embrace their same-sex desires and marry proves they have no concept (or are simply in denial) of essential spiritual realities. We wind up simply talking past each other. That’s why apologetics is so important, that we may declare the historical veracity and fantastic, absolute claims of the Triune God of the Bible. Without this understanding, all kinds of madness will prevail. What we have today is a complete denial of the sin and depravity of man, despite the fact that we are living in a day when the evidence abounds like never before.
Christianity provides the most historically reliable and reasonable explanation of our natural order, the existence of all things, and our ultimate purpose in this life. Unlike those nations that encourage the discrimination and persecution of gays in their midst, we are merely making our case for a healthy, well-ordered, civil society. However, we remain supportive of those with same-sex desires, and they’ve remained free to do whatever they will in their personal lives. But you can’t tell us that we have to support or even accept gay marriage as good for society…because we don’t.
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