I know it’s not your typical Monday morning topic.
Yesterday my pastor preached a phenomenal sermon on Homosexuality (click here to listen to “The Birds and the Bees: Homosexuality”). First, let me say Praise God that the church is talking about sex and sexuality!
I have never heard a Christian message on homosexuality that didn’t leave me frustrated with Christians for their response (aka judgement) towards homosexuality… until last night. Grace, love, wisdom, compassion and truth were all over his message. I encourage everyone to listen to it.
Having been raised by a very open minded atheist mom and a step mom in musical theater, I have always been shocked by how Christians respond to homosexuality. Homosexuals, to Christians, are the modern day lepers. Don’t get too close or you may catch it or others might see you associating with them. Where is the love in that?
Before I became a Christian I wanted nothing to do with most Christians. In fact it was Christians that convinced me that Christianity was not something I wanted to be a part of. I went to a Christian school and the Christians (excluding a few) made me feel like I would never be accepted by them, let alone Christ. As I walked down those halls I often felt like the woman at the well or even a leper—if the Christians came near they might catch the sin disease that I had.
What Christians forget is that Christ “said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Mark 2:17)
So when did it change for me? When did I think that maybe Jesus really could save sinners and that maybe I was one of those sinners? It took the genuine love of my brother and a few other faithful friends that really lived out their lives before me. There was no judgment, but there was plenty of truth. They weren't afraid to speak truth to me, but they did it with love.
My encouragement to you, Christian (and to myself), this week is that we would love EVERYONE with grace and compassion. I know my words might have been too harsh. I know I was generalizing Christians. I know so many aren’t that way and you encourage me daily to live more like Christ.
Comments: I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Also, if you have any thoughts or comments on Pastor Gregg’s sermon, please share!