This is not a Pop Quiz

Something has been on my mind for the last week and I had to spend time in scripture, meditation and prayer to even blog about it.

Sometime ago during Christmas a friend of my wife was visiting and I asked him how he was going to spend Christmas. He replied “I don’t celebrate Christmas. Oh sure I go to my parents house and spend time with my brothers sisters and my parents but I really don’t believe in Christmas.

Puzzled I asked “Why not?”

“Because I am a sinner” he answered in a nonchalant fashion.

Still puzzled I said “I am a sinner too. Why are you different from me?” His answer “Because I am gay and according to Christians I am a sinner.”

I was puzzled and my friend could tell as he asked “Why does that surprise you?”

“I am a sinner too but I did not know that being gay was a sin,” I replied. We sat down to a game of chess and a long discussion on the topic regarding his homosexuality. At this time in my life I did know the Ten Commandments and did know that being gay was not a sin. I also knew that…

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 (NKJV)

And that…

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34(NRSV)

So in these scriptures we should love each other no matter what yet some Christians believe that being gay is a sin. So can we love the sinners as God commands us or should we cast them out of our lives? I love being a Christian I love everything about being a Christian I love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and I love our heavenly Father God Almighty and I love the Holy Spirit but being a Christian is not always easy.

By now I have fallen to the way side and have become a sinner…still…because I don’t believe homosexuality is a sin. I am sure that a large number of my fellow Christian brothers and sisters think homosexuality is a sin and are ready to point out these scriptures as ammo for their…interpretation of the bible.

22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination Leviticus 18:22 (NRSV)

and

10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. 1Timothy 1:10-11 (NIV)

For those Christians that believe homosexuality is a sin…good for you. I however am not one of them. I will respect these Christian brothers and sisters for their beliefs and opinions in our faith because the bible tells me so.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 1Peter2:17 (NKJV)

Here I give respect to all people believers and non believers alike but most of all to those Christians that believe homosexuality is a sin. I will not try to persuade you from this belief but please understand that this is just my opinion in my journey as a Christian. As a Believer in Jesus Christ our lord and Savior, the Heavenly Father God Almighty and the Holy Spirit I will love all Christians in the Christian brotherhood.

Sometimes we show disrespect to our fellow Christians through our words and opinions. If I have sinned against you for my opinion then please forgive me my trespasses.

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)

Four hundred and ninety…489…487…486…485…48?  Sigh…490…489…488… forget it I’m just going to keep on forgiving you…much easier that way.

Yes it is wrong for people to practice homosexuality and as a Christian I will abide by all of God’s decrees which also includes

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

Just to name a few of the Ten Commandments stealing is sin using the Lord’s name in vain is a sin and murder is a sin. I know a lot of people that are Christians that pray for forgiveness daily because in a fit of anger they take the Lord’s name in vain. Homosexuality is not a sin but

22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination Leviticus 18:22 (NRSV)

Therefore it is wrong to commit such an act but we still have to love everyone. Why?

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 (NKJV)

Because God loves everyone

 

23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24 (NLT)