Today I wanted to write you this message as a Christian because I felt that there are some important truths that you ought to know. These are not truths just relevant to you, as I want you to know that I am not “singling” you out but I wanted to address you as a community because I wanted to tell you this; specifically. I know that you may not be interested in what I have to say but know that this comes from a place of sincerity. First, I want to say that I am sorry for the words and actions towards you that are that are full of hate, full of vulgarity and that are indecent. While I can not speak for those who are not believers in Christ for their actions, as a Christian, I can say that, that is absolutely not what the Word of God is about and NOT of God. If you’ve been told that God hates you, know that, THAT is a lie. The truth is GOD LOVES YOU, no matter what you do. No matter what any of us do. John 3:16 says for God so loved the “world”; not certain groups of people but he loves the world and you are apart of that world so he does love you. If you’ve been mistreated and bullied; know that, THAT is not okay..and never will be; no matter what. The truth is: repeatedly throughout the word of God, the bible speaks that we are to “love” one another:
Ephesians 4:32: it says ” Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Christ forgave you“.
John 15:12: “This is my commandment; that you love others as I have loved you“.
Ephesians 4:29-32: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Let me be the one to tell you, if you do not know, the 2nd greatest commandment that the Lord our God gave to us was to “Love our neighbor as ourselves“. So the actions apart from love such as hate & bitterness is not of God. While not an excuse for our actions, know that we all do fall short of the glory of God because we all have sinned. We are not perfect, but our God is and we are to strive to be like him and because that is the truth; we are to strive to love just likes he loves.
Now I also want you to know that though the Lord will always love you, it is the action that he does not love. You see, the Lord separates the being from the action; but know that just because he loves you, that does not mean he loves what we do. So, what is the truth here ? It is the TRUTH that God loves you regardless of the practice of homosexuality , but know that God does not love that you do practice it. In fact, he hates it because he HATES sin. Not YOU, the sin. Okay I am going to stop right here and make a two points:
1) We all have to recognize that there is a distinction between loving someone on the basis of what they do ( like we do) versus loving the very being of someone like GOD does. God does not love any of us more or less because of what we do; he does not love that way. For example, one may be a liar and trust me that God HATES lying but make no mistake; God hates lying, not the individual that is being a liar. It’s the SIN that he hates that we make the choice of doing.
2) Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” If God only loved us on the basis of what we did, because we all have sinned, let’s be frank…God would not love ANY OF US. So, because that is not the truth; we know that the opposite must be true: He loves us, not the sin.
Now continuing on; it is our responsibility as Christians to let you know that homosexuality is a sin and is not right; on the basis of the word of God which we hold to be true.
The bible says in Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
That being said; sometimes people get the wrong idea and think of it that we are spreading a message of hate or some other negative message. Well, as said earlier, the message we are to tell is not one of hate but of love in TRUTH go. Now loving in truth means you speak the truth but not from a place that is “holier than thou” or out of ” let me be GOD”. The truth is homosexuality is a sin and for the wages of sin is DEATH….period. This hold true whether you practice lying, cheating, stealing and ANY other sin out there. It may not be the most pleasant message you ever hear but it is the truth. But there is a hopeful message, for the wages of sin is death BUT ( praise God) the gift of God is eternal life…that is something you can have…anyone…but you got to know and believe the truth…all of it. So, if you ask me whether I support homosexuality and I say “No”, I am not being a hater but a truthsayer. If you ask me whether I approve of your relationship or whatever else and I say no, know that I am not thinking that I am better than you or condemning you but I can not please you and please God at the same time. It does not work that way and because it does not work that way; I have to tell you the truth. Not aggressively,judgmentally, and hatefully but genuinely in LOVE tell you the truth. Love is kind and patient and respectful and love is TRUTH who is God. The bible says let NO corrupting talk come from our mouth ( which include LIES and hate) but because the truth would be what is necessary for building you UP so that you may have grace, then it ought to be said.
Okay so by now, you may be wondering why I felt it’s important to tell you this. Well, it’s our duty as Christians to let people know of the truth. To not speak up, would be denying what we believe in. 2 Timothy 2:15 says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth”. We are commanded to speak in love, to live a life in love, to love other people and because we are to love; we are to love in our words and actions; and today I hope that the act to write these words to you evidently shows this love.