I’ve been debating writing this post for awhile. This topic is sensitive and a lot of Christians avoid mentioning it. But I decided it was Pride month and finally time to share this post. So here is, from my study of Scripture and personal experience, the proper response Christians should have to the LGBTQ+ community.
First of all, I have to acknowledge that homosexuality and the sexualities commonly associated with it are a sin. This is seen in several places in scripture including 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 (sodomites is often translated as meaning homosexuals). God makes it clear that anything relating to homosexuality is a sin. However, He does not put emphasis on it in saying that homosexuality is a worse sin than many others. Homosexuality is placed in a list as equal to covetousness, something we all are guilty of (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). I often see Christianity making homosexuality seem much worse than any other sin but really it is just sin. Just like lying and adultery is a sin. Someone in the LGBTQ community that is living in sin is no worse than a husband who is being unfaithful to his wife or a child lying to get out of trouble with her parents. What I am trying to say is that we are all sinners and no sinner is worse than another because of the type of sin committed. We as Christians should not sneer at someone who is gay because we are just as bad of sinners as he is.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23
So the way we should respond to the LGBTQ community is by seeing them as lost sinners in need of a Savior. They are in just as much need of a Savior as we are. We should open our hearts to the community in a way that will bring them to Christ and salvation through Him. That said, there is a specific way we should properly go about this. We do not want to appear to support the LGBTQ lifestyle but we also want to show them love as Christ would. So here is how I propose we do that.
- Show them respect. That is just the basic way to treat fellow humans. Show that you care about them as a created being made in the image of God. Treat them as just another person in this world, not anyone different. Be their friend.
- Don’t point out specific sins, just the fact that they are a sinner. If they ask if they are a sinner just because of their lifestyle then correct them. They are a sinner whether they are living that way or not. Acknowledge that homosexuality is a sin but it is also part of a larger multitude of sins. Show them that in Scripture.
- If someone says that same-sex attraction is something they cannot control then acknowledge that. This can be the case sometimes because of how sin has twisted every part of our lives and how we function. But also remind them that SSA is still a sin and it is something you have to fight daily once you become a Christian.
Let’s respond with love to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s respond the way our Savior surely would have. Because they are like us, simply sinners in need of a Savior