Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Although I could be setting myself up for an argument, I feel the need to say that what most Christians who hate a certain people group or sexuality forget is that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and yes, that includes every do-good religious Christian out there. The very root of our faith is to admit we are as imperfect as the next person (literally) and that we, like all, need Jesus as our Savior. And although we believe as a part of our faith in God that homosexuality is a sin -- the bible tells us so, and if you don’t think so, you need to consider if you really believe the Bible, or just the parts that makes you happy -- Jesus didn’t come to save those who already had their act together. He came to love and save those who are sinners.
And if we were really acting like Jesus, we would love everybody. And when we encounter those who are not Christians, we would come to them in humility, saying, “You know what? The reason I am a Christian is because I have messed up and I am not worthy of life in unity with a perfect God; but Jesus bridged the gap between sinners and God by taking the punishment of death that I deserve. I deserve death because every act of sin, lack of right-doing, and wrong thought I think, is an act of rebellion against a Holy God who made me. ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 6:23). So I want you to know that Jesus loves you, even if you are sinning and imperfect, and I know this is true because He loves and forgives me daily.”
So to every person who a Christian has wrongfully, and sinfully, hated, I want to let you know that they are wrong for doing so, and they need the forgiveness of God for acting so wrongfully against you in His Name. And I also want to let you know, that Jesus loves you, He is God, and He is pursuing a relationship with you.
And to every Christian who has hated someone for sinning, realize that we have all sinned, and every sin is equal. There’s no such thing as “less of a sinner than…”. We ALL, and yes I mean ALL, need Jesus’ love and salvation. And you need to consider where you would be if Jesus hated you because you were in sin? Remember, we are ambassadors of Christ when we became a Christian, and you need to seriously pray and repent to our Loving God if you haven’t been showing Jesus to the world.
When has someone responded hatefully toward you because of the sin in your life? How did it make you feel? How can we as Christians be less hateful toward groups of people who disagree with us and who, in our opinion, are leading sinful lifestyles?