Some of the things you are about to read are not politically correct but I am willing to type them for your sake anyway.
Please don’t get me wrong. I do not write to make a fuss, cause division among people or because I have nothing better to do with my time. The reason I have decided to touch on such a sensitive subject, a look at a Christian’s response to the LGBTQ community, is because I want to give you the opportunity to see through the lens of a different perspective. This is what we do when we want to create our mindset; explore our options in order to develop our personal philosophies, right? I promise you I will not use my words to bash either one of these groups as I realize we are all human but would like to shine some light on what I believe to be serious untruths regarding Christian views on LGBTQ.
There is a belief that I find to be supported by our liberal University. This belief veers towards seeing Christians as bigoted snots that stick their noses up at a certain group of people and segregate their holy selves from the rest of a tolerant society. This group is seen as having an intimidating, repulsive inclusiveness about them. They are the bullies of the school.
Let’s be honest, many people see Christians as intolerant and bigoted in their beliefs, especially with regards to the LGBTQ topic. When I tell you this does not anger me I can speak for every other Christ follower out there, trust me. I can also say that this saddens us because if that’s the way we are acting and or perceived then we are not living like Jesus, who not only associated with but also passionately loved every person who needed Him, regardless of the circumstance.
I would like to give you, as the reader, a view into where a Christian, a follow of Jesus Christ, stands on the topic of LGBTQ.
By writing this I am not saying you have to agree with it but would like for those reading to have an accurate portrayal of the Christian belief and not blindly follow what is said about our beliefs with regards to the LGBTQ community.
The Big Lie: Christians Hate Anyone Who Identifies As LGBTQ.
This is one of the biggest lie I have heard flying around campus and seen plastered all over the screens of our media outlets. We do not hate anyone who is a part of the LGBTQ community. We do realize and love the God who died for every person on this planet, a God who wants fellowship with His creation and who suffered horribly to forgive every sin any human has ever committed. That’s a FREAKING huge amount of grace. That’s the amount of grace and love we want to give to those around us, regardless of the circumstance.
Now here’s the clincher that everyone will probably hate and protest and most likely call us bigots because of:
We will not support the decision to live a LGBTQ lifestyle.
This is not the case because we hate our neighbours. The truth is the exact opposite. We want them to live life to the fullest, connected to the God who loves them as a good father loves His children. We want them to experience love like they have never known by the One who knows them more intimately than anyone ever can!
In His Fatherly nature He tells us not to take part in practices that will hinder our relationship with Him.
Feel free to look at it this way: let’s say you have a child who wants to eat ten cookies, a bowl of ice cream and the leftover brownies you baked for your friends right before heading to bed. Your child asks you if it’s all right that he does these things. What might your response be?
I would give a resounding “no” as my answer.
First of all, those cookies are mine. Tralalala. 🙂
But really, did I say no because I hate the child and want him to squirm in misery for the rest of the evening? Nope, it’s quite the opposite.
Even though what I have to say will not be popular with the child I will say it anyway because I love him so much and want what is best for him. This is the Christ followers lens on homosexuality, and every other thing that is pulling us away from our perfect Father’s will and design for our lives.
Please understand that some… oh wait, actually all Christians are human. Unfortunately we make mistakes and once and a while go about our convictions in ways that are unproductive and harmful, just like other people. Gasp!
Seriously though, if you are a part of the LGBTQ community and feel as though you have been hated on by anyone in the Christian population I stand in the gap and apologize for them. We make some serious mistakes. Thank God there is a God who doesn’t hold those things against us but loves us anyway. Thank God that your value does not depend on what people say and think of you. Isn’t it awesome to know your identity isn’t found in the opinion of others or even yourself?
Anyhow, I finish off this article with a challenge.
If you’re not too sure about what I have said or want to learn more, connect with people who love Jesus. I don’t say this because I will win points with the big man upstairs or because I want to be right. Instead, I want you to know your options and to understand where the Christian community is coming from with regards to the topic of LGBTQ.
With much love,