Welcome to Part 2 of my 3-Part Series: Why You Can't be A Christian + A Liberal!
REASON #2 - LGBTQ+
I am fully prepared to lose A LOT of people after this post. Why? Because everyone, no matter who you believe in, knows at least one person who is part of the LGBTQ+ community - aunt, brother, dad, co-worker, friend - it's inevitable. And because you know them personally, it's hard to disagree with them or condemn their lifestyle. While this is understandable, that doesn't make it right. Put simply, if you are a Christian and you are openly + actively supporting their lifestyle, you are in sin.
I know a lot of people, especially Christians (for some reason??), like to argue that no where in the Bible does it say homosexuality is a sin. Well, I hate to break it to you, but there are many verses that deliberately state homosexuality as being a sin, with one of the verses using the literal term "homosexuality". We see the accounts first in Genesis 19 (and later mentioned in Jude), during the days of Sodom and Gomorrha. Angels appeared in the city and were staying with Lot (the man who's wife turned to a pillar of salt). These angels were men and it is stated that the men, specifically, of Sodom were obsessed with these men (they did not know they were angels) - so much so that they were trying to have sex with them. The men of Sodom were so engulfed with their fleshly desires that they would go as for as forcing themselves on these angels just to satisfy their needs. Jude 1:7 says this:
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (KJV)."
Notice the deliberate usage of words "strange flesh". In other translations, you'll find "unnatural desires", but what Jude is saying is that seeking out strange or unnatural (going against God's original design) sexual encounters is an abomination. Keep in mind, too, that God eventually destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha because of the evil that took place there.
The following verses about homosexuality are pretty self-explanatory, so I will put them below:
+ Leviticus 18:22 - "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (KJV)."
+ Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them (KJV)."
+ Romans 1:21-27 - "21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due (NKJV)."
+ 1 Corinthians 6:9 - "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites"
+ 1 Timothy 1:8-11 - "8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted (ESV)."
Okay, now that God's Word has spoken on the subject, I hope that you understand the context: homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God.
Now, let's talk about a Christian's approach to that sin. We are called to love our neighbor, correct? Yes, absolutely. Homosexuals are included in that. The real questions, however, are 1) what does the word "love" mean to the person giving it? + 2) What does the word "love" mean to the recipient? Assuming that the homosexual person is not a Christian, we can guess that their definition of love means to accept, to condone, and possibly to even celebrate, whereas the Christian meaning of love is, well, God. You can also refer to 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, but either way you'll notice that the love of God is never accepting, tolerant, or condoning. God actually tells us to correct those who are living in sin, but do so in love (Proverbs 3:11-12 KVJ) - the love explained in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (I will probably do a IG post breaking down 1 Corinthians 13 for better understanding of its context, so stay tuned!). The same goes for transgenders, non-binaries, and anyone else under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Going against God in such a way that you are willing to permanently change your biological make up (a.k.a. the body God gave you for a purpose) goes against God's original design just as much as being gay does. He created each and everyone of us in His image and for a purpose bigger than what this world offers. Recreating yourself or living an unnatural lifestyle tells God that you know better than Him, and we all know what God thinks of pride (Proverbs 16:18, Galatians 6:3, Proverbs 21:4, 1 John 2:16, 1 Corinthians 8:2, Proverbs 16:5 - and those are only a few verses on pride).
So, with all of that said, Christians who march in Pride parades, support/attend same-sex weddings, vote on (or choose to not vote at all) anything having to do with legalizing the consent of a 7 year old wanting to take hormones, etc. are going against God and His word.
Love them? Yes!! God loves them just as much as He loves us. Support them in their sin? No. Again, just because you love someone does not mean you should condone the sin they are taking part in. Treat those that differ from you with respect (hi, they are a person!), and love them just as God loves them. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39 to first love the Lord thy God with all of our heart, soul, + mind, and second, to love your neighbor as yourself.
Thank you, again, for reading all the way to the end if you did! If you have any questions on this topic, please don't hesitate to ask. If you disagree, feel free to reach out. I know this is a sensitive topic, but I refuse to sugarcoat the truth of God's Word and where a Christian should stand.
Stay tuned for Part 3!
Sincerely + with love,
+ Wanna read more? Check out my post about why it's important to have Christian friendships!