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Quick Comment on the LGBTQ+ Community and the Church

Corresponding with a reader who sees the church as unchristian.

I have had a continuing dialogue with a Medium reader for the last week who believes “the world is kinder, gentler, and more Christlike than the church.” Through the back and forth, the issue that most frustrated him was finally disclosed… the treatment by Christians of the LGBTQ+ community. At the risk of putting words in his mouth, the term “church” is likely being used to define either unwelcoming Christian vestiges within liberal, transitioning churches, or traditional Biblical Christian churches that continue to hold the belief that marriage is between a man and woman.

His Latest Comment

“People in the gay-is-a-sin movement look at [or view themselves as] gay-is-what-you-do. In fact, gay along with the rest of the community, is who you ARE. You do what you do because of who you are and who you’re attracted to. For centuries the church has persecuted LGBT+ because of who they are. Most credible authorities see the Bible’s taboo on gay as being non gay men[having] sex with men for intimidation because in ancient Rome gay was cool. In the meantime, the rest of the world has gone on to accept alternative sexualities for what it is. People are different.”

My Response

Agree with all that you said [from the perspective of an unbeliever]. However, respectfully, some see “who they are” as pedophiles, others as kleptomaniacs, others as homicidal, others are psychopaths and sociopaths, etc.

Your real point is not about “who they are”. It is about the fact that my examples above harm others and you would contend that “accepting alternative sexualities” harms no one. Even though many would disagree in that the LGBTQ+ community does harm others (such as the mutilation of children, and gender confusion in general), that would not be my response.

My response would be that, respectfully, the Creator of the universe in His word, sees a problem with the practicing of those behaviors, just as He sees, my pride, selfishness, laziness, and unwillingness to care for others when given the opportunity, etc, as sin.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

The point is that once you accept the Bible as God’s inerrant word, you realize that there are many things we do as humans that need to be brought under the blood of a Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Folks seem to focus on the hot-button issues (homosexuality and abortion) and miss all the other sins we Christians and non-Christians should be convicted of every day.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Finally, regarding your point on “intimidation” as the basis for the Bible by “most credible sources”, I would respectfully say that a close reading of Scripture is clear from multiple verses in both the Old Testament and the New that ‘intimidation because in Rome homosexuality was cool’ is a unique interpretation at best.

Romans 1:26 – For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

Jude 1:7 – just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

A Reminder to Christians

When this reader made the statement that the ‘world is more Christ-like than the church’, Christians are well aware of our reputational bias against the LGBTQ+ community. We all need to recognize the plank in our eye as we view the speck in the eye of others (Matt. 7:3-5). The self-righteousness and legalism of the Pharisees were not promoted by Christ (Matt. 23:28). Instead, we need to be all things to all people in order to save some (1 Cor. 8:22). That does not mean compromising our beliefs, but it does mean prioritizing the gospel (see “Core vs. Non-Core Theology“) message above all else.

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