Most of my blog readership includes fellow Christian bloggers, family and friends. So, when I posted an entry entitled “Does God’s View of Sin Evolve?” I knew my thoughts would mostly be preaching to the choir. However, since joining the realm of Twitter, the posts sometimes end up reaching a much more diverse audience, especially with the option to Retweet. Recently, an individual chose to open a link to my blog an responded to my view on homosexuality and same sex marriage. Here’s the comment I discovered in my box:
None of you know what it’s like to be gay; if you were, you would drop this “hate the sin, love the sinner” crap. I’m seriously sick of it. My relationship is not a sin, in fact, it’s a lot stronger than many heterosexual relationships out there. Sorry if you can’t handle the truth. Goodbye.
Over the next few days, I hope to occasionally address some of the issues raised in this message, compassionately detailing the Bible’s teaching on same sex marriage.
“None of you know what it’s like to be gay”
I can’t speak for everyone, but that statement applies to me. No, I do not know what it’s like to be gay or to be tempted with homosexual desires. However, I know what it is to be a sinner. The Bible states,
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
As humans we tend to classify sins, labeling them as big and little offenses. Murder garners the classification of a big sin; a little white lie lives up to its name…at least in our minds. However, our categorizations of sin mock God’s holiness. In God’s eyes, sin’s sin. I think the reason we fall into the trap of transgression allocation is we base our opinion of sin upon the visible consequences and our own personal distaste of the behavior. But the truth of the matter remains, sin separates us from God.
Here’s the good news.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
An old hymn reads,
“Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the day is done.”
Since Jesus knows and understands our struggles and temptations, He provides the right amount of grace and strength to withstand the deceptions hurled at us by the enemy. And when the Enemy launches an attack, God promises,
“I will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, I will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (I Corinthians 10:13)
So, whether you battle homosexual tendencies, lust, or sticking to the truth, God stands ready to help us overcome those sinful choices. Whenever a temptation arises and beads of sweat pool on our forehead as we waver between right and wrong, scan the horizon for God’s escape hatch. And know this, occasionally (and some more than occasionally…Christians included) we fail miserably in our walk with Christ. In those instances He stands with His arms open, waiting for the wayward child to repent and come home.