Most of my blog readership resides under my own roof. However, a few other fellow Christian bloggers and friends also check in from time to time. So, when I posted, “Does God’s View of Sin Evolve?” I knew my thoughts would mostly be “preaching to the choir.” However, since joining the world of Twitter, the posts sometimes end up reaching a much more diverse audience, especially with “retweets” and “sharing.” A few months ago, an individual chose to open a link to my blog and responded to my views on homosexuality and same sex marriage. Here’s the comment I discovered in my inbox,
“None of you know what it’s like to be gay; if you did, 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.
Let’s discuss the statement:
You would drop this ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ crap
Although some people consider the above statement a sneaky means of passing judgment, the phrase “hate the sin, love the sinner” applies. Jesus models the philosophy when ministering to the woman caught in adultery.
As Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the arms of an adulterous liaison and dropped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.
In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scratched something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,
“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”
I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” and “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the act?)
As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
“No one sir,” she replied
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.
Many who demand acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement. Jesus added the following exhortation,
“Go and leave your life of sin.”
In supporting gay marriage, some argue God changed His opinion on homosexuality between the Old and New Testaments. Old Testament Law leaves no doubt about God’s stance on homosexuality. So the question remains, is the New Testament silent on the topic? Romans 1:24 and following says,
“Therefore, God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their young women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
God’s pretty clear on the topic. But God’s also clear on the sinful nature of pre-marital sex, adultery, murder, lying, stealing, cheating, and a plethora of other behaviors falling into the category of sin. When our opinions of sin “evolve” and in turn contradict God’s Word, who’s wrong?
The Bible states clearly,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Those behaviors God labeled as sin in the Bible, remain sins today. Sadly, our culture hurtles toward self-destruction because of an “everyone did was right in his own eyes” philosophy. Humanity’s evolving opinions matter not.
For all men are like grass and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the world of the Lord stands forever. I Peter 1:24-25