I was watching the latest Survivor reunion TV show when the host said to a couple, “How does it feel to be considered leaders for Christian gays?” I was appalled and upset when I heard the term Christian gays. I even said, “You cannot be a Christian and a gay at the same time, it’s impossible.” Then my daughter said, “Why not?”
I immediately came up with my argument showing her Bible verses which alluded to the sin and discovered while reading them there were also other sins listed. Sins that we do not find so appalling, in fact some of which we have all committed at some point in our life.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate (male prostitutes) nor homosexuals nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor revilers nor swindlers shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Also in Revelation 22:14-15 the Bible says, “Blessed are those who washed their robes that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gate of the city. Outside are the dogs (male prostitutes) and sorcerers and the immoral person, and the murders and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.”
I believe I have taken my view of the sin of homosexuality out of proportion of how God views all sin. Now, I am not saying we should rollover accepting it as okay to God, what I am saying is we need to tone it down to the place God views it. Remember all sin is an abomination to God, it is all in the same category. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” There is not a list where 1-10 is the worst abomination, but all sin is abominable. Jesus died to pay the price for ALL sin, not just our seemingly lesser sins, but ALL sins.
Where I made my mistake is forgetting that it takes time for God to work in a life to change a person. I am convinced that God is not letting a person alone in their wrongdoing, telling them over and over to repent and follow Him, but in the end it is still up to that person to choose, after all God has gifted us with free will.
Is there such a thing as a Christian gay? I would say I have changed my position, not to say that it is right or okay with God, but to say that we are all saved in sin and we all have to be shown our sin in order to repent and turn.
If as soon as you were saved God immediately showed you everything that was wrong with you and told you to change, it would not only be impossible for you to do so, but it would make you run away as fast as you could, being unbearable to consider.
God alone knows the heart of a person and he alone knows the avenue needed for true repentance in a person. We cannot be the judge or even say that the practicing homosexual does not have a true desire to be pleasing to God. We cannot say that they are not saved anymore than we can say that the alcoholic or the thief or the murderer or the liar is not saved.
In 1 Corinthians 6:11 the Bible says, “…and such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the spirit of our God.”
Father, thank you for showing me this truth and help me to have compassion on all people knowing you are at work in everyone’s life. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen