HOW WOULD JESUS TREAT A HOMOSEXUAL?
WARNING: What I’m about to say is likely to offend some, so if you’re easily offended … stop reading this post right now! I want to make it clear right up front, I’m neither promoting homosexuality, nor gay marriage or anything of the kind…. But!
The Bible in the Old Testament is clear that homosexuality is a sin. There is no way around that fact; there isn’t any dispute about it, but there is this odd place that many Christian leaders continue to find themselves at, over the issue of homosexuality and gay rights.
The Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Joel Osteen is regularly asked if homosexuality is a sin. Oprah, Pierce Morgan and even Chris Wallace all ask him, every time he appears on their shows.
Now Pastor Andy Stanley is gaining a bit of attention because he alluded to how Christians should treat homosexuals. The Christian Post reported:
Christians, he said (Pastor Stanley), are called not only to hold on to the truth, but also to grace, which includes forgiveness and love.
Stanley had pointed The Christian Post to his message series when asked Wednesday for clarification on his views on homosexuality, and added that he might issue a statement to CP in the near future about the topic
What I don’t understand is why Stanley shied away from his statements. What he said originally is correct, but Christians, for some reason hold on to the idea that the “Thou Shalt Not’s” are still applicable under the Grace Covenant that Jesus brought when he died on the cross.
What do I mean?
Well, allow me to point you to the Bible for the answer: Galatians 3:15-22 NLT
15 Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. 16 God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ. 17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise.
18 For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.
19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
20 Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham.
21 Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.
22 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.
It is irrevocably clear in this passage that the Law of Moses was given to the Israelites for a time, only until Jesus was crucified. That’s when the law was replaced by the New Covenant of Grace. So, all sin including homosexuality has been forgiven by God through His son Jesus Christ. There was no sin left behind when Jesus gave his life to redeem us; all of them were covered; past present and future sins.
If we, Christians, understood the value of Jesus’ sacrifice, we wouldn’t stand in judgment of those who don’t believe, because if they don’t believe then they won’t benefit from the promise of God. Let me give you another example; under the Old Covenant of the law, adultery was punished by stoning a person to death.
In the book of John, chapter 8 we are told the story of the woman who committed adultery. Adultery, clearly a sin according to the Law of Moses, but what Jesus did dispels any doubt that He replaced the Law of Moses, because after his most famous words “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”:
10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus never judged the woman for committing adultery and He was the right person to do so, but instead stated that He didn’t condemn her for her sin. He showed her grace which gave her a pathway to a life without sin. And this is how we should treat homosexuals and any other sinner now, today because we were given Grace, now we must give Grace.
Homosexuals or for that matter any sinner is far less likely to come to Jesus to be condemned by His followers, but they will come to a place where they are accepted and loved. Jesus accepted and loved all sinners; so doesn’t it make more sense that Christians do the same?
When will we look more closely at the scriptures to find the ministries of grace and apply them today? God didn’t call us to remind people of their sins, because the law is no longer the pathway to right living; only a faith in Jesus Christ is the way to be right before God. We are called to show people a way to believe in Jesus; nothing more!
So, the next time we feel compelled to judge another human being, I pray that these words ring out “If you are perfect and have never done anything wrong in your life, that required God to forgive you, then go ahead and judge those who are homosexuals, liars, cheaters, adulterers, thieves, lustful, negative or condemn Christians for their hypocrisy”. But be mindful, that those who operate under the Covenant of Law are also subject it’s curse.
In order for our grand commission to be fulfilled we need to look past sin and see the person that Jesus would see.