all-hes-done asked a question:
Hey so There’s a question that has always bothered me and I’ve never really gotten an answer. So.. I’m not gay but, the bible is always condemning gays to hell. However, the bible always says that whoever loves Jesus will enter the kingdom of God. What do you think would happen to a gay Christian?
Hey dear friend, I’ve stopped discussing homosexuality on the internet because I think it diminishes real people into “debatable issues.” There’s just no nuance about it anymore. I’m nervous even writing this.
I also stopped talking about it because we live in an increasingly offended culture that’s too immature to handle discussion without devolving into a troll-war or getting high-fives from the choir. One way or another, I’ve made another Christian or SJW angry with knee-jerk overreactions because I could’ve “worded something better,” and I’m just too tired to defend myself to people who have already made up their minds. I don’t mean to be so glib — but really, can we talk about it without yelling?
I hope you’ll know that the Bible is not “always condemning gays to hell.” At most, the Bible mentions homosexuality about seven times. Of those seven, the translations from the original Hebrew and Greek are not clear-cut. Of the two that seem obvious, even those seem to be talking more about premarital sex than anything else. I don’t mean that the quantity of Bible verses necessarily equates to importance, but for all its bad press, the Bible doesn’t have a ton to say about sexual identity. The culture focuses on it much more than the Bible does. The Bible does talk about a good marriage, but that doesn’t instantly mean it’s an anti-polemic against anyone else. I think people made it that way.
I also want to question this term “gay Christian.” I don’t understand it. I don’t get how we can identify a Christian with an adjective in front of them. I don’t think Billy is a “super Christian” or Susie is a “sleepy Christian” or Hank is a “bad Christian.”
You’re either adopted into the family of Jesus, or you’re not. Saying “gay Christian” sounds like someone is more disadvantaged than others or as if that’s their sole description as a human being. It does not meet as equals. It calls too much attention to sexuality, when no one is solely their sexual identity. Christianity transcends these kinds of labels and pigeonholes. You’re more than the sum of your attractions and professions and accomplishments.
I think an over-importance on any single part of our identity will wrongly exclude “the other” and continue to demonize rather than harmonize. This is true for all sides. Both the prime-time talk show host and the red-faced angry preacher are sensationalizing sexuality as a slave to their own tiny platforms. They don’t care about the issue, much less the people. They’re simply trumping their ideologies with pop-culture tactics to reinforce their own flocks. Polarization always leads to dehumanization, until you don’t even know what you’re fighting for. Once you see this, you can’t un-see it.
Here’s the main thing. I want to know if you believe who Jesus is and what he’s done. That’s the priority. I wouldn’t ever say, “Here’s your problem, so change yourself and then we’ll talk about Jesus.” No. That’s putting the cart before the horse. The most important thing the Bible talks about is eternity. What matters is who you will belong to in a billion years. Our time on earth is so limited and only once, and I don’t want to be defined by who or what I’m attracted to inside this flesh-popsicle body. It’s important, but it’s not everything. In the ocean of timeless history, so many of our earthly labels will become shoulder-shrugs compared to the story we live through Jesus.
My hope is that every person I meet can encounter the love of Christ, then they’ll eventually read the Bible for themselves, and then hit on something that might contradict them — which will lead to conviction. That will look different for everyone, and I’m not the boss of your convictions. I’m not your Holy Spirit. I don’t get to legislate your morality. Only God can so truly uppercut our souls to bring about changes we never saw coming. I don’t know what that will look like for every person. But I do know that ultimately, it’s God’s business. No Christian was ever changed by shaming or persuasion, but by embracing His heart. My job and your job is to love people and invite them to the adventure of faith. That’s open to everyone, even to people like you and me.