So, before I delve in, I want to make it clear that this is an ongoing journey for me… and will be until the day Christ returns or calls me home. I strive to live by and stand by biblical principals in all facets of life, but I’m human and sometimes I let my human-ness get in the way. That’s when I need to draw near to The Lord, repent and get back on track.
So, what is on my heart today? The LGBT community and what our attitude as Christ followers needs to be. Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t know that I’m 100% correct on where I’m choosing to go with this, but it’s how I feel lead by The Lord to go forward, so I’m going to share it with you all.
Now, I wholeheartedly believe that we, as Christ followers, are called to love everyone in the LGBT community, as well as they’re supporters. That is our job.. to show God’s love to our neighbours. We are also called to save the lost… well, actually, technically, we are called to obedience… the Holy Spirit does the saving.
These are some of the scriptures that I’ll be looking at. I’m using all KJV references as that’s the closest to original text, unless you are fluent in Greek or Latin (which I’m not).
Leviticus 18:22, Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 20:13, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 1:26-28, For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Now, before anyone tells me I have taken verses out of biblical or historical context, I haven’t. I have read the surrounding scriptures also as well as taken into consideration the historical and cultural context. The Leviticus passages are GOD speaking directly to Moses, no translation over thousands of years as people love to claim of other scripture references about this topic. I also realise that some of the references speak to temple prostitutes and worship of the fertility gods. I still believe God issues the same guidelines for all of us.
I’m not simply taking a stand on homosexuality, but also the other references in these passages… of nakedness with close family members, people using mediums etc, worshipping other Gods, laying with your husband during menstruation, cursing your Father or Mother, Adultery, laying with animals.. and more. I’m not saying I get this all right, but I can’t stand by one thing in the scriptures and not stand by another. That screams Hypocrite. It also can be a very slippery slope to try and justify one thing when there are a whole pile of other things on the list too. For example, if one were to argue that homosexuals are not in sin when they act on their sexual desires, are they also saying that idolatry is ok, are they saying that adultery is ok.. or thieves, drunks or swindlers?
I don’t have to simply try and put myself in the place of family members of those that identify as one of LGBT…. I actually AM in that position. (I have never even tried to put myself in the place of the actual people who identify as these as I really believe we cannot understand their standpoint at all.. we can imagine, but I don’t think we can ever truly understand their feelings, struggles, pains etc etc.). If one of my children for example were to come to us in years to come and say that they were gay, I would certainly hope that I would have no trouble in the slightest continuing to love them AS THEY WERE… but that doesn’t mean I would accept their choice. The definition of acceptance is ‘the process or fact of being received as adequate, valid or suitable.’ These words scream ‘settling’ to me. I don’t want a suitable parter for my daughter, I want THE partner that God had put aside for her all along. I certainly don’t want adequate… that just screams ‘this one will do’. Um, NO… I want the BEST partners for my children. So, what I’m saying is… I would love them as I always have, I would love their partner if there was to be one.. but you bet your butt I’d be praying every waking hour for them to be freed from that bondage. I would be fighting for them in the spiritual realm. I would hand them over to God because I KNOW HE is one only one who can heal them.
The family member I spoke of above identifies as Transgender. To clarify, this family member is not a believer, so I cannot even begin to expect them to uphold Godly standards. That would be beyond unrealistic. We can only continue to pray for them and to extend a loving hand to them in the hope that we will be the best Godly example that we can be and that if a time comes where they feel convicted of their sin, then they have someone they can go to straight away, with no fear of ridicule or judgement. As far as acceptance goes.. and man, isn’t that word thrown around a lot lately… I will accept the person, but I WILL NOT accept the sin…. I love them far too much for that. We are never defined by our sin, so therefore I won’t treat them according to their sin. They are God’s purchased possession, created in His image, and deserve to be treated as such.