Recently in the wake of all the Prop. 8 stuff that has been going on in our country I have been struggling with some question because of it.
I am a Christian. I am not afraid to say that. But I am not the type of Christian who wants to shove Christianity down your throat and condemn you if you don’t believe what I do. I believe what I do and you believe what you do. I don’t plan on getting into a theological debate on this blog. EVER. Just stating thought and opinions. Feel free to comment and give your input but please nothing demeaning to me or Christians or agnostics or atheists or Hindus or Muslims or any other religion. I don’t plan on bashing people on this blog. It’s not what I am about.
That being said, I am a Christian. I’ve grown up a Christian ever since I was little. I don’t live like and exclusive Christans only life. My biological dad is not a Christian, neither is his wife or any of their family. So I am not completely unlearned, you could say, in everything else.
But recently, because of Prop 8, I have been wondering some things. One of them was asked in the title of this entry. Is the Church too Homophobic?
A lot of the feelings I get, even as a Christian in a Christian community, is that our Church and the Churches all over do a lot of condemning. The Church is supposed to be a safe place to go but I feel that if you are gay or lesbian or an abortion doctor or struggled with an addiction such as alcoholism or drug or looked at porn or any number of things that the people of the church hold you at a distance, look down their noses at you and then when you’re gone was their hands of you so as to avoid catching some “disease” that you carry around.
This is completely ridiculous. If you look at the life of Jesus Christ the things he did were insanely radical and nuts in his day and age. He talked with prostitutes and sat with them. He touched lepers. This was so beyond shocking to the people of Israel that many of them rejected him for it.
Many Christians have taken the wrong route in facing issues such as homosexuality. These people have given the church and bad reputation. We are called to love one another as Christians yet the way we spit nasty words at the gay couple in the mall or glare at the lesbians in the park is the complete opposite.
I have been raised in a generation where everything say “Gay is okay’. My parents and grandparents were raised in a generation where they wree supposed to “Stay away from Gay”. They view it as just sin and everyone that is gay or lesbian as sinner and wrongdoers and then they treat them 10x worse when in fact we are all sinners. And sin is sin in God’s eyes so why should the gay man be treated different than the child that steals a cookies from the cookie jar.
I have family members that are gay. And I know a lot of people that have the same thing.
To be a Christian is to love. But often time the reactions of the homosexual community is more Christian like than the Church.
If Jesus were to walk among us now, in the 21st century I think that he would do radical things here just like he had done back when he first came to Earth. Would he sit with the gay couple? Would he eat dinner with the abortion doctor? Would he comfort the lonely porn star?
Yes. He would.
And it would shock and outrage a lot of the Christian community.
But he would do exactly what His own doctrine teaches. He may not like the fact that their life is against what He teaches but would He avoid them and condemn them because of it?
My Jesus is a lover. He loves people. And I want to be just like him.
So I am not homophobic. Gays and Lesbians do not scare me. I would gladly spend time with them. They are people created beautifully and I will not view them as anything less than unique human beings.
And I am also a Christian. It is possible to be not homophobic and a Christan at the same time. Because I believe that the Jesus that came to seek and save the lost did not come to condemn and reprimand.
So I ask that after you read this you be considerate of everything I talked about and keep the rude and nasty comment to yourself. I am not aiming to attack Christians. I am not aiming to attack the Gay and Lesbian community. No. I am voicing my opinion in the most respectful way I can. If you have a thought you want to voice please do so in the comments but keep in mind that words do hurt. So please be conscious of what you type.