One day last week I got into a discussion on Facebook with a person via a mutual friend. They were condemning those who say homosexuality is a sin. The argument was that Jesus never said it was. The only one who did was Paul and so, it was just the opinion of one man.
I don't want to get into the whole thing here because it's really more of the same old, same old. It's very hard to convince someone of something they don't want to see. Not even when you show them Bible references that show that while Jesus didn't say anything directly about homosexuality, he did say that God's laws were in effect and should be followed....and if you take a look at the law in Deuteronomy, God had something to say on the subject. As for Paul, he was God's chosen messenger and he met Jesus face to face. I think I'll take his word on the subject.
Like I said, same old, same old.
What's been bugging me is a comment the person made when I said that anyone who is judging a homosexual is in the wrong. I told them a Christian should be showing love while still hating and not condoning or encouraging the sin. They said that was still judging and pretty much implied that you can't hate what someone's doing and still love them. I disagree (obviously).
So, this morning I wrote the following and posted it as my Facebook status. Tell me, do you think I explained it well?
How can a Christian say something is a sin, but that he still loves the person caught up in that sin?
Think of it like this: A parent has a child, raises that child, and invests in that child. The child becomes involved in something the parent believes is a sin (murder, homosexuality, child molestation, petty theft....it doesn't matter). The parent is not going to be happy, nor is the parent going to condone what the child is doing or has done, but the parent is also NOT going to stop loving the child. They may try to lovingly guide or correct them (what parent doesn't do this when a child does something wrong or harmful?) but they still love the child.
It's like that....only more so, because the Christian has Christ to show him how to love. The Christian isn't perfect, but he is on a journey...growing and learning how to love ALL. Even the ones who have caused him the most pain and don't deserve it.