Atheist existentialist, Albert Camus, once told a group of Christians that it was not his purpose to tell them what they should believe because he wasn’t a Christian. Ignoring this sage advice from one of their own, supporters of LGBT nonetheless seem determined to tell us Christians what Christianity is supposed to be all about and how Christians are to love them as God loves them.
LGBT supporters tell us we are not judge them as sinners because we are all God’s children and he loves all of his children. As a Christian, I agree. God is love and does love his creation; and we are not to judge them. We understand that only God is our judge. LGBT supporters tell us that God loves all sinners, and instruct us to emulate his love by accepting their LGBT lifestyle. Their focus on God’s love, mercy and how his grace covers a multitude of sins is their convenient truth. Christians understand the reality isn’t that simple. God’s love is for all; his grace is for believers.
So, what do believers believe? Christians, of course, acknowledge God is love, but we also know from his Word that he has other characteristics too. In their incomplete understanding of God’s Word, LGBT supporters focus only on God’s love and totally ignore those other characteristics which God expresses to us in his Word. In the Bible, God not only demonstrates his loving nature, but he also tells us he is perfect, holy, righteous and just, and this is exactly why he hates sin. Those Christians who know God’s Word believe the LGBT lifestyle is a sin, and, since we believe sin is much more than just making wrong choices, our motive in resisting the LGBT lifestyle is based on our concern that they are actually offending a holy, righteous and just God and there are consequences for offending him. We want them to know that, while God loves all of us, he hates our sin and takes it very seriously when we sin. We know that it is our sin that separates us from our Creator. The existence of sin and its dire consequence is an inconvenient truth.
Christians know that, because God loves us, his desire is to be in fellowship with us. But his righteous, divine justice does not permit him to accept sinners. We needed a mediator to accept the punishment of our sin for us, and God demonstrated his love and his grace in sending his Son to the world to atone for our sin and thus enable us to reconnect with God the Father.
Christians agree with LGBT supporters when they tell us that Jesus came to bring the concept of grace, to free Jews from their obsessive concern with God’s rules. Christ did come into this world to give us a greater understanding of the purpose of God’s law and to make us aware of our inability to perfectly obey God’s rules and save ourselves. Christ actually came into this world to atone for the sins of those who understood his purpose and recognize they were to repent of their sins. Repentance means change, and change can only occur when God enables us to recognize our sin and how we need to please him in repenting of that sin. In short, we need to get out of our focus on pleasing ourselves and change our ways to please him. As C. S. Lewis once said, this change requires “our total surrender to God”; it is the inconvenient truth of Christianity.
As unbelievers, LGBT supporters of course don’t recognize the Bible as the Word of God; they take what they need and leave the rest in focusing only on the convenient truth that God is indeed a God of love and presume this means he loves them in spite of their lifestyle choice. Since they aren’t connected with the God of the Bible, they see no need to repent. Only Christians understand that need. The chasm between believers and unbelievers is thus revealed. Nonetheless, Christians are to continue to love them, to refrain from judgment and discrimination. In short, Christians need to tolerate the LGBT lifestyle, communicate the inconvenient truth and pray for their eternal souls. That’s how real love is expressed.
Unfortunately, LGBT supporters are not satisfied with tolerance. They crave acceptance, they want their lifestyle to be condoned by everyone. Psychologists tell us that society’s acceptance helps them accept themselves. There is a big difference between toleration and acceptance. God is not the author of sin, but sin is in his plan of salvation, and we know he has always tolerated bad behavior. Old Testament history illustrates how God tolerated the practice of polygamy and slavery among his chosen people, the Jews. We know we are to follow his lead and tolerate LGBT supporters; but, for reasons I have discussed in this post, we must never forget that God does not accept sin, and neither should we (in ourselves or others). We know we are to follow God’s lead in not accepting or condoning LGBT behavior.
So then, fellow Christians, stay the course; do not let unbelievers define your belief for you, but never give them reason to doubt what Bible-believing Christians believe. Act in love towards LGBT supporters by continuing in our quest to reveal God’s inconvenient truth.