Sunday, September 26, 2004

Christians & Homosexuality

I have often heard it said when people are arguing about issues like homosexuality and Christianity - "Can't we all just get along!" - And that got me thinking about the issue.

So I have a very serious question I would like to pose to you my faithful readers. And trust me, I know some of you are from Germany and Canada and of course from right here in California.

What do you think Christians and Homosexuals have in common?

In what ways are our values similar?

In what ways do we view the world a like?

And finally, what do you think is the biggest obstacle between the Christian community who believes that homosexuality is a sin, and the homosexual community who believes that all Christians are intolerant bigots?

Be respectful, and please only post short comments and if you have a source, just link it and not the whole article. Thanks.


Blogger lloydletta said...

Hi Stacy - good question and throughfully raised. First of all I don't think the groups are mutually exclusive. There are many gays who are christian.

I have some very good friends, who were a lesbian couple - and when they became "born again", they came to the conclusion they could not be gay and christian. So they tried the exgay ministries (in Minneapolis the Outpost).

Eventually one of the women came to the conclusion that it was ok to be gay and christian. The other still believes that is wrong.

I also know many other gays who have stayed away from Christianity because they see the religion as hostile to their very existance.

Keith Boykin has an article about the bible and homosexuality. I don't claim to be an expert in the bible but it made sense to me.

September 26, 2004 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

What do homosexuals and Christians have in common? We are all created in God's image. We are all fallen people living in a fallen world. We are all sinners and need God's redeeming, healing grace to flow through us.

Our values are similar in that we all desperately crave relationship. We all crave love and acceptance.

In what ways do we view the world alike? We all see the fallen nature of the world. We all experience pain and hurt. We all want wars to end and peace to reign.

The biggest obstacle is that us Christians have been very quick to judge the actions of homosexuals rather than showing God's love. We are prepared to 'overlook' a whole range of sins as we witness to those around us of God's love and forgiveness, yet we so often paint homosexuals as evil and beyond redemption. We can forgive others when we feel that their sin does not exceed our own but we stick the boots in to those who trapped in sin we don't understand such as homosexuality, rape, paedophillia etc. While we should not excuse any sin, we must be prepared to believe that God's love will be extended to anyone who is prepared to accept the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ and believe in him.

September 27, 2004 at 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think most "christians" like "gays" all have a secret sin that we expect/hope/pray we can get a pass on. I think almost all of us have at least one... I know i do, but i have no one but myself to call me to account for it, so it goes on, and i convince myself that it won't hurt... much... i pray it wont anyway... we can repent over and over and over again... and sure, we're forgiven, because Jesus is like that.

But no one is asking us to change anything... guilt is such a terrible thing to bear alone...

September 27, 2004 at 9:37 PM  

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