Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful (Colossians 3:12).
Yes, indeed, as Christians we are commanded by God to be compassionate people. But why is the church so uncompassionate toward those who are gay? It seems that we see two different extremes don’t we? We have churches who welcome and give full license to any lifestyle, and then we have the pendulum that swings to the other side and have people holding signs protesting homosexuality yelling profanities. It seems in the midst of all this; we forget to look at and to Jesus in all of this by reading scripture. Would Jesus Christ do either of those things? I think not. Jesus is both grace and truth, and that’s how he handled every conversation, perfectly.
Today, we continue our conversation with pastor and author, Peter Hubbard. We are discussing his book titled, “Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and The Church.”
On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss:
- What does it mean to be sexually broken?
- How is compassion often confused with affirmation?
- How does the Church embrace the conversation and the tension within the conversation?
So how do you embrace the tension that surrounds this conversation of homosexuality and gay marriage? How does your church engage the tension and the uncomfortableness of it all?
Jesus said this about Himself in Luke 7:33-35,
For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, (that’s Jesus’ favorite name for Himself) on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.*”
In other words, it doesn’t matter what other people say about you. You’ll never be able to anything right in the world’s eyes if you are following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So my encouragement to you is to read the scriptures, listen to the Holy Spirit and know that you know that you know what God says about these very messy topics of abortion, transgender and homosexuality.