Objection: The Church Has Blood

On Its Hands

If that has ever been true, it is it genuinely tragic. And any church that has driven a young person to suicide, because of rejection of that person’s homosexuality, needs to carefully reconsider and repent. Churches need to be loving and to truly desire the best for the homosexual person. Where that hasn’t happened, the church has failed. On the other hand, it is very easy blaming the church and the charge is often used to create guilt and to condemn what is seen as the heartlessness of the church. Before assuming that the accusation is true, we need to consider the following: 1. Christians cannot change their views just because they might offend someone. Christians must listen to God. That does not mean that they can belittle or condemn those they disagree with. It does mean though that they must speak out, out of concern and love. If God does see homosexual acts as sinful and as keeping people out of the Kingdom, it is loving to express that concern for people. 2. In other words, what alternative does the church have? It could keep silent but that would be wrong and unloving. It could approve of people’s lifestyle but that would also be wrong and unloving. 3. Being challenged about one’s lifestyle is not unique to homosexuals. We all face it. Many people will openly challenge Christians. When challenged, we have to decide what we will do and what we won’t. Being challenged is potentially very positive if it clarifies our thinking and values. 4. Suicide is not the only response to a challenge. Another possibility is to stand firm, convinced of the rightness of our actions. Yet another possibility is repentance and change. 5. Society has never been more supportive of homosexuality and the homosexual community is vocal and strong. If young people are driven to suicide by one voice that questions their lifestyle, that might just as easily be seen as a failure of the homosexual community to support their own. 6. Some young people struggling with their homosexuality are also struggling with other issues in their lives. It is the cumulative effect of those issues that lead people, tragically, to end their lives. It is merely convenient to blame the church and, in fact, it is an effort to avoid the realities of the effects of sin. 7. People often have a sense of what is right and what is wrong, despite the rationalising of society. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8-11). Being out of step with God will produce inner turmoil. The church cannot be blamed for that.

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Objection: The Church

Has Blood On Its Hands

If that has ever been true, it is it genuinely tragic. And any church that has driven a young person to suicide, because of rejection of that person’s homosexuality, needs to carefully reconsider and repent. Churches need to be loving and to truly desire the best for the homosexual person. Where that hasn’t happened, the church has failed. On the other hand, it is very easy blaming the church and the charge is often used to create guilt and to condemn what is seen as the heartlessness of the church. Before assuming that the accusation is true, we need to consider the following: 1. Christians cannot change their views just because they might offend someone. Christians must listen to God. That does not mean that they can belittle or condemn those they disagree with. It does mean though that they must speak out, out of concern and love. If God does see homosexual acts as sinful and as keeping people out of the Kingdom, it is loving to express that concern for people. 2. In other words, what alternative does the church have? It could keep silent but that would be wrong and unloving. It could approve of people’s lifestyle but that would also be wrong and unloving. 3. Being challenged about one’s lifestyle is not unique to homosexuals. We all face it. Many people will openly challenge Christians. When challenged, we have to decide what we will do and what we won’t. Being challenged is potentially very positive if it clarifies our thinking and values. 4. Suicide is not the only response to a challenge. Another possibility is to stand firm, convinced of the rightness of our actions. Yet another possibility is repentance and change. 5. Society has never been more supportive of homosexuality and the homosexual community is vocal and strong. If young people are driven to suicide by one voice that questions their lifestyle, that might just as easily be seen as a failure of the homosexual community to support their own. 6. Some young people struggling with their homosexuality are also struggling with other issues in their lives. It is the cumulative effect of those issues that lead people, tragically, to end their lives. It is merely convenient to blame the church and, in fact, it is an effort to avoid the realities of the effects of sin. 7. People often have a sense of what is right and what is wrong, despite the rationalising of society. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8-11). Being out of step with God will produce inner turmoil. The church cannot be blamed for that.

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A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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