Objection: The Christian

Response Is Very Hurtful To

Homosexuals

Christians are often portrayed as being callous and cold – merely enforcing rules and condemning people who don’t abide by those rules. Indeed, homosexuals will often complain about how offended or hurt they feel. And, generally, people feel sympathetic for the homosexual and angry towards the church. Again, if that has happened, the church is culpable. However, that is generally a distortion of the truth. Most churches will be gracious, welcoming and genuinely caring towards the homosexual. It is simply that because Christians believe the lifestyle is sinful, that they are branded as being nasty. Christians are repeatedly labelled as being homophobic when the truth of the matter may be that they love homosexual but they simply disagree with their lifestyle. Disagreement is not hatred or fear. Unjustified labelling of Christians like this could be seen as just as offensive and hurtful. Of course, if someone expresses disagreement, people might be offended. There is an inevitability about that. If people’s lifestyle choices are questioned they might feel vulnerable or insecure. There is no way around that other than not questioning their lifestyle. A politically correct culture perhaps suggests that we should never question another person’s choices but Christians are committed to truth and to the scriptures. Furthermore, they are loving enough to be concerned about lifestyle choices that will exclude people from the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not submit to political correctness. One time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” (Matt 15:12). Jesus did not worry about that and rush back to repair the damage. Instead, He implied that they were plants not planted by God and He called them “blind guides”. He was not only willing to offend; He was willing to speak the truth. Society says that Jesus’ followers should not be like Jesus. The Bible says they should. Jesus was clearly very compassionate but there are times to speak out against sin. In fact, compassion requires the Christian to speak out against sin. Of course, Christians should be compassionate and caring in the way they speak. But if merely speaking is deemed hurtful, what is the alternative? Christians cannot not speak out when they believe that the action is sinful and threatening the person’s salvation.

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A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
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Objection: The

Christian Response Is

Very Hurtful To

Homosexuals

Christians are often portrayed as being callous and cold – merely enforcing rules and condemning people who don’t abide by those rules. Indeed, homosexuals will often complain about how offended or hurt they feel. And, generally, people feel sympathetic for the homosexual and angry towards the church. Again, if that has happened, the church is culpable. However, that is generally a distortion of the truth. Most churches will be gracious, welcoming and genuinely caring towards the homosexual. It is simply that because Christians believe the lifestyle is sinful, that they are branded as being nasty. Christians are repeatedly labelled as being homophobic when the truth of the matter may be that they love homosexual but they simply disagree with their lifestyle. Disagreement is not hatred or fear. Unjustified labelling of Christians like this could be seen as just as offensive and hurtful. Of course, if someone expresses disagreement, people might be offended. There is an inevitability about that. If people’s lifestyle choices are questioned they might feel vulnerable or insecure. There is no way around that other than not questioning their lifestyle. A politically correct culture perhaps suggests that we should never question another person’s choices but Christians are committed to truth and to the scriptures. Furthermore, they are loving enough to be concerned about lifestyle choices that will exclude people from the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not submit to political correctness. One time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” (Matt 15:12). Jesus did not worry about that and rush back to repair the damage. Instead, He implied that they were plants not planted by God and He called them “blind guides”. He was not only willing to offend; He was willing to speak the truth. Society says that Jesus’ followers should not be like Jesus. The Bible says they should. Jesus was clearly very compassionate but there are times to speak out against sin. In fact, compassion requires the Christian to speak out against sin. Of course, Christians should be compassionate and caring in the way they speak. But if merely speaking is deemed hurtful, what is the alternative? Christians cannot not speak out when they believe that the action is sinful and threatening the person’s salvation.

Related pages

© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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