The facts are undeniable. Some homosexuals have
been treated shamefully - not necessarily by the
church. Society at large has been pretty tough.
Homosexuals have been mocked, physically hurt
(and sometimes, killed) and rejected. “Gay-bashing”
has been seen as fun by some.
Sometimes it has been by the church. Churches
have rejected homosexuals. Christian families have
rejected their own sons and daughters.
Homosexuals have felt they have not been
welcome and have been told they have not been
Where that is true, the proper response is
Homosexual acts are sinful but that simply raises
the the question of how Christians should treat
sinners. It is hard to justify turning sinners away
from the church, where they should be most
welcome. It is hard to imagine Jesus mocking
sinners mercilessly. On the contrary, He was known
as the friend of sinners. One has to wonder what
would justify physically hurting people, even if they
A huge amount of harm has been done.
Homosexuals themselves have been left
traumatised and rejected, and have been driven
away from faith in Jesus. The church has been
perceived as being hateful rather than loving and
its message has been rejected. Some Christians
have become advocates for homosexuality not for
biblical or theological reasons but compassionate
reasons. They have seen the amount of damage
done and have felt compelled to stand alongside
those suffering injustice.
Where the church has been wrong, it needs to
acknowledge that. I do not want to diminish that by
qualifying it. Nevertheless, please do note that
merely disagreeing is not hating. Please read the
page on homophobia and hate-speech.
Please also note that compassion for the suffering
does not have to lead to a complete reversal in
one’s understanding. Caring for those who have
been treated badly does not require us to change
our understanding of sin or to reject the scriptural
teaching. The other option is speaking the truth in
love, which is our next topic.
Speaking the truth in love
Homophobia and hate-speech
Homosexuality and the Church Leadership Crisis, by
This article looks at how the church can have a
mission to homosexuals but starts by looking at
the history of “systemic victimisation”.
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality