Seeking The Kingdom
Homosexuality Part 2
This week we conclude a two part series answering the question about what a Christian should do if a relative or friend came to them and said he/she was homosexual.
The first thing is show him love. Those who practice homosexuality are human beings and deserve to be respected as such.
Love must be our foundation and approach. To treat someone with homosexual tendencies as "gross" or as a worse sinner is to practice partiality which is also a sin (James 2:1-13). Homosexuality is a sin, but it is not any worse a sin than fornication, adultery, or stealing. Why should we treat it differently? We should approach homosexuals the same way we approach those in a sexual relationship outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
As Christians, we are responsible to teach people the truth. But love also dictates that we approach with gentleness, kindness, and longsuffering. Paul even says that love does not behave rudely (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
These passages discuss what is natural and God's design for marriage. It is unnatural for a man to be with a man and a woman to be with a woman. God's design for marriage is 1 man and 1 woman.
Also, we address the argument about the relationship between David and Jonathan. Many who advocate for homosexuality will look to David and Jonathan as an example of faithful men who were homosexual. (1 Samuel 20:17, 30, 41, 42) Though it is obvious that these two men loved each other deeply, it does not support the idea of gay relationship. This false position is also contradicted by the fact that David and Jonathan were both very heterosexual men. They both had wives and children. David even lusted after a woman in 2 Samuel 11:1-5.
In the end, homosexuals and heterosexuals need to repent of sins and submit to Christ. It isn't easy to overcome desires, but it must be done. To practice any sexual relationship that is not ordained by the Creator is to practice immorality. That includes Adultery, Fornication, Pornography, Bestiality, Homosexuality, etc.
Remember, the proper way of approaching one who is in sin requires love, patience, and kindness. A Christian does not address any sin with violence, rudeness, and meaness.