“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16
So many times I have seen and heard people hurt by misuse of faith. I have heard scare tactics to force someone to change BEFORE they accept Christ or even to say that they must fix themselves before they can accept Christ. We have all seen the “God Hates Fags” sign. God hates the sin, not the sinner.
God is perfect love. God is unconditional love. I have no place to say how God feels about someone being gay. I do have a commandment from God to Love all neighbors as I would love myself and that means loving the Gay couple down the street just as much as it would the atheist across the way. Judgment is not for us to do; we screw that up all the time.
Luckily God accepts all that come calling to him. That is something that I am truly thankful for, because I would not be here otherwise. You can look in the bible, no matter the version you will not find anywhere that God Hates Fags, but yet Gays are attacked by Christians on a nearly daily basis. They aren’t the only groups that are attacked. I’m sorry but my fellow Christians, if we spent all that energy on love the world would be a much better place.
Another story to share, I have a cousin that was starting to go to church after struggling with drugs and bad habits that come along with it. He came forward in the church he was attending and accepted Christ and asked the church to pray for him to get off of drugs. After the service, one of the Christians there and his aunt told him that Christ would not accept him as long as he was on drugs and messing around with the prostitutes in town. He hasn’t been back to church since.
Things like that hurt people in ways that is very wrong to me on many levels. This same kind of mentality hurt me when I was young and contributed to my wandering and seeking peace, understanding and divinity outside of the Christian faith. We come to the cross broken, and we allow God to come in through us and serve as our guiding light to help us take step after step to become more of what God wishes us to be.
Brian “Head” Welch can tell you his testimony about how broken he came to the cross and what God did for him and through him. You can go out to YouTube and see thousands of videos about how God saved someone from Drugs, Sexual Addictions, and from themselves. Not one person can come to the cross perfect.
We were born into sin, the flesh that we wear is made of sin and thus it dies. So from the moment we are born we are not perfect. There is not one person alive today that can go to the cross perfect. If we were perfect we would not need the cross. So before you cast that stone at the woman at the abortion clinic, or the women walking down the road holding hands, or the guy on the corner begging for food, just stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What would it help?”
You’ll find that throwing stones does nothing but cause harm. Would it be better to love on people like that? The woman at the clinic might feel that this is the only way for her, or there could be a much larger story there. I do not believe that women that go to those places do it because they want to kill their baby. They are probably in a very bad spot and hurting with something that they see no way out of. Love her.
Those women walking together, you ever think they might just be friends. Even if they are not, how many times have these women been hurt by men? Even more than that, if you are truly worried about their salvation telling them they are going to burn in hell won’t help anything. Start your conversation like you would any other couple. Ask them how long they have been together and find out more about them. Then invite them to church, but do it only after you have loved them.
Do you love God? Do you love Jesus? Do you want everyone else to love them? I don’t think a lot of Jews loved Hitler. Don’t make the God we love out to be Hitler. Don’t help people that have a bad opinion about Christ and God have validation for that opinion. You and I know that God is Grace, Mercy and Love. Show that! Love people, show them mercy and grace. Be God in all you do. Stop the hate mongering. Stop the judging. Start the Loving. Start letting hope shine through you so people see the God we love and respect.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.by