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Watering the Tulips
July 1, 2015
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
I’m not gay. That probably comes as no surprise since I’m the pastor of a Baptist church. But it’s an important point. My charge (as a child of God – not only as a pastor) is to attempt to make a disciple of every person indiscriminately (Matthew 28:18-20). These are my marching orders from the great Captain of our faith! The difficulty often arises when I encounter somebody that sins differently than I do. I can relate to most every sinner listed in our text. God saved me out of most of those sins. But the sin of homosexuality is one I have never struggled with. So I cannot relate.
Following the ruling of the Supreme Court, many believers have lashed out with rash comments that were less than gracious. We are commanded, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6). And again, “…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19). Sometimes, in trying to defend the Bible, we don’t follow God’s instructions. Certainly, this is one of those times.
But why? Why are believers so quick to speak hatefully of homosexuals? Firstly, most of us cannot relate to the sin. To most, the sin is unthinkable and disgusting. To most of us (since we have never been tempted in this way) we cannot fathom anybody else being tempted in such a way. Since we are quicker to open our mouths than we ought to be, we say things which ought not to be said – at least not in the manner in which they are said.
Secondly, we view homosexuality as some type of different sin than other sins. But our text clearly lists it as a sin that will lead people to hell. Without a doubt, homosexuality is a disgusting sin. But apparently, so is sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, theft, greed, drunkenness, reviling and swindling. To God, all of these sins are disgusting. In fact, all sin whether listed here or not is a stench in His nostrils. And certainly, this a short list of sins. Even often overlooked sins such as covetousness are disgusting to God. Remember, He calls covetousness idolatry (Colossians 3:5).
How then are believers to respond to such a thing? First and foremost, we must be Biblical. This entails not only clearly stating the Biblical position of such a sin, but also stating the remedy for that sin. To denounce a sin as damning without offering the truth of the Gospel is cold hearted. To have the remedy for a disease while refusing to share it is unthinkable. Jesus died for the sin of homosexuality. Secondly, we must share this Good News lovingly and mercifully with great hope that God will use it. Let us never be like the Prophet Jonah who refused to preach because he knew God was gracious (Jonah 4:1-2). Lastly, let us be sure we are faithful in Biblical marriages. One of the best arguments of the supporters of the recent ruling is that heterosexual marriages end in divorce some 50% of the time. Like it or not, that is a fact. Though two wrongs certainly don’t make a right, this statistic needs corrected. We’d do well to get the log out of our eye before removing one from somebody else’s (Matthew 7:1-5). Certainly, our words would carry more weight.
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