Misguided Compassion Toward Gays
OK...I am really really having a difficult time understanding some of these comments coming from people involved in the Emergent church as they talk about the issue of homosexuality.
"some of the most Christ-like and compassionate Christians I have met are gay"
"I have met extremely compassionate and heartfelt lovers of Jesus Christ who are gay"
"Proclaim God's love and acceptance for them the same way Jesus proclaimed God inclusion for those forced to the margins by the dominant religion of his day"
"When your church is full of gay folks and most of your peers are doubting your salvation then you will know you have walked with Jesus"
"Then I realized that it was a Gay Pride parade, and there were biker lesbians making out on a blanket on the lawn, etc etc. And then I looked across the street, and saw these protesters with signs like YOU WILL BURN IN HELL, and GOD HATES FAGS. And suddenly, to me, the evil that the protesters were perpetrating was more abhorrent to me than anything the gays and lesbians were doing inside or outside of their bedrooms."
"We need to reach out to everyone, including the GLT (gay, lesbian, transgender) community, with friendship, love, and interest in them, without any expectations for them to change. Allow them the space to feel like they can belong with no strings attached. "
These people seem to be more concerned with how homosexuals are treated by those who cry the warning that homosexuality is an abomination to God than they are about the eternal destiny of a person who refuses to repent from this sin of sodomy.
We are being pressured to believe that opposing sodomy is more offensive to God than the act of sodomy. I have read in the bible that when a man lies with another man as one would lie with a woman it is an abomination to God. So now am I to believe that Jesus just hung out with homosexuals regularly and "loved" them by just allowing them to be who they are without ever confronting their sinfulness toward him or demanding that they repent of their sin? If this was true were the homosexuals ever repelled by Christ's holiness? Strange, I have never read in the bible that Jesus hung out with homosexuals but that doesn't stop people from claiming that he did (I guess that's part of the re-imagined christian faith)...yet I have read in the bible that God sees homosexuality as an abominable sin. Interesting how they use their imagination to add to what is not written in the bible and conveniently ignore what is.
These people who feel this way need to remember that the same Jesus whose teachings they claim to adhere to is also the same Holy Spirit who inspired men to write the scriptures which state clearly that homosexuality is a sin.
I understand that traditionally the church has been weak in reaching out to the needs of homosexuals therefore the emergent crowd, eager to help these people (I believe they are sincere) take it to the other extreme with a misguided compassion believing that the way to help them is to be comfortable with their "alternate" lifestyle and avoid defining it as the bible defines it– as sin. They better be careful. If they are choosing to side with the homosexual community and not call it a sin then they opposing God and his word.
When this issue is handled this way I get very uncomfortable because I know that God does want us to have compassion for sinners–all sinners. I know that some who oppose sinful lifestyles may not always be dealing with it in an outwardly loving manner and I would not condone everyone's methodology, but the very fact that they are calling it what it is accurately according to scripture IS a form of love because they have the decency to tell someone the truth about their sinful choices. I'd hate to go to a doctor and have him beat around the bush about a terminal disease I have which is exactly what sin is in a spiritual sense. A doctor such as this would be of no value to the patient if he could not clearly explain the disease and then offer the remedy. Are we not to tell them the consequences if they continue in their sin? (unless of course there is a re-definition of the consequences).
I also know that it is our absolute stance against sinfulness which is what causes the world to hate us. Jesus did say the world will hate us. The world will hate us because the world loves darkness rather than light. And as we bring the light of God's truth as ONLY found in His holy inspired word we should expect to get reactions of defiance and animosity.
Genuine christians will have compassion for the lost–thieves, murderers, rapists, liars, cheats etc., You don't generally see anyone crying to reach out to rapists or murderers the same way they do for homosexuals because society in general believes that murder is sin, wrong, and evil. However, our society today DOES NOT believe that homosexuality is a sin, it's just not the best choice you can make for your life. This sounds exactly like the positions taken by those involved in the Emergent church each time the issue comes up. So whenever you see christians take a bold stand against this sin, in particular, the theologically liberal side of evangelicalism is right there ready to stand side by side with the homosexual movement condemning christians.
I don't get it.
This Emergent church movement crowd is following right along in typical relevant postmodern like fashion as lemmings running to their death into the sea...and as they are running getting mad at the person holding a sign warning them of their impending doom. They ought to come to a screeching halt thanking that person for warning them.
THIS POST from Dan Kimball's blog talks about what happened to him one day when he unknowingly stumbled upon a gay pride parade in his town.
The quotes listed in the beginning of this article are from readers responding Dan Kimball's post.
I don't know what is going on. I cannot understand why so many in this emergent movement are so quick to side with those engaged in sodomy and so easily condemn and oppose christians who are trying to take a stand against sin.
I find no glee in addressing an issue like this. I have compassion for the lost. But if I truly love some one I am going to tell them the truth even though they may not like to hear it. All sinners need to repent and cling to Christ for forgiveness. No one person is any better than the other. We have all offended God. But if I want to abide in Christ then I need to have his word abide in me. Therefore I need to know what his word says and submit to his will as clearly taught in his word. This will enable me to see his truth, his requirements and see my sin clearly.
––by the way
If you want to check out more of this blending of dark and light then you can listen to THESE AUDIOS of Tony Campolo and his wife when speaking to the "gay christian" network (isn't that an oxymoron?). It's not directly connected to the above info but it's just more of the same old same old postmodern emergent compromising and re-inventing of the christian faith.