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March 2017

Jesus never spoke about it….

I was reflecting yesterday on the fact that so many Christians (and non-Christians) will say that they are unsure about whether homosexuality is a sin because “Jesus never spoke about it”.  Today I discovered the scripture that turns that argument on its head!

  • Mark 7:20-23 – He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.  For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

I suppose the argument that will be thrown back at me is that Homosexuality in a loving relationship is not sexual immorality.  But think of it this way.  The Jews, who Jesus was talking to, knew the Old Testament, they knew the law and they knew what it said in Leviticus 18 and 22 about homosexuality.  In their eyes homosexuality was clearly sexual immorality, Jesus did not have to spell this out to them.

  • Leviticus 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
  • Leviticus 20:13 – “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act;

I believe that Jesus wants us all to see that the choices we make are what defiles us.  Sometimes those choices are influenced by external factors.  I for one used to tell people that I was born gay.  It is only now that Jesus has saved me and I have had time to work this through that I can see the things that happened in my life that pushed me towards women.  I was not created gay, I was created in God’s image.  I was scarred along the way and I made my choices, that does not mean they were right or pleasing to God.

Jesus is clear about God’s purpose for us in marriage (Matthew 19:5-6) a man is to be joined to a woman.

Whilst Jesus was never recorded as saying homosexuality is a sin, that does not mean it is not a sin.  The Bible, God’s word, clearly tells us otherwise and I believe Jesus too tells us quite clearly in Mark 7 that we are defiled by immoral sexual choices which includes men sleeping with other men and women sleeping with other women.

What would God say in this situation?

We often spend our lives in an isolated bubble, letting different issues and causes pass us by until WHAM, something happens in our lives.  A parent gets sick with Alzheimer’s so we start fund raising for that cause, a family member contracts Cancer, we plan a sponsored 10k and get a sponsor form out, a relative comes out as Gay, our perception changes overnight.

My experience of homosexuality and many in the church is just that.  As soon as a family member comes out as Gay, judgment gets clouded, scriptural workarounds are looked for, excuses are made, “surely this is not as bad as all that”, and secular views start to creep in.

Let me tell you something from the heart.  You are not helping your relative. You may feel like you are being ultra-supportive and that you are surrounding them with much needed love but that’s not what God calls you to do.  Yes of course God wants you to love, we are called to love each other but we are also called to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), we are called to restore in the Spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1) and to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1-33).

Now being Imitators of God, that’s a tall order and firstly it means you have to fully understand God’s word, how else can you imitate his ways?  It means spending time soaking in God’s word and seeking his counsel, it means turning from the thoughts and ideas of man and seeking God’s wisdom and becoming aware of what you believe, why you believe it and what that means for all your relationships.  Only when you are walking in alignment with God and his word can you hope to help others to find their alignment with him.  In this instance it means really asking God what does he teach on homosexuality and allowing yourself to be taken by him on a journey through scripture to seek his answer.

I implore you not to do as my family did, burying their head in the sand and allowing me to carry on down a treacherous path for most of my adult life, don’t roll over and hand over your relative to the enemy, fight for them like you’ve never fought before. 

Seek God in this, the Holy Spirit will open up times and places for conversations, take advantage of these.  Show love, show your love and show God’s love but do not compromise on God’s truth, it’s the truth that ultimately will set them free.  Never stop praying, never stop blessing them with love and support, become an imitator of God (through reading the Bible you’ll understand his ways, his plan and his purpose).

This doesn’t mean every conversation has to be about faith but through love and a non-compromising stance the message will get through loud and clear, one day they WILL thank you for it.

Does Jesus love Homosexuals?

I really enjoyed reading this article and would recommend all Christians read this balanced view on talking God’s truth.

Oh and the answer to the question is clearly YES, God loves us all 🙂

http://www.rosilindjukic.com/jesus-love-homosexual/

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