It was very frustrating this morning to hear a journalist comment ” I know a lot of Christians who don’t believe homosexuality is a sin”.
Put this into context, the debate was about Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats who refuses to answer the question, does he think homosexuality is a sin. Tim is a Christian politician and avoids the direct question by answering that we are all sinners.
My frustration though is that Tim cannot guarantee that the Christian community will back him because the Christian community is divided. I would urge him to answer in truth, yes I do believe that homosexuality is a sin. This doesn’t mean he would condemn homosexuals, make policies against homosexuality or be homophobic in any way. Indeed, as a Christian if he lives by the Bible he would be all out to love as Jesus did, so he would almost certainly be as supportive, if not more supportive than a non-Christian politician.
Speaking the truth is not wrong, judging is wrong. Tim should feel free to speak God’s truth but also deserves to know that Christians within this country will support him with love and prayers as he is bold enough to speak out.
We are called not to be ashamed of the Gospel:
2 Timothy 1:8 – So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Are you sure you are reflecting God’s word in a truthful and loving manner? Are you standing up for Gospel truths or scared to not conform to secular norms? Let’s support Tim and other prominent Christians as they are obedient to God. Let’s pray that as they speak the truth in love God, will use their words to effect change, to open eyes and to open doors.