I have waited a long time to comment on the issue of the Freedom of Religion Act and the discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana and other states. There has been much said in both camps, some has been full of grace and common sense and then some has been awful and hurtful.
The media has done a terrible job in showing those who are actually trying to speak logic and love in all of this. They have not reported on the homosexuals who have donated to the Christian family that owns the pizza place where a mob of militant gays have picketed and lambasted. They aren’t reporting on the Christian groups who are baking cakes and desserts for homosexuals and apologizing for the hatred the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church.
I had 2 revelations yesterday, one during our small group session and the other in a dream that I woke up from. As I had woken from my dream I immediately knew it was God who has trying to get my attention. So let me explain. I was dreaming that I was being told I couldn’t enjoy service at a place because of my tattoos. I was irate at the idea that my tattoos had anything to do with me wanting a meal. I felt intense anger and real hurt because I couldn’t fathom the ignorance of the owners of this establishment. When I woke up, the Lord immediately made it clear that the same hurt I had was the same that homosexuals feel when they are treated differently.
This dream was of course post small group and we had a great discussion on the issues happening today when it comes to discrimination and the proverbial baking of cakes. I began to think to myself what would I do or say if a gay couple came into my church? I certainly think it would be ludicrous to consider asking them to leave, as I would have to ask all of the congregation to leave.
Then I got to thinking, “we’ve already asked them to leave”. There aren’t any gays at our church, have we already made them feel unwelcome. Has Christianity as a whole already built the walls around us to keep the gays out? Have we made it abundantly clear that we want nothing to do with them, or that we are afraid of them because we don’t know how to deal with homosexuality?
Don’t misunderstand me, I believe that the act of homosexuality is sin as much as I believe that sex before marriage is sin. There is no differentiation of sin in God’s eyes. God is no respecter of persons. I just have to wonder if we would be so adamant about a young couple living together and having sex as we would be about someone who is gay. What about the sins of the pedophile or the adulterer? Those sins are usually hidden, yet how many sinners are surrounding us every day at church yet we stand on the platform of anti-gay over the platform of Jesus Saves.
See, I had to ask myself, will a person who is a homosexual be in Heaven? My first instinct is “absolutely not” but the more I thought about it the more I realized if a gay person can’t be saved then neither can I. I live a life striving to be more Christlike everyday but I fail almost constantly. I sin sometimes knowing and sometimes not knowing yet I still sin. However I have confidence in Christ that He forgives me and continually makes intercession for me as He does for all His children.
The more we Christians preach against homosexuality rather than love, the higher we build the wall and keep out those who are gay. We can not expect them to hear the gospel if our preaching against sins is louder. I am of the belief that only Jesus/the Holy Spirit can convict someone of their sins, no matter how much we tell someone about them. Without the grace of God and the faith He gives us, we won’t ever pierce any darkness.
As God has shown me these things, I have finally come to understand Matthew 7:2 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” As I said before, if I don’t believe a homosexual can be saved, I have little hope of being saved myself. May we all move forward in love, as it is literally the best thing we can do to prove Jesus’ love for us.