A_Cross_of_Candle_LightThe following is a guest post by Luke McCoy.

Many LGBT advocates often misunderstand people of faith who oppose homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Many of those advocates invoke verses like Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” (KJV) or Matthew 22:39, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” (KJV). They sometimes accuse people of faith of being hypocritical, judgmental, or lacking compassion.

However, Scripture tells Christians to do many things, one of which is to cling to what is good and abhor evil. Is it possible to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” not be judgmental, and still be against sinful activity? I believe so.

Just a quick search of Scriptures encourage believers to promote that which is good and refrain from evil:

  • Deuteronomy 21:21
  • 2 Chronicles 7:22
  • Psalms 34:16
  • Psalm 37:27
  • Proverbs 14:22
  • Proverbs 17:13
  • Proverbs 34:14
  • Isiah 5:20
  • Micah 2:1
  • Matthew 5:13-19
  • Mark 7:21-23
  • Acts 5:29
  • Romans 12:9 & 12
  • Romans 13:4
  • 1 Corinthians 10:21
  • 1 Timothy 1:9-11
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14
  • Hebrews 13:16
  • James 4:4
  • 1 Peter 2:13-17

People of faith use God’s word as a moral compass for that which is right and wrong. God’s word is used not only for being courteous or having compassion, but as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Every Scripture reference to homosexual conduct is in a negative, sinful context. This is why Christians should hate the sin regardless and love the sinner. By the way, it’s important to note that those two–the sin and the sinner–can be and are distinctly separate, but the LGBT community would have you think otherwise. It is important to note, too, that Christians will be accountable for what they teach and preach, as evidenced in James 3:1 and Titus 2:7-8.

It should come as no surprise even to the LGBT supporters that people of faith subscribe to God’s word, and that same Word tells Christians to promote good and disapprove of evil. Christians should not ignore this issue, either. Romans 1:32 addresses those who give hearty approval to those who continue in sin. Ignoring such sinful activity might as well be hearty approval, which should be discouraged among all.

Photo By Wing-Chi Poon [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1 Comment

  1. Good points. Your concern about the last sentence could be dealt with by expressing it as a question. “Would it be accurate to say that …?” Or “Would ignoring it amount to giving hearty approval?”

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