In light of today’s’ historic events, I would like to state this as simply possible. Even though this is a long post.
Loving people does not mean we lessen truth.
God loves ALL people. This is true.
God hates ALL sin. This is also true.
As a Christian, a follower and disciple of Christ, I am to attempt to do the same. It’s cliche, but I do try to love the sinner, hate the sin.
Hashtag. But it is quite applicable here.
I love everyone, with a deep compassionate love as friends and to see them come to know the saving power of Christ.
But I do hate all sin. Sin is sin is sin, it separates us from a loving God who wants nothing more than to hold us close and be with us. I hate my sin. I hate the things I do that I shouldn’t. As Paul says,
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate…For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Rom. 7:15, 18-19).
I sin. You sin. We all sin. This feels uncomfortable to read, I’m sure, but that’s because it’s’ TRUTH. And truth is not a comfortable topic nowadays. We as humans hate to be told we are wrong, because we live in our own broken world.
It’s like if you were always only given puzzle pieces, but never the box. And are punished every time we try to put them together. That’s society. We like our puzzle pieces, we like having a chaotic order. But we need to see the big picture. We need to put the pieces together to realize what we are missing in our lives.
Alas, since Adam, we all sin and fall short. We all have some…desire..some longing deep within us for answers. For a reason to exist. For something more.
And that more, is God.
And while yes, God loves all of us, God also is pure Truth. and the truth of the matter is, that while I can love all people, I cannot condone the sins they do, mine included.
So do I support the decision of the Supreme Court today?
No. Homosexuality is a sin, against God’s design for humanity.
But also against God’s plan is lying. Manipulating. Sadness. Bitterness. Gossip. Stealing. Murder. I could write article upon article on each of these, because they are all things that take humanity away from God.
Unfortunately, a lot of people like to put homosexuality and other such issues apart, as if they are different or worse sins. The only thing that makes them different is the popularity level. I hate the sin of adultery as much as I do homosexuality.
To those of my friends who are in such a place, hear me.
I love you. Dearly and deeply, and you are good friends to me. That will never change.
But if I say I love you, and I believe this so strongly, then wouldn’t the loving thing to do be that I tell you the whole truth? That I love, and have dialogue, and understand, and explain, and not condemn, and not spew hate, and not base my opinion upon emotion but upon the foundation of who I am as a person? I will love you until the end, and I will live my life in such a way as to demonstrate that the love of Christ is truly compelling to any human heart.
To those of my friends in the church, hear me.
Love is good. Love is God. But God did not intend for love to be separate from His other attributes. God’s love is intertwined with His justice, His righteousness, His law, His perfectness, His holiness. We cannot just love people. We must love them in truth, or else we are just giving a false God to people.
You want to love like Jesus loved? Fine. But Jesus did not love in a politically correct manner. He loved fully, and hard, and deep, and if love meant telling someone the WHOLE truth? If love meant that He took a stand upon the truth, and didn’t move just to make someone feel loved? If love means that Jesus called out people who were sinning because of His desire for them to see the love of God in their life?
We need to love fully, not partially. Don’t be willing to love people without truth. Because of the issue at hand, I say this. Homosexuality, and the like, is a sin. It is. And I will stand by that. I will stand by adultery being a sin. And murder and lying and stealing and so on and so on and so on.
It does not mean I hate homosexuals or any other people group. It does mean I love people and I will do my very best to show the love of my God to this world in as true a fashion as I can. There is no hate in God for people. There is no hate in me for people. God is love, and because of that love I will make this stand. God doesn’t stand for sin, so neither will I. I will talk just as much about the hypocrisy of the church as I will the homosexual lifestyle we see now in open legal rule. No sin is good. No sin is more than another, this is just a pressing issue of the times. And so I write because I love, as God loves.