Dinner with Homosexuals

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Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage has caused quite the stir. On one hand you have the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual (GLBT) population jumping for joy as this is what they have been fighting for now for years and you have the religious communities grabbing their guns and ready for battle. As I heard the announcement, my first thought was, “our world is changing, forever.” The passing of a law like this would have a huge effect on our society as a whole, but the thing I am most concerned about is those who pin the title “Christian” on their shirt, how should we respond?

A “Christian” is supposed to be a follower of Christ; meaning, he is our teacher, our example, the one we desire to imitate, learn from and exemplify. Jesus the Christ was not liked by “church people.” They hated him, they looked for ways to trap him or to catch him saying the wrong thing. Any time a religious leader came to him and expressed “the Law says this, what do you say?” Jesus always responded with grace and mercy before rules, always! When a women was thrown in front of him who was caught in the act of adultery and the church people wanted to follow the rules and take her out and stone her, Jesus’ response was, “which one of you is without sin?” Mercy first.

Jesus was ridiculed and slandered because of the company with whom he associated. He regularly ate with prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners. The lowest of the low, the people everyone looked down upon and scoffed at. I believe if Jesus was a pastor today his church would be full of, drunkards, drug addicts, prostitutes, murderers, the GLBT population, adulterers and any other lost soul looking for love, mercy and a place of acceptance. It is so sad that our churches and those of us who carry the title Christian are not the ones full of love and acceptance. If we truly are followers of Christ, this must change.

Our churches are full of people who are full of pride, hate, selfishness, liars, cheaters, covetous people, who gossip, who have hidden addictions and we can sit in our seat looking just like the rest and  find acceptance and love, yet we are full of sin. Yet if a homosexual couple walked up to the church door holding hands, would we let them in? Would people glare and look at them as an abomination? Would they find acceptance and love? Or if we treated them in such a way, would that be condoning their lifestyle, and we just can’t do that, right?

If Jesus the Christ was part of the congregation, I believe he would be the quiet one that sat at the back of the church. I believe he would see the couple coming and invite them to sit with him. I believe he would treat them like human beings who were made in the image of His father. I believe they would find love and acceptance like they have never known and I believe he would invite them to his house for dinner.

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About Emily French

I am in a place right now where I am so full. Full of love, full of life, full of joy. I love being the mom to my three sons Koby, Zekiah, and Levi. I love being the wife to my husband Larry. I am the Contemporary Music Director for East Cross United Methodist and the Program Coordinator and Creator of MUTUAL Gold a program that teaches girl "They are Worth More than Gold." I am spending my days doing things that are precious to my heart. I have found true Joy.

6 responses »

  1. SO VERY WELL PUT! I would like to re-quote you, if I may! 🙂 ” I believe if Jesus was a pastor today his church would be full of, drunkards, drug addicts, prostitutes, murderers, the GLBT population, adulterers and any other lost soul looking for love, mercy and a place of acceptance. It is so sad that our churches and those of us who carry the title Christian are not the ones full of love and acceptance. If we truly are followers of Christ, this must change.”

  2. Very true.
    But does this mean, we as Christian’s, should support gay marriage?
    I wouldn’t say so. Yes Jesus loves everyone. Yes people, that means the gay community, But accepting people and loving them is not the same as condoning what they do.
    That’s where this world is going down hill. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings (except the mainstream sure does find it out to put down Christians any chance they can) so we just except everything now days.
    I will also agree so many Christians are filled with hate. We should remember a sin is a sin, and hatred is one of them. You can live your life as sinless as possible, but still have hate in your heart, your still going to hell.

    So yes, Christians, love EVERYONE no matter what. But don’t stand down from what the Bible teaches us about all other sins just to fit in with the world.

    • Dear Miko,

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. The post was my way of making some noise about the subject. I wanted it to be radical on purpose because I hate the way many “Christians” respond to the subject. You might notice that in the post, I compare outward sins that people can see with inward sins that people cannot see, all to make a point. I want us to consider that each of us desires to be treated with respect and dignity despite our sinfulness. Yet in no way am I “condoning” any type or shade of sin.

  3. I love many gay/lesbian people, and as a follower of Christ, I am always reminding them that our Father loves us where we are. I am not gay, but I am human, therefore, I make mistake, act out of fleshly anger at times, in short, I am a sinner who relies on Christ’s unchanging and unfailing love. I simply say to my friends who are gay/bi/lesbian that the sin they are living in is really the same sin in God’s eyes. I just choose to repent and ask forgiveness. Jesus would love everyone-in any situation they are in. His love never changes, but I believe the only difference is the ability to repent and still be okay with who you are, and understand that God has seen us the same no matter what.

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