A couple of weeks ago Pastor Louie Giglio withdrew his participation from the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. The pastor had preached a sermon 15-20 years ago about homosexuality being a sin. After receiving much criticism from the gay community, he withdrew his participation. What was most interesting was the response from Inaugural Committee spokeswoman, Addie Whisenant. “As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.” What we as believers have perhaps not communicated well to our unbelieving friends is that there is nothing more inclusive, nothing that makes us more acceptable to the human race than the frailty we all share… sin.
I will be clear from the beginning of this post, I do believe homosexuality is a sin. However, I think the biggest mistake we, the church, have made over centuries has been to somehow classify homosexuality as a sin that is different from any other sin. That those who commit it are different from those of us who don’t. They aren’t. We are ALL in the same boat.
You might say I was born “gifted.” I never took one class in, “It’s all about me” yet I was selfish from the get go. I could lie at a very early age. Hiding dreadful peas under the remaining mashed potatoes so I didn’t have to eat them. And my parents never once had to instruct me in the art of pride. It was a natural gift. The fact is, we are all wired to sin. It is the great equalizer. It is one thing we all share as a part of the human race. It also means we are all in need of a Savior, one who was perfect and who willingly took on the only punishment there can be for sin – death. He died in our place and then defeated death just for good measure. And His love and that gift of taking our place is for everyone no matter what the sin.
I am deeply saddened that so many gays and lesbians have been hurt by believers and by the church as a whole. I’m sorry that they have been pushed out, excluded, looked down upon, and brushed aside. Our sin is no different. His love for them is as deep as His love for us. And we who know that love first hand and know the amazing power of His saving and transforming grace are the ones who have the responsibility to show them that love. Who else? Who better?
I understand that many don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin. Many believe that either the Bible is irrelevant in this day and age or that it has been misinterpreted for centuries. I do not believe that God’s ability to get His Truth to us has been thwarted or trumped by sinful men. I believe His Truth stands in spite of how our culture changes. I also know that there have been plenty of sins in my life that I have been oblivious to, that I have ignored, and logically justified. But as I come to know Christ more and more, and His love for me becomes more real, His Holy Spirit starts working on me. He reveals to me those areas of my life that need to be dealt with, things that get in the way of my relationship with Him. In some cases they’re minor. In other cases they are life changing and painful. Without His love, without His Spirit living and moving within me, challenging me to be transformed into the woman He wants me to be, I would be hopelessly lost in my humanity.
I just encourage all of us as believers to LOVE, to B DA GLV, to let Christ reign in us so that we may be first-hand witnesses to His transforming power. Our job is to love. His job is to transform. But if those lost in sin (whatever that sin might be) never know His love in the first place, they will not know His transforming power. Let’s do what we’ve been called to do. LOVE!