How Should We Engage With the LGBTQ Community?
August 13, 2017
The Bible defines many actions and beliefs as “sin.” While homosexuality is clearly called a sin, so are greed, envy, adultery, gluttony…the list goes on and on. Perhaps just as important as being able to define “sin” is to understand all the Word says about it, including how we are to treat sinners.
In Matthew, we are told not to judge others, lest we be judged ourselves. In John, we are told to feel free to cast stones at a sinner, as long as we are first free of sin ourselves (none of us can do that). In other words, it is not our responsibility or right as Christians to judge others; that day will surely come, and none of us will sitting in the judgment seat.
Rather, we are to accept all in love, just as Christ did; acceptance without approval is not only possible; it is a clear demonstration of God’s love.
The LGBTQ community is welcome at 12Stone – just as people from every community are. If we were to refuse the LGBTQ community because of their sin, we would have to exclude ourselves, too, because we’re all sinners.
We all fall short of the glory of God. That’s why we need Jesus! But we can certainly lead with love and compassion without giving approval.
As a footnote, social media just doesn’t seem to be the place to hash out disagreements like this or any other “sin.” No one is won over to a faith of love and salvation by browbeating or tongue- lashing.