. . . posts on faith and life
I have an inordinate amount of friends and family that are homosexual. This has made me sensitive to the way that the church deals with homosexuals. When I was living in San Francisco I once encountered a street evangelism team. They had all kinds of signs that proclaimed the problems of the world and God’s impending judgment upon them. To give you an idea of the basic tenor of the message these guys were proclaiming let me tell you what one of the signs read: “God Hates Faggots (Lev. 20:13).”
How these guys thought that this was even remotely Christian is beyond me. When I asked the leader of the group how he justified such hateful rhetoric he pointed me to an obscure verse in Jude (yes, Jude). This did not even come close to satisfying me, and I was so upset that I really had nothing to say (which is unusual for me).
When I was in college I got really pissed about the way that people talked about homosexuality. I tried to debate individuals on the issue, but to say that it was never fruitful is a huge understatement. So, I began to pray about the issue. I wanted the Lord to help me to understand why we were so incompetent (and yes I include myself on this) to talk about the issue. I eventually found myself reading the first chapter of Romans, which has some very strong statements against homosexuality. I realized something that I had never realized before. Paul’s discourse in the first chapter actually culminates in 2:1 with these words: “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”
Immediately I heard what I perceived to be the Lord to whisper into my heart, “The church will not learn how to deal with homosexuality until it learns to overcome its own homospirituality.” The picture that I got was that the things we are most judgmental about are the very things for which we are guilty. Thus, “for you who judge practice the same things.” It seems that we only want to have ‘intimacy’ with those ‘of the same kind.’ We spend our time with those that think like us, feel like us, experience like us, talk like us, etc. Homosexuality has one issue, the desire to have physical relations with ‘the same kind.’ Yet, we are 3, 4, or 5 times the homospirituals that they are homosexuals. How do we account for that? What is the way forward?