As you embark on reading this, may God open your spiritual eyes and keep them that way, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
First, let me quote this question as it was asked to me, by a friend as he was doing a sort of research; let me call it. ” Apart from the biblical aspect about lesbians and gays, can you be able to convince me they are bad?”
Please feel free to state your answer below, on the comments section.
I thought about this question a while before I could answer it but before I can get to my answer, I would like to mention the biblical areas homosexuality is mentioned to cover the first bit of the question.
My first encounter on it is in Genesis 19 from verse 14 when all the men; young and old from all parts of Sodom surround Lot’s house demanding for the angels to be brought out for the men to have sex with them. Fast forward to verse 24 when God rains down brimstone and fire to Sodom and Gomorrah.
It is then mentioned in Leviticus 18 and 20 among the laws against, given to Moses for the Israelites.
It is also then mentioned in Romans, 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy.
Alongside the stated above chapters and verses, lie other forms of sin that are also against God’s will. This goes to show that homosexuality is not a unique sin. It is one example of what is wrong with all of us. It would however be wrong to place sexual immorality in the same category as any other sin because every sin that a man does is OUTSIDE the body, but he who commits sexual immorality, sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? [1 Corinthians 6:18-19].
So, sexual immorality is basically sinning against you and showing disrespect to your Maker. This is not to say that an adulterer or homosexual should be stoned whilst the thief is readied for a banquet.
Now, let us revisit the question. Here lies my answer. I cannot be able to convince my friend or anyone else for that matter, that lesbians and gays or anyone else in the LGBTQ community is bad. Because firstly, at the end of the day, the conviction is your own. Secondly, there is a big difference between a homosexual and homosexuality. The same way there is a big difference between a sinner and a sin.
I would like to explain a certain level I feel most of us get stuck at using my own experience. When I was in the world (insert Marcus Rogers’ voice saying “when I was in the world” haha) I was experimental and daring and really just down for ‘whatever’ in that case I was very supportive of LGBTQ, the girl on the sidelines who’s always yelling, “why can’t you just let people be and let them leave their lives?” “why are you always hating?” And all that. This is stage one.
Stage Two: When I came out from the world, my first encounter of the above was on 25th May 2019 when “Gay rights organisations had hoped Kenya would follow in the footsteps of African nations like Angola, or those further afield like India, and end decades-old laws which criminalise gay sex.” I remember feeling disgust and hate and their synonyms toward the LGBTQs. You know why? Because, what you forget, you begin to judge.
I did not just blink and wait for the judgmental, hateful feelings to disappear, I had to pray to move past this. I knew I had to because I know some of these people, they are good people, good people lost in the world.
How can you be able to love the sinner and hate the sin when you’re hating the sinner? How can you be able to help a willing sinner when you’re attacking him? You cannot. Stage 3.
Now most of us get stuck at stage 2 because we forget the Grace of God, that which saved us in the first place. In this case, we begin to judge without having solutions at hand. This is not to mean that we should be accommodative of such immorality in our community but it shouldn’t be a leeway to preach doom and the wages of sin forgetting to preach about the unfailing love and grace of our Almighty.
Having for instance, the church community support a sinner in moving past their sin, regardless of whether it is a sexual sin or otherwise, goes a long way.
Below is a linked testimony of a lady who was once a lesbian, the lady says, “returning to church was cool, they were really loving people, it was like a family…if I didn’t have chritians around me to support and encourage me, I would have been doomed for the most part.” https://youtu.be/s-9X6X5aFKo
1Corinthians 9.22 – To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
Even as we strive to become all things to all men that we may by all means save some, let us embrace and preach the Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” kind of gospel.