Christian Love and the LGBT Community

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Huffington Post released an article on Sunday that discussed how some “Christians” are violently attacking the LGBT community and how other “Christians” plan to be a part of the liberation. The article talks about President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signing an anti-homosexuality bill that can make homosexuality a crime worthy of a life sentence. The article goes on to say, “Recent events around the world show us that sitting on the sidelines is no longer permissible — especially for Christians. We cannot let others speak for Jesus. Our faith is being used to do serious harm to LGBT people. Showing love for our neighbor today, as commanded by Jesus, means stepping up and standing in solidarity with our LGBT sisters and brothers around the world.” 

In the book of John Chapter 13:34-35, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If you are truly a Christian, a disciple of Jesus, then you would be known by your love. I apologize to the LGBT community for those who hate under the name of Christ. A motto of my church has been “Love Wins” and I truly believe this to be the way that Jesus would have for us to respond to hate and to sin. 

I leave you with 1 Corinthians 13, a passage that many Christians know and a passage shared weddings around the world. After Paul finishes sharing that love is patient and kind he goes on to say,

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

 

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