Dear Phobic Christians, Leave LGBTQ People Alone

Dear Phobic Christian,

I’m not sure how you ended up here.

I don’t know how you ended up deciding that anyone else’s body, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation were any of your business.

I don’t know who told you that you had any right to tell another human being who they could be attracted to or find contentment with, or what pronouns they should use for themselves or how they should dress, or who they could marry or what restroom they had to use or if they deserved to adopt children or not.

It certainly wasn’t Jesus.

I know you like to pass the buck to Jesus in your treatment of LGBTQ people, but I also know that he never asked you to do any of it. You weren’t given the authority to judge their moral worth, you weren’t given permission to trespass into their bedrooms, and you weren’t authorized to police their physicality.

On matters of sexuality, Jesus was largely silent, and so how you found yourself being so loud about it, is probably something you should pray on. That may be a you problem.

What I do know about Jesus, is that he told you to love people as yourself; with that kind of regard and respect and gentleness.
I know he told you not to cast stones or insults or condemnation at anyone until you’re fully sinless yourself.
I know he told you that as you treat the marginalized and the forgotten and those already suffering—you treat him.
And I also know that he never once criticized or condemned anyone for their identity or orientation—and he never said you should or could.

In fact, in his most popular sermon, Jesus was quoted as saying:

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s or sister’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s or sister’s eye.”

Dear Christian friend, what Jesus is saying to his followers (including you), is that you could spend every waking moment you have left here in this life, expend every ounce of energy, use up every last breath of your life, just working on the putrid mess of your own house—and still be way behind.

That means, that if you have sermons to preach or fingers to point or damnation to dispense or sin to call out, you should do it in the mirror or shut your mouth.

Because even if the Bible said that being gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender was a sin (which it flatly doesn’t), that would still be between an LGBTQ person and God—not you. You don’t get to meddle with people’s bedrooms and bathrooms and body parts. That’s way above your pay grade and outside your jurisdiction, and there’s simply no Biblical way around it.

Your job, should being a Christian really matter, is to love people as you desire to be loved. It is to be peacemaker and caregiver and wound mender.

(And please, friend, don’t give me that hackneyed, tired nonsense, that you are loving LGBTQ people by doing the things you do to them, because that’s an insult to all of us. If you’re going to tell me with a straight face, that ridiculing them in the streets and excluding them from your churches and passing legislation to take away their civil rights and prohibiting them from being fully authentic—is loving them—I’m respectfully calling bullshit. The day you convinced yourself that this was love, you lost the plot completely.

No, Jesus commanded you to love people as you desire to be loved.

As you desire to be loved.

I wonder how you desire to be loved?

I imagine you desire to be loved, by being seen as a complex human being with dignity and worth.
I imagine you desire to be loved, by being allowed to be the most qualified person to tell your story and share what it’s like to be inside your skin.
I imagine you desire to be loved, by having your journey respected as yours alone.
I imagine you desire to be loved, by being able to choose the person you spend your life loving and how you show affection and find companionship.
I imagine you desire to be loved, by being allowed to live.

In light of this, you need to leave the LGBTQ community the hell alone.

They are trying to live, work, raise families, worship, and love in peace—and for some reason you have decided that you get to prevent them from that.
They, like you, are doing their best to make their way through this painful, difficult, exhausting life, and you are making it all much more painful, difficult, and exhausting.
You are a source of grief and creator of pain and a doer of damage, and there is nothing redemptive or God-honoring in it.
You are wasting your fleeting daylight here on wars Jesus didn’t ask you to wage, you’re squandering relationships you could be nurturing, and you’re irreparably injuring people made in the image of God.

This is reckless, it’s irresponsible, and yes, it’s sinful.

You need to start emulating Jesus, start treating people as you’d like to be treated—and stop being horrible in the name of God.

And actually, friend, I’m setting the bar really low for you.

Honestly, as a Christian (and as a decent human being) you should be doing far more than simply letting these people be, friend. You should be including them fully in community, you should be welcoming them into your churches without condition, you should be celebrating their marriages and their families, you should be loudly demanding they have every right to life, liberty, and happiness that you do. You should be standing between them and the bullies, instead of partnering with them.

You should be deeply and fully and lavishly loving them. That’s what they deserve.

But I know that’s probably much too much to ask of you right now, because of the hubris you’re struggling with.

Given that reality, as a person who loves LGBTQ people dearly, and as a longtime caregiver who’s heard them tell horror stories of your everyday cruelty, and as a veteran pastor who’s had a front row seat to the unnecessary pain you’re causing and the wedge you’re driving between them and God—I can only plead with you:

If you really believe you’re called to love and not to wound people—

Leave the LGBTQ community alone. 

 

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79 thoughts on “Dear Phobic Christians, Leave LGBTQ People Alone

  1. I am a gay Christian Evangelical, what to many would seem oxymoron, but the only moronic here is the condemnation that so many preach IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

    More people have died in so-called HOLY wars than for any other reason. WORDS MATTER…and so does the intent of the heart. If you have decided you are better than me, you will let me know that. Too many do and that is in direct conflict with what JESUS taught. Maybe you should let HIM BE HIM, and you be what He made you to be WHOEVER that is, and let the rest of us be WHO HE MADE US TO BE, WHOEVER THAT IS. PERIOD.

    • This is my response to a friend who sent me this article:

      It seems fortuitous that you brought to my attention this gaystarnews article by John Pavlovitz as I am currently in the middle of reading “Restoring Sexual Identity’ by Anne Paulk – a former lesbian who is now the Executive Director of the Restored Hope Network So, I have in front of me two viewpoints which are diametrically opposed!

      I can compose a meaningful response to John’s diatribe, but I do so with the conviction that you are unacquainted with the historic traditions of Biblical Christianity. I also have no knowledge of what your religious background is or what – if any – your current beliefs are on the relationship between God and man, who Jesus Christ is, the doctrine of original sin, mankind’s need for redemption or the hermeneutics of Bible study. I want you to understand that I regard you as a friend. The thing about human nature is that none of us is perfect like Jesus was. We all have deficits in our character and behavior. Our environment, genetics and free will play a role in this. We all know people who have trouble with stuff like anger, depression, narcissism or selfishness. Our sexuality (attractions, behaviors, desires, fantasies) is not immune from being affected by confusion and/or dysfunction. One can be an accomplished, intelligent, kind and likeable person, but in this one area of human functioning fall short.
      I can tell you a bona fide Christian pastor would know better than to present an article like this. John obviously missed the part where the Apostle Paul acknowledges the former homosexuals in the first-century church.

      The Biblical writers did not have a politically correct 21st- century Western mindset – and neither did Jesus. The Bible is ancient Middle East literature. There is no such consideration as “gender identity”, “LGBTQ”, or “sexual orientation” because God’s good creation of mankind consists of male and female with the institution of marriage as the realm of sexual activity. It is self-evident we were not anatomically created to copulate with members of our own sex. Only opposite- sex relations can propagate the human race. We’re all here as the result of the union of our mothers and fathers. The Bible buttresses these observable, objective, biological facts.

      Jesus reinforced this paradigm. When asked a question about divorce, He referred to Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden. The range of waywardness – adultery, cohabitation, fornication, homosexuality, incest, pederasty, pedophilia, polygamy, prostitution, etc., – entered the world as a result of the disobedience of mankind to God’s authority in setting boundaries. The Biblical writers talked about these in terms of conduct resulting from free will choices – not immutable characteristics. In the Bible people groups are not demarcated in terms of sexual proclivity. That is why there is no word for “homosexual” per se, but a description of behavior. The Greek word arsenokoitai refers to males who go to bed with other males. It is a compound of arsen (male) and koite (bed). Lesbianism is described as women exchanging natural (Gr. physin) relations for unnatural (Gr. paraphysin) ones.

      Now I want to respond to some particular points in John’s article:
      (1) “On matters of sexuality, Jesus was largely silent, and so how you found yourself being so loud about it, is probably something you should pray on.”
      Response: Jesus was not silent on matters of sexuality as explained above in His comments on divorce. It was during this discourse with the Pharisees that He pointed out God’s original intent for opposite-sex monogamous lifelong marriage and He set porneia by one’s spouse as an acceptable standard for initiating divorce. The Greek word porneia is an umbrella term meaning “illicit sexual intercourse.” It would be folly to to think Jesus was unaware of the numerous and various prohibitions on sexual activity listed in the Hebrew Levitical Holiness Code. Furthermore, in the account of Jesus saving an adulterous woman from being stoned by an angry mob, He set her free with the caveat “sin no more.” Plus, in another discourse on uncouth behaviors, both adultery (Gr. moicheia) and porneia are on the list. He even talked about lust as a sin. (Gr. epithumeo, which means “evil desires”).

      (2) “What I do know about Jesus, is that he told you to love people as yourself; with that kind of regard and respect and gentleness.”
      Response: No doubt this is a reference to what is known as The Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The Greek word translated “love” is agapao. It connotes much more than mere affectionate feelings. Agape love is sacrificial love whereby the well-being and best interest of others matter so much that I am willing to place myself at risk – even to the point of death. The same word is used when Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” So, when the Christian, in the spirit of agape love, states that same-sex relationships are not in accordance with God’s will, it is done with the full knowledge that there most likely will be backlash. It is agape love – not homophobia – to point out that the 2% of the population which generates 60% of all HIV/AIDS cases consists of men who have sex with men . It is agape love – not transphobia – to point out the suicide rate is twenty times that of the general population for people who have had sex-reassignment surgery. It is agape love – not discrimination – to point out that boys as young as 13 are being infected with AIDS by being homosexually abused (according to Centers for Disease Control stats). Personally, I’ve been ridiculed and vilified in online discussions and in print numerous times. My property has been vandalized twice. Agape love can yield painful results.

      (3) “I don’t know how you ended up deciding that anyone else’s body, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation were any of your business.” Response: We can comment on such things, not just as Christians, but as Americans exercising the right of free speech. A culture’s sexual mores have an impact on the civil society. Codification regarding marriage, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation necessitates government enforcement of these re-definitions. Thus, business practices, the education of children (especially sex ed), free speech and religious freedom are all affected.

      (4) “In fact, in His most popular sermon, Jesus was quoted as saying: ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ ”
      Response: It is self -evident that it is impossible to live life without making value judgements. We judge whether we are well or sick. That’s how we know to go to the doctor. We judge whether we are hungry or sated. That is how we know it’s time to eat. We must judge whether it is safe to cross the street. That’s why we look both ways. Parents judge how their children are behaving. That’s how they know to impose discipline. When I decide what clothes to wear I make a judgement based on the weather. Police arrest people based on judgements concerning law. In fact, law is the way of human government to maintain a civil society. “Judging” per se is not wrong. Jesus made this distinction by instructing His disciples to judge righteously – not hypocritically as the Pharisees did -and who He was talking about in the quote above. The Greek word for “righteous” is dikaios and it means “without prejudice or partiality” in keeping with God’s character of holiness and truthfulness.

      John’s article is an example of what happens when Scripture is subject to bizarre interpretations which have nothing to do with the grammar or historical or literary context of the verses. Being a human created in the image of God encompasses so much more than a sexual identity. It’s sad that he desperately wants to believe something even though there is not a shred of Scripture to back it up. Defending a wrong-headed school of thought with misguided suppositions seems more important than the counsel of God contained in the Bible.

  2. Just stop. You are so useless. I know you want to blame “evangelicals” for the nasty habits of Christians, but they’re right that they are the best Christians ever. I have spent too much of my life having good Christians vilify me for being gay to listen to your nonsense. Insofar as some denominations have shifted, the change has come from external protest, not from any change inside Christianity, which is inherently conservative. You’re just so tired and smarmy. Please stop. Queers don’t need you. We’ve done fine without you. Go away.

  3. Cool. Now do Muslims. Last I checked, there were no Christian countries where the penalty for being gay is beheading or being thrown off a building.

  4. I read this articulate and STRONGLY disagree, God is very, very clear on sexuality! In Genesis, he only created Man and Woman and in Romans Paul clearly describes a sinful act as exchanging natural relations with unnatural ones and men and women were filled with each other! Is this sin? You decided! Am I a liar, yes. Do I lust, gossip, judge, yes! I also view abortion as a sin! The LGBTQ sect are nothing more than sinners as am I! Do I love sin? No! But as Romans 6:1 says-should I go on sinning so that grace may abound? Yes, I think that homosexuality is a sin but so are other things, there is no sin greater than the other.

  5. Jesus condoned slavery. so we cannot take any morality from the turd. Neither can we from the Pedo from the same part of the world

  6. A friend forwarded this article to me. This is my response:

    It seems fortuitous that you brought to my attention this gaystarnews article by John Pavlovitz as I am currently in the middle of reading “Restoring Sexual Identity” by Anne Paulk – a former lesbian who is now the Executive Director of the Restored Hope Network So, I have in from of me two viewpoints which are diametrically opposed!
    I can compose a meaningful response to John’s diatribe, but I do so with the conviction that you are unacquainted with the historic traditions of Biblical Christianity. I also have no knowledge of what your religious background is or what – if any – your current beliefs are on the relationship between God and man, who Jesus Christ is, the doctrine of original sin, mankind’s need for redemption or the hermeneutics of Bible study. I want you to understand that I regard you as a friend. The thing about human nature is that none of us is perfect like Jesus was. We all have deficits in our character and behavior. Our environment, genetics and free will play a role in this. We all know people who have trouble with stuff like anger, depression, narcissism or selfishness. Our sexuality (attractions, behaviors, desires, fantasies) is not immune from being affected by confusion and/or dysfunction. One can be an accomplished, intelligent, kind and likeable person, but in this one area of human functioning fall short.
    I can tell you a bona fide Christian pastor would know better than to present an article like this. John obviously missed the part where the Apostle Paul acknowledges the former homosexuals in the first-century church.
    The Biblical writers did not have a politically correct 21st- century Western mindset – and neither did Jesus. The Bible is ancient Middle East literature. There is no such consideration as “gender identity”, “LGBTQ”, or “sexual orientation” because God’s good creation of mankind consists of male and female with the institution of marriage as the realm of sexual activity. It is self-evident we were not anatomically created to copulate with members of our own sex. Only opposite- sex relations can propagate the human race. We’re all here as the result of the union of our mothers and fathers. The Bible buttresses these observable, objective, biological facts.
    Jesus reinforced this paradigm. When asked a question about divorce, He referred to Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden. The range of waywardness – adultery, cohabitation, fornication, homosexuality, incest, pederasty, pedophilia, polygamy, prostitution, etc., – entered the world as a result of the disobedience of mankind to God’s authority in setting boundaries. The Biblical writers talked about these in terms of conduct resulting from free will choices – not immutable characteristics. In the Bible people groups are not demarcated in terms of sexual proclivity. That is why there is no word for “homosexual” per se, but a description of behavior. The Greek word “arsenokoitai” refers to males who go to bed with other males. It is a compound of “arsen” (male) and “koite” (bed). Lesbianism is described as women exchanging natural (Gr. physin) relations for unnatural (Gr. paraphysin) ones.
    Now I want to respond to some particular points in John’s article:
    (1) “On matters of sexuality, Jesus was largely silent, and so how you found yourself being so loud about it, is probably something you should pray on.”
    Response: Jesus was not silent on matters of sexuality as explained above in His comments on divorce. It was during this discourse with the Pharisees that He pointed out God’s original intent for opposite-sex monogamous lifelong marriage and He set porneia by one’s spouse as an acceptable standard for initiating divorce. The Greek word “porneia” is an umbrella term meaning “illicit sexual intercourse.” It would be folly to to think Jesus was unaware of the numerous and various prohibitions on sexual activity listed in the Hebrew Levitical Holiness Code. Furthermore, in the account of Jesus saving an adulterous woman from being stoned by an angry mob, He set her free with the caveat “sin no more.” Plus, in another discourse on uncouth behaviors, both adultery (Gr. moicheia) and porneia are on the list. He even talked about lust as a sin. (Gr. epithumeo, which means “evil desires”).
    (2) “What I do know about Jesus, is that he told you to love people as yourself; with that kind of regard and respect and gentleness.”
    Response: No doubt this is a reference to what is known as The Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The Greek word translated “love” is “agapao”. It connotes much more than mere affectionate feelings. “Agape” love is sacrificial love whereby the well-being and best interest of others matter so much that I am willing to place myself at risk – even to the point of death. The same word is used when Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” So, when the Christian, in the spirit of “agape” love, states that same-sex relationships are not in accordance with God’s will, it is done with the full knowledge that there most likely will be backlash. It is “agape” love – not homophobia – to point out that the 2% of the population which generates 60% of all HIV/AIDS cases consists of men who have sex with men . It is “agape” love – not transphobia – to point out the suicide rate is twenty times that of the general population for people who have had
    sex-reassignment surgery. It is “agape” love – not discrimination – to point out that boys as young as 13 are being infected with AIDS by being homosexually abused (according to Centers for Disease Control stats). Personally, I’ve been ridiculed and vilified in online discussions and in print numerous times. My property has been vandalized twice. “Agape” love can yield painful results.
    (3) “I don’t know how you ended up deciding that anyone else’s body, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation were any of your business.” Response: We can comment on such things, not just as Christians, but as Americans exercising the right of free speech. A culture’s sexual mores have an impact on the civil society. Codification regarding marriage, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation necessitates government enforcement of these re-definitions. Thus, business practices, the education of children (especially sex ed), free speech and religious freedom are all affected.
    (4) “In fact, in His most popular sermon, Jesus was quoted as saying: ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ ”
    Response: It is self -evident that it is impossible to live life without making value judgements. We judge whether we are well or sick. That’s how we know to go to the doctor. We judge whether we are hungry or sated. That is how we know it’s time to eat. We must judge whether it is safe to cross the street. That’s why we look both ways. Parents judge how their children are behaving. That’s how they know to impose discipline. When I decide what clothes to wear I make a judgement based on the weather. Police arrest people based on judgements concerning law. In fact, law is the way of human government to maintain a civil society. “Judging” per se is not wrong. Jesus made this distinction by instructing His disciples to judge righteously – not hypocritically as the Pharisees did -and who He was talking about in the quote above. The Greek word for “righteous” is “dikaios” and it means “without prejudice or partiality” in keeping with God’s character of holiness and truthfulness.
    John’s article is an example of what happens when Scripture is subject to bizarre interpretations which have nothing to do with the grammar or historical or literary context of the verses. Being a human created in the image of God encompasses so much more than a sexual identity. It’s sad that he desperately wants to believe something even though there is not a shred of Scripture to back it up. Defending a wrong-headed school of thought with misguided suppositions seems more important than the counsel of God contained in the Bible.

  7. A friend sent me this article. Here is my response-

    It seems fortuitous that you brought to my attention this gaystarnews article by John Pavlovitz as I am currently in the middle of reading “Restoring Sexual Identity’ by Anne Paulk – a former lesbian who is now the Executive Director of the Restored Hope Network So, I have in front of me two viewpoints which are diametrically opposed!

    The thing about human nature is that none of us is perfect like Jesus was. We all have deficits in our character and behavior. Our environment, genetics and free will play a role in this. We all know people who have trouble with stuff like anger, depression, narcissism or selfishness. Our sexuality (attractions, behaviors, desires, fantasies) is not immune from being affected by confusion and/or dysfunction. One can be an accomplished, intelligent, kind and likeable person, but in this one area of human functioning fall short.

    I can tell you a bona fide Christian pastor would know better than to present an article like this. John obviously missed the part where the Apostle Paul acknowledges the former homosexuals in the first-century church.

    The Biblical writers did not have a politically correct 21st- century Western mindset – and neither did Jesus. The Bible is ancient Middle East literature. There is no such consideration as “gender identity”, “LGBTQ”, or “sexual orientation” because God’s good creation of mankind consists of male and female with the institution of marriage as the realm of sexual activity. It is self-evident we were not anatomically created to copulate with members of our own sex. Only opposite- sex relations can propagate the human race. We’re all here as the result of the union of our mothers and fathers. The Bible buttresses these observable, objective, biological facts.

    Jesus reinforced this paradigm. When asked a question about divorce, He referred to Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden. The range of waywardness – adultery, cohabitation, fornication, homosexuality, incest, pederasty, pedophilia, polygamy, prostitution, etc., – entered the world as a result of the disobedience of mankind to God’s authority in setting boundaries. The Biblical writers talked about these in terms of conduct resulting from free will choices – not immutable characteristics. In the Bible people groups are not demarcated in terms of sexual proclivity. That is why there is no word for “homosexual” per se, but a description of behavior. The Greek word arsenokoitai refers to males who go to bed with other males. It is a compound of arsen (male) and koite (bed). Lesbianism is described as women exchanging natural (Gr. physin) relations for unnatural (Gr. paraphysin) ones.

    Now I want to respond to some particular points in John’s article:
    (1) “On matters of sexuality, Jesus was largely silent, and so how you found yourself being so loud about it, is probably something you should pray on.”
    Response: Jesus was not silent on matters of sexuality as explained above in His comments on divorce. It was during this discourse with the Pharisees that He pointed out God’s original intent for opposite-sex monogamous lifelong marriage and He set porneia by one’s spouse as an acceptable standard for initiating divorce. The Greek word porneia is an umbrella term meaning “illicit sexual intercourse.” It would be folly to to think Jesus was unaware of the numerous and various prohibitions on sexual activity listed in the Hebrew Levitical Holiness Code. Furthermore, in the account of Jesus saving an adulterous woman from being stoned by an angry mob, He set her free with the caveat “sin no more.” Plus, in another discourse on uncouth behaviors, both adultery (Gr. moicheia) and porneia are on the list. He even talked about lust as a sin.
    (Gr. epithumeo, which means “evil desires”).

    (2) “What I do know about Jesus, is that he told you to love people as yourself; with that kind of regard and respect and gentleness.”
    Response: No doubt this is a reference to what is known as The Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The Greek word translated “love” is agapao. It connotes much more than mere affectionate feelings. Agape love is sacrificial love whereby the well-being and best interest of others matter so much that I am willing to place myself at risk – even to the point of death. The same word is used when Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” So, when the Christian, in the spirit of agape love, states that same-sex relationships are not in accordance with God’s will, it is done with the full knowledge that there most likely will be backlash. It is agape love – not homophobia – to point out that the 2% of the population which generates 60% of all HIV/AIDS cases consists of men who have sex with men . It is agape love – not transphobia – to point out the suicide rate is twenty times that of the general population for people who have had sex-reassignment surgery. It is agape love – not discrimination – to point out that boys as young as 13 are being infected with AIDS by being homosexually abused (according to Centers for Disease Control stats). Personally, I’ve been ridiculed and vilified in online discussions and in print numerous times. My property has been vandalized twice. Agape love can yield painful results.

    (3) “I don’t know how you ended up deciding that anyone else’s body, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation were any of your business.” Response: We can comment on such things, not just as Christians, but as Americans exercising the right of free speech. A culture’s sexual mores have an impact on the civil society. Codification regarding marriage, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation necessitates government enforcement of these re-definitions. Thus, business practices, the education of children (especially sex ed), free speech and religious freedom are all affected.

    (4) “In fact, in His most popular sermon, Jesus was quoted as saying: ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ ”
    Response: It is self -evident that it is impossible to live life without making value judgements. We judge whether we are well or sick. That’s how we know to go to the doctor. We judge whether we are hungry or sated. That is how we know it’s time to eat. We must judge whether it is safe to cross the street. That’s why we look both ways. Parents judge how their children are behaving. That’s how they know to impose discipline. When I decide what clothes to wear I make a judgement based on the weather. Police arrest people based on judgements concerning law. In fact, law is the way of human government to maintain a civil society. “Judging” per se is not wrong. Jesus made this distinction by instructing His disciples to judge righteously – not hypocritically as the Pharisees did -and who He was talking about in the quote above. The Greek word for “righteous” is dikaios and it means “without prejudice or partiality” in keeping with God’s character of holiness and truthfulness.

    John’s article is an example of what happens when Scripture is subject to bizarre interpretations which have nothing to do with the grammar or historical or literary context of the verses. Being a human created in the image of God encompasses so much more than a sexual identity. It’s sad that he desperately wants to believe something even though there is not a shred of Scripture to back it up. Defending a wrong-headed school of thought with misguided suppositions seems more important than the counsel of God contained in the Bible. John’s liberalism and quest to be a social justice warrior is what drives him.

  8. There are many biblical untruths in this article. Jesus did tell the woman caught in adultry “go and sin no more.” She was caught in a sexual sin, in a sexual sin outside of marriage. She was told to not do this any more for it was sin. She being forgiven did not give her license to repeat the sin. The Bible also defines marriage as between a man and a woman. There is no way around that. And sex is to be within the bounds of marriage…so put that together. Also, in NT we are directly told that a “man is not to lie with a man as he does a woman.” The reverse, as woman with woman would then also be true.
    Jesus did tell us to love one another. The author her assumes that loving means accepting the other person’s sin. But we can love and still not like everything another person does. Jesus Himself lives this out. He died for all of. He loves all of us. But, only those that believe in Him as Lord and Savior and believe God raised Him from the dead will go to heaven.
    We can love without calling what is wrong, right.
    And this author who says not to judge, judges continually through out this piece those that do not agree with him.

  9. Yes.

    My only problem with this opinion is that it implies that ALL Christians use God to mask their hatred.

    It implies that no church wants LGBTQ+ people, which simply isn’t true.

  10. I agree leave them alone
    On the other hand
    QUIT shoving this down our throats on every TV show, every movie and in the newspaper.
    Your choice disgusts me and I don’t have to accept your choice, but if you would just shut up about it, tolerating it would make us more tolerant, less vocal and a bit easier all around .
    I don’t care what goes on in your bedroom, I don’t want it shoved into my living room or my life.

  11. John – I love your writing and your ability to make cogent, intelligent points. BUT to address this to all CHristians is a mistake and alienates a large body of people.
    It was the UNited Methodist Conference that made, what I agree is, a horrible decision. This was a group of mostly third world country reps and approx 33% of reps of the US. In Africa, Russia and some parts of ASia it is illegal to be gay punishable by death. They do not speak for all Christians.
    Perhaps you could say “religious fanatics” or just a general “to those who think being gay is a sin.” There are many Christians grieving how the church has betrayed them with this decision. Nothing good will come of this. And attacking “Christians” further polarizes the ideology.
    How’s about if we eschew labels and just love one another.
    PS I’m a gay, Christian Minister

  12. You have a MASSIVE bias in this article. I know Christians, like myself, who are judge-free on everything. It’s not our place to judge people. Your bias makes me pity the experiences you’ve had with Christians. What you are calling Christians to do is already what a fair amount of Christians are already doing. I can see what you’re coming from but the amount of personal bias in here is incredible. You call Christians ignorant but you seem ignorant enough to assume that Christians as a whole are attacking the LGBTQ community. While that doesn’t negate the Christians who are hypocrites (because there are a lot of those), please don’t judge a whole religious group of people, whose religion is all about love and acceptance.

  13. why are there gay people being delivered from same sex attraction? Genesis states be fruitful and mulitipy? When did the digestive track become part of the reproductive track? You werent born gay something made u that way it wasnt god. he can heal u just ask him.

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