How the Church Should Love the LGBTQ+ Community

Before June began, “Pride Month” posts were already circulating. This time last year I wrote a blog post dealing with the LGBTQ+ community, calling out false teaching that was circulated on campus. In less than 24 hours, it had hundreds of comments, most of which were spewing hate toward God, His church, and His people. There was community-wide outrage. I read every comment and felt the weight of their animosity.

More recently, the United Methodist Church voted to split their denomination over the same topic. It’s become a point of tension for Christians far and wide. More and more of my Christian friends celebrate and affirm our peers announcing same-sex relationships. Some of these Christians have bought into the lie that a person can be right with God while embracing an LGBTQ+ lifestyle. I addressed those Christians in the first piece.

However, there’s another side to the story. There are also those Christians who affirm biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality, but in an effort to love their neighbor, cheer on same-sex relationships regardless of believing it is sin. These are misguided Christians who are deeply empathetic and want to show love the best way they know how: affirmation.

But love as defined by God’s Word is not what we hear from our culture. It does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6 NASB). Instead of bold and unashamed gospel love that lays down its life for others, we are now seeing the effects of a generation raised to believe that kindness is king, and orthodoxy is optional. This type of kindness, often paraded as Christian love, is compromising and weak. They are woke about kindness, triggered by biblical truth.

As Christians, we’re to be as bold as lions (Proverbs 28:1) in the truth of God’s Word. One of the biggest setbacks I encounter to boldly speaking biblical truth is the resounding murmur among professing Christians who disdain public discussion of offensive or controversial topics, out of either cowardice or compromise. If in fear of the offense, discomfort, or retaliation that may take place, we cower from sharing the gospel, then we must ask God to fill us with more love, for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

The message I wrote last year was the essential gospel message of Christianity that has existed for two thousand years: that sinners must not only believe in Jesus Christ for salvation, but must also repent of sin in their lives. In every era, this message is received or rejected; loved or reviled. Jesus was clear when He said that we are either for Him or against Him. Biblically speaking, there is no room for, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t want to discuss sin or repentance.” That is not following Christ. It is following self, creating a false god fit to individual preference.

I’m no judge and I don’t claim to be one. Only God can judge a person, and that should terrify us all. Apart from Jesus Christ, it terrifies me. Being aware of these realities, it would not be loving for me to go on about life, having never been honest about sin. It is not born of hate that I speak boldly, but of love. If I hated sinners I would have kept quiet about their inevitable judgment from God. It is precisely because I love sinners that I must speak boldly.

The foundation of bad news upon which we share the good news of Jesus is that man is inherently sinful, rebellious, and under God’s wrath. This truthful message is deeply offensive and uncomfortable. Yet, it’s necessary, for the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).

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