Yeah I said that.
Luke 10:29-37 (emphasis added by me)
…so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A GAY man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A CHRISTIAN priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a (BORN AGAIN BELIEVER) Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But an ATHEIST, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the GAY man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
I think we have missed our opportunity to love our neighbors. And I believe that atheists namely have taken the place where Christians should have been in the first place.
May be you are reading this and you say, Hey, I do not hate gays.
Sure. But do you love them as much as you love yourself? You say I do not hate them but you do not help them either. The same way you may help a fellow in your church who has a habit of lying.
But being Gay is sinful? you say,
Well, newsflash! so is lying, cheating, cursing, arrogance, drinking, wrathful, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, covenantbreakers, being without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.
What? you do not agree? well check your Bible at Rom 1:29-31
I think some Christians have become too much holy to realize their error. When the gay community was bashed or persecuted they stood on the side rails and watched in silence. They could have helped but they didn’t because being Gay was unacceptable to them. They fulfill the part of the priest in the above parable.
And some of the Christians who really felt like they should have helped but didn’t are equally wrong because they mistook grace as legalism in the dogmatic form. They are the Levis’ – the chosen people of God, the born again believers, who looked on the poor gay but then turned their heads and walked on.
And finally the atheist stood up and got the gay person some help. Well, I certainly applaud them on this.
“But they have political agendas” you say
Sadly that’s true, issues like abortion and gay marriage are more of a political issues now. But that doesn’t give you an iota of margin to not carry out the grace of God as you were intended to, as was the message of the gospel.
“Love one another as I have loved you”.
But Gay marriage is un-biblical, you say
So is No-fault Divorce, I don’t see Christians marching up and down to have that cancelled. why? Because they want to be treated “fairly”. Well guess what, For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
What should I do? you ask.
Three words for you, “Don’t be hypocritical”.
This whole gay issue has been blown out of proportion. There is a fair reason why the Christian community is looked upon as “narrow-minded” because we are. Most of us want un-biblical things in our lives but we are not willing to allow others the same measure of liberty. We are okay with divorce but not with gay marriage.
But marriage is between man and woman, you say
Yeah historically it was, but now its not a matter of what marriage by tradition was. The law is being decided on by votes and if gays are citizens they have a right too, to be treated equally, just like you.
But gays are abusing this system, they are making lawsuits against churches for not allowing them to marry
Frankly, that is sad, if a church does not want to perform gay marriage they shouldn’t be forced to. But this has resulted because Christians too are trying to force their law on gays. Its a war of stubborn ideals and caught within the crossfire are poor innocent clergy and gays who on both sides, are not extremists.
Gays are there, if we do not help them, someone will but we would be directly opposing the spirit of love and grace if we didn’t. Regardless of whether you believe homosexuality is a sin or not, remember this, if it is a sin, it is no greater than any other sin, it is certainly not the UNPARDONABLE sin.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment…?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your (GAY) neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”