The great news God has for homosexuals

The great news that God has for homosexuals, and for anybody else for that matter, is 2 Corinthians 5:19, “that God has reconciled the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” So, no one is going to hell for being homosexual, which is amazing, because we also know how God views homosexuality in Romans 1:16, which says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness,” and it noticeably includes homosexuality in verses 24-27.

So God is deeply upset by homosexuality, because it knocks in the head what he created male and female for, which in turn blinds people to his marvellous purpose for humanity, which in turn hides “his eternal power and divine nature” (verse 20), which in turn has led to all sorts of mental problems for us humans, listed in sad and devastating detail in verses 21-22 and 28-32. It is not a pretty picture, but notice in Romans 2:1-3 that even though it’s clear what God thinks of homosexuality, he does not give us the right to judge or condemn homosexuals.

Why not, though? Surely, condemnation is exactly what homosexuals need for not only practicing what God highly disapproves of, but also for blatantly promoting it. But in Paul’s mind that would be “showing contempt for the riches of God’s kindness, tolerance and patience,” which would be a huge pity because the means by which God is leading humanity to repentance is the good news of how immensely kind and patient he is (2:4).

Does that mean we ignore what homosexuals are doing? No, because Paul makes it clear in Romans 3:23, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Paul does not dilute the shattering influence of evil on humans, resulting in diversions like homosexuality, but right alongside that he immediately includes the equally important fact that all humans, no matter how depraved or misguided we’ve become, “are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus,” verse 24. Because of Christ, God not only totally forgives us, he’s also in the process of restoring us too, back to his original and wonderful purpose for us.

The best way Christians can serve the LGBTQ community, therefore, is by painting the correct picture of God, which includes two things: That God does not condone what we do, but neither does he condemn us. Yes, he’s deeply upset by humans falling desperately short of his purpose for us, which clearly includes homosexuality, but look how great that makes his kindness, tolerance and patience for us, because even in his anger he doesn’t hold anything we’ve done against us.

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