America is undergoing another sexual revolution. Gay marriage has been legalized in all fifty states, and transgenders are now allowed to align publicly with the gender of their choice. These changes are causing confusion and conflict among Christians.
Some Christians support homosexual/transsexual rights. They endorse gay marriage and approve alternative lifestyles. Others condemn homosexuals and transsexuals. A small group even conducts a “ministry” of hateful picketing!
As we decide how to respond to gender and sexuality issues, we must remember that Jesus is our example. The question isn’t, “How should we respond?” The question is, “How would Jesus respond?”
The Bible teaches us the proper response to whatever is happening in our culture. It shows us how Jesus responded to the issues of His day so we can respond appropriately to the issues of ours. It instructs us to be people the Word in the midst of the world.
So how does it advise us in light of our present situation? How can we respond biblically to issues of gender and sexuality?
Compassion ≠ Compromise
The American church hasn’t shown much compassion toward homosexuals and transsexuals. This is because we fear compromise. We think being compassionate toward them means compromising what the Bible says about gender and sexuality. But Jesus shows compassion without compromise.
In John 8, a woman “caught in adultery” is brought before Jesus. Her accusers ask Him for permission to stone her. He famously says, “Whoever is without sin may throw the first stone.” After her accusers leave, neither does He condemn her.
At no point in this story does Jesus compromise what the Bible says about adultery. He shows compassion without compromise, and He calls us to do the same. You don’t need to compromise your position on gay marriage or transgender bathrooms! But you do need to show compassion to those who are hurting or confused.
Constitutional Rights ≠ Biblical Rights
Constitutional rights aren’t the same as biblical rights. Laws will be passed and the Constitution will be amended in ways that go against the Bible. We must take a firm stance against issues biblically while recognizing when we cannot do so constitutionally.
Take gay marriage for instance. Biblically speaking, homosexuals do not have the right to marry. But constitutionally, that is difficult to argue. We must remember that America is governed not by the Bible, but the Constitution. And it will reinterpret the Constitution in order to give its citizens more rights.
Some Christians mistakenly try to conform the Constitution to the Bible. They forget that society changes constitutional law to conform to the sinful nature. And they fail to understand that only the Spirit can change the sinful nature to conform to biblical law.
Orientation or Salvation?
We approach homosexuals and transsexuals the wrong way. We usually say, “You’re gay; be straight!” Instead of saying, “You’re a sinner; be saved!” This reveals that we care more about their sexual orientation than their salvation.
Instead of converting people to your sexuality, convert them to your Christianity. Bring them to Jesus and let Him deal with their sexuality. Preach the gospel to them the same way you would to anyone. Give them the same opportunity to respond in faith and repentance that you would give anyone.
Jesus doesn’t need you to convince someone to be straight before He can save them. There are no gay sinners or straight sinners; there are just sinners, and He can save them all.
How do you think Jesus would respond to issues of gender and sexuality? Leave your thoughts with a comment below!
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