I see a lot of anti-gay rhetoric from Christians. That they don’t condone it is one thing, but the hatred that’s spewed out is alarming. Judgement and hatred don’t jive with Jesus’ message. So what’s going on here?
Jesus invited tax collectors, Samaritans, whores, and criminals to hang out with him – everyone knows this. These were the most despised people of his day. What was he teaching? Hatred or invitation to a new life in him?
In the Sermon On The Mount Jesus speaks to a large crowd – a mixed bag of people. The poor, the wealthy, the righteous…etc. He’s welcoming them all into the Kingdom of God. He’s saying, “Guys, great news, God loves you, come on, check it out. The Kingdom of God has broken in. I am the way. Follow me.”
Jesus could have said blessed are the whores, the drug addicts, the gamblers, and yes, the gay. These are today’s poor in spirit. They’re all welcome. In following Jesus, King Jesus, we all have to submit everything – our lives – our identities, sexual or otherwise – our agendas – hopes – dreams – cultural prejudices and bias – all of it gets placed at the feet of Jesus. We live through Him.
Some great discussion below in the comments…
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson