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. Christianity 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. These were the most despised people of his day. What was he teaching? Hatred or invitation?
In the Sermon On The Mount Jesus speaks to a large crowd – a mixed bag of people. The poor, the wealthy, the righteous, those that have lost loved ones, jobs…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.”
Jesus could have said blessed are the whores, the drug addicts, the gamblers, and yes, the gay. They’re all welcome.
I have a few gay friends. They’re good people. Jesus would invite them into the kingdom.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson