My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years. I am a work-at-home-mom to two precious girls that the Lord blessed us with through the gift of adoption. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Student Pastor at a local Southern Baptist church here in South Metro Atlanta.
- The Bible is inerrant and infallible.
- Homosexuality is a sin (as is adultery, fornication, and anything else that breaks God’s law and separates us from Him).
- That true love was displayed at the cross and that Jesus died to make sinners right with a Holy God.
We have been in student ministry together for 9 years (he has been in ministry for 12). We have loved on many, many students over the years and we have seen sexual temptation and homosexuality permeate their lives. It absolutely breaks our hearts to see them struggle through the sins that God wishes to free them from. But, we continue to love and we continue to preach Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. And we continue to point them to the One that has all the answers and the One that has given us everything we need to live a godly life (1 Peter 1:3).
And we have seen the scales be lifted and we have seen students redeemed from lives of homosexuality and sexual sin. We have seen them fight sin daily and commit to live lives that are worthy of the name of Christ.
It is hard work. And it is heartbreaking. But, it is also redemptive and God honoring and so, so worth it to know that they are no longer held captive by their sin, but that they are living FULL lives in the knowledge and power of God’s holy word.
Homosexuality Should Not Polarize the Church
So, for that reason I can’t sit back and be silent on this issue. And I don’t think that homosexuality is an issue that should polarize the church. It is an issue that is black and white. There is no grey area. Sin is sin and it must be called sin and it must be dealt with. Otherwise, we’re allowing people to be ok in their human condition and ultimately leading them to an eternity separate from God.
The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are believers in the inerrant and infallible word of God. For that reason, homosexuality cannot and will not separate the true Church of Christ.
I do believe that we can love the marginalized and oppressed and hold to scripture at the same time.
After all, God gave us the greatest gift of love the world has ever known in the person and life of Jesus!
He loved sinners and called them to repentance.
That’s it. Love sinners. Call them to repentance. Love them into the Kingdom.
I love deeply. I fight for what God calls good.
I love a man that has a far darker complexion than myself. I parent brown babies. The world tells me that my family is not the majority. But, my family structure doesn’t violate God’s word. That is the difference.
So, yes, love God. Love ALL people. Call sin, sin. Lead them to the cross and share the inerrant, infallible word of God. They deserve to know God’s truth. Anything less is not love.
*This post was derived from a larger, more in depth conversation on Facebook.