Christians Don’t Hate Homosexuals

A Pilgrim's Friend

stop-using-the-word-hate-1Another youth pastor and I were talking today about a recent article from Stand to Reason entitled The Myth of Hatewhich I linked to on the most recent Saturday Post. In talking with him about it, I was reminded of how important of a piece it was and would like to offer an excerpt from the heart of the article for your edification.

Alan Shlemon writes…

The most common misconception about Christians and homosexuality is that Christians hate homosexuals. Though there are some things Christians have done to contribute to this impression, it’s largely untrue.

I can honestly say I don’t hate or feel animosity towards people who identify as gay or lesbian. Keep in mind that I’m, allegedly, one of those right-wing fundamentalist fanatics who say homosexual sex is sin. I travel around the country teaching about the Christian worldview and often address the topic of homosexuality…

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The (often) missing element in the gay marriage debate

Conversation Magazine

friendship

Amid all the discussion of marriage and ‘alternative’ sexual relationships and the interpretation (or dismissal) of the key biblical texts there is something very often missing from the debate. What is that missing element?

Friendship

We are blinded from seeing the importance of this by various inter-connected myths:

  1. Sexual activity is necessary for human flourishing and identity.
  2. A single person is not whole / fulfilled / valuable without a sexual relationship.
  3. The cure to loneliness is romance / marriage.
  4. A single person cannot be deeply loved or experience emotional intimacy without a sexual / romantic relationship.
  5. Deep love between two people must be romantic / sexual.
  6. Deep celibate love between people of the same gender is impossible.

These are lies. The perfect man, perfect human – Jesus Christ – was single. Romantic and sexual relationships are not the only place in which we find love, intimacy and fulfilment. Deep love (contrary to…

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