The Christian Difference

Some recent events that have stemmed a lot of hate from a lot of different people has got me thinking a lot about what it means to be a Christian, and how Christians are supposed to approach and handle these situations differently than others.

The one that really got me thinking was the ongoing debate of gay marriage. Regardless if you agree with it or not,  it’s important that as Christians we love and accept anyone that is gay. We should accept them with open arms just as we would comfort a recovering drug addict or anyone else who has ever been different. Jesus loved the sinners and I think oftentimes we forget that. As Christians, we’re supposed to love and accept anyone in any form. We may not always agree with their choices or lifestyles but it’s important that we show them the kind of love Jesus has shown us. This philosophy reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:3 “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

If as Christians, we are called to love one another, why should we hate someone because of a particular sin? Afterall, when you take a step back and look at your own life you realize that you sin, too. Of course, we should consciously work to cut sin out of our lives (although it’s impossible to be 100% sinless). But who’s to say homosexuals’ sins are worse than our own? Why do we have the right to judge them and declare that they will go to Hell? Who can judge us but the Lord? This thought reminded me of two Bible verses in particular.

James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” This Bible verse reminds us that no sin is greater than another. All sins are equally and painfully wrong in the Lord’s eyes. We have no right to attack someone for their sins when we have sins, too. We all fall down, each and every day.

The second is Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” This verse is also really important. When we judge others, or when we declare that someone will go to hell because of their sins, or because they’re gay, it puts us in the wrong, too. We have not right to judge anyone, because the only one who can judge us is Christ Himself.

Now, I’m not necessairly saying that being gay is moral, or that the Bible approves of it, whatever you believe is your own opinion.  But if you disagree with gay marriage, it is important to keep in mind that you can’t expect non-Christians to understand why you don’t agree with it. They don’t believe in the same things that Christians believe in–no one can expect someone of a different religion to understand and believe in the same things that they believe in. The only thing we can really do as Christians is to keep our arms open wide and our hearts full of love.

As Christians it’s our job to love everyone for who they are and what sins they commit. We are no better than anyone else. Instead, we should focus on what God has called us to do–and that’s to love. After all, I believe that you should hate the sin, love the sinner.

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