Have you seen old commericals from the 40s and 50s with their warnings like don’t catch the gay or beware of the homos? To me, this kind of talk ranks right up there with racism, making it out to be like gay people are a far-step lower than the rest of humanity. If anything good has come from the advancement in our culture over recent decades, it would be that “all people are equal” is actually a politically-correct statement now.
If our culture believes that all people are equal, how much more should the Christians believe this, in light of the biblical fact that every human is made in the image of God? My fear is that many Christians forget, or blatantly reject, this truth when it comes to homosexuals, adulterers, murderers, etc.. I think many people really believe, even if subconsciously, that they are not quite as depraved as those who exhibit really sinful behavior. And honestly, I’ve been one of those people. For instance, I’ve often thought “they’re too far gone” or “there’s no hope for them” when I see gay people around me. I mean, I was delivered from the bondage of this particular sin and yet, at times I don’t even believe God can do it for anyone else. Pretty bad, huh?…. I know. I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit’s conviction in times like these.
Apart from a solid understanding of and constant meditation on the gospel, we tend to gage our goodness by comparing our level of morality and behavior to that of other broken people around us. Rather than lining ourselves up against the standard of righteousness revealed by our holy and perfect God, and seeing how incredibly short we fall of it, we esteem ourselves by looking at a others and thinking, “Well I’m not as bad as they are!”
If we truly understand and believe the gospel, this way of thinking has to be evicted from our minds.
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.” – Romans 3:11-12
When the Word of God says none, it means none.
“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”- Jesus (Mark 2:17).
If you truly believe the words of Jesus, you must see yourself just as sick as a homosexual, porn star, adulterer or anyone else who commits what we would call “really bad sins”… How much more will people see the love of Christ in us when they see our awareness of our own brokenness?
Just a thought.