Is Homosexuality a Sin and Why Does it Matter? – Part 1

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A princess paused at the side of the road when a frog jumped out and said, “Kiss me and I’ll turn into a handsome prince!” The princess gasped: “Holy s@&# – a talking frog!”

Sometimes we need to pull back and see the bigger picture.

The same was true when Jesus healed a lame man. He healed a lame man. (Better than a talking frog.) But the religious leaders were torqued that He did it on the Sabbath. What??

When it comes to this big question of whether or not homosexuality is a sin, we need to pull back and see the bigger picture. Here’s the bigger picture: God came to earth, as a Man, Jesus Christ. He offers to be our Savior — free for the asking — to make us brand new, heal our wounds and transform our lives. Is that not the biggest news in the entire history of the universe? The “abundantly good news” of a personal relationship with God? Yet we often focus on a particular sin… particularly other people’s sin.

The answer to this homosexuality/sin question is not the slam-dunk many Christians view it as. I will address this more specifically in this continued blog, but I am quite concerned about what we plan to do with an answer once we have it.

Truthfully, the church has not been trustworthy with solid answers. We like to make lists of rules for behavior when Jesus wants to change our hearts. The most important aspect of authentic inquiry is to follow where the evidence leads. We already trust in Jesus as our Savior, those of us who know Him, and we believe in His inspired word. But our interpretation of that word has been sorely skewed over the centuries. We silenced Galileo, we burned witches, we owned slaves — all justified by what we thought the Bible said. Yes? If God is really God, then we can trust Him to hold pieces together that seem to us incongruent. Wisdom requires us to let the conversation unfold and not be afraid of where it takes us. If God is God, why should we be afraid? But we have a hard time just resting with things we don’t understand and trusting God to sort them out.

That is what will be required in authentic engagement with this question, this bigger question of gayness in the culture, and with our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community. I hope you join me in this engagement as we let God take us where He wants us to be.

With all the love in my heart, Susan

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9 thoughts on “Is Homosexuality a Sin and Why Does it Matter? – Part 1

  1. I would say, that homosexuality per se is a form of sin. It is one of the sins mankind inherited since the fall of Adam and Eve. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? Homosexual activities were so rampant that God hated and burned the place. According to Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Yes no one is righteous then. But thanks to the Gospel of water and the Spirit (John 3:5) that all sins, any form of it, were already taken onto Jesus’ shoulders during His baptism by John the Baptist. And paid the price through His Crucifixion. Meaning, everyone who believes in the ministry of Jesus, on what He had done when He came on earth in a form of flesh, will become righteous. That such person, whenever he commits mistakes or sins, in his thoughts, or deeds, unconsciously, would always think that those were already taken by Jesus over 2000 years ago. I pray that everyone would come to believe by faith the beautiful gospel of water and the Spirit; Jesus baptism and crucifixion as one.

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  4. Thanks for sharing, Susan! I look forward to reading more of your blog. I am a writer too with a heart for Jesus and also for the gay community. Sometimes I feel very alone in my thoughts toward this matter, so I look forward to connecting and hearing what others have to say!

  5. I’m anxious to see where this goes. 🙂 My children and I have often had this discussion…Thanks for tackling this question, Susan!

    • You’re welcome – I can’t wait to see where it goes too! (Haha.) Now I’m curious what the conversation with your kids has been!… (You can write me privately if you’d like.)

  6. Susan, I met you at Share Fair. I like your blog and appreciate you tackling the gay issue. I am not gay but think like you and think Jesus treated all people equally and i know God loves all his children. Thanks !

    • Well, the message He’s been giving me is we have done a pitiful job of loving the LGBTQ community, and it’s time we stop making excuses for it. At least that’s the message He’s speaking to me. Thank you for sharing, Karen. Looking forward to seeing what He does.

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