Dear Susan: How Does God Really Feel About Gays?

<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Dear-Susan

Nothing like kicking things off with an easy question… ‘How does God really feel about gays?’

This is my very first “Dear Susan” post.

I will do them every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read.  🙂

Enjoy the very first “Dear Susan“…

Dear Susan:

Is this a joke? More importantly, is the bible given any regard in this article? I wonder how God really feels about gays – this majestic “LGBTQ”. Oh here is a text: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust on toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26-27. There is what God believes about the LGBTQ community.

Dear Friend:

Well, hello there! I appreciate your passion. 🙂 I can tell you’re new to this conversation, because the Romans passage, along with the other “clobber passages” have been completely dismantled by Christian scholars, in books and blogs, for some time now. (Much of that work is on my resources page.)

First, let me share with you the simple truth about Romans 1. This passage is addressing a group of Christians who were giving up their focus on God. It is about idol worship. The key to the homosexual references is the word ‘natural’ – Paul is referring to heterosexual people giving up their natural, god-given orientation and NOT worshiping God by exchanging that for ‘un-natural’ behavior – for them. It would be exactly like asking a gay person to have heterosexual sex – it goes against their very nature, their identity, their orientation. There is much more on this in the books Bible, Gender & Sexuality and God and the Gay Christian.

I have a high view of scripture and take my bible very seriously, so much so that I won’t allow it to be autopsied, pulled out of context and thrown in pieces to reject and condemn people Jesus loves!

In addition, Romans 2 starts with “therefore, [referring to Romans 1], you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself…” Paul warns us that judging others is God’s business, not ours.

You see, you are looking at your bible like it’s a menu and choosing a passage like Romans, COMPLETELY out of context, to justify condemnation to a certain group of people – overlooking so many passages about judgment, about how unequipped we are to judge others, and that we are NOT to be sorting out what’s right and wrong, but following Jesus!

And to answer your question – ‘How does God really feel about gays?’…

He loves them, like he loves you – unconditionally. They are perfect to him, like you are. He guides them, like he guides you. His peace is available to them, as it is to you.

The question each of us must answer is: “Do I believe God feels that way about me?”

My dear reader, how would you answer that question?? I hope and pray your answer is yes,

Susan

*If you have a question for “Dear Susan” please email it to freedhearts@gmail.com. Please put ‘DEAR SUSAN’ in the subject line.

12 thoughts on “Dear Susan: How Does God Really Feel About Gays?

  1. Love when I have time to see how you are impacting folks with your unique loving, intelligent way Susan, as one poster recently said you ROCK. Your love that you display on your post is kind, it is gentle, it does not boast.

  2. Thank you Susan! Who are we to judge. I love this post and look forward to reading more in the future! Best of luck on this new a God given adventure!

  3. Ok. Why does everybody slam the Bible shut right after reading Romans chapter 1? Let’s read Romans ch. 2 now! The bottom line is that we are all equal as sinners in God’s sight.  Rom. 2:1. “You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” Too many so-called “Christians” sweep their own sins under the church carpet while magnifying the sins of others—and gays are an easy scapegoat target—just to make themselves feel better. Rom. 2:21-23 “…You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? 22. You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? … 23. You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. 24. No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles [the world] blaspheme the name of God because of you.”

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