Our culture understands sexual orientation to exist on a continuum, with the completely heterosexual person on one end and the completely homosexual on the other. Of course, there are many facets to the subject of sexuality like: sexual morality, sexual preference, gender identity, sexual acts, bisexuality, cross-genderization, LBGTQ societal acceptance, and others. Homosexuality can be broadly defined as behavior characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desires toward a person of the same sex.

 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV)

Occurring in 1 Corinthians Chapters 6 and 7, there is a great discussion about sexual morality, and in the middle of this dissertation on sexual morality we find a gem of truth in 6:17 that shows us what the real subject is: your relationship with Christ.

But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, boast not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom [envy and strife] descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:14–17 King James 2000 Bible)

For the very mention of homosexuality to cause strife and division anywhere shows you that there is a more excellent way to approach this matter: with wisdom, mercy, and impartiality. But with whose wisdom? Whose mercy and impartiality? I’ll give you a hint: Certainly not man’s wisdom, mercy and impartiality.

According to the theologian, Albert Barnes: “There is nothing more decidedly condemned in the Scriptures than the habit of pronouncing a judgment on the motives and conduct of others.” The bottom line I am getting to here is that your and my true focus should be to connect every man, woman, and child to the Great Judge and let that Great Judge, God, be the one to communicate His heart and will to the person. Let that person, whether homosexual, heterosexual, murderer, adulterer, sinner, or saint, stand before God, where he or she ought to be judged. This is your job and my job first—not to judge any person in any way but rather to communicate the Savior’s love to them.

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:12 NIV)

In the end, it really doesn’t matter what you or I think. What matters is what God thinks, because any relationship is entirely between God and the individual. You see, God has such a crazy love for people that He allowed His only begotten Son to be crucified as the means of reconciling humankind to Him. How can you or I add to or subtract from that?

Written by : Craig Stellpflug

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