Matt 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
As I was looking on the internet today I saw yet another article about a Pastor nearly threatening homosexuals from the pulpit. I must say I will forever believe the bible and what it teaches us about homosexuality and sexual sin. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and just because I believe this does not mean I am homophobic. What I cannot understand is why many Christians take parts of the bible and use them to emphasize on our pet peeves, yet completely go against other biblical principles as if they do not exist. It is often hard for some to understand that we were all born with a sin nature and that all sin is just that; SIN (no hierarchy).
Jesus told us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and love our enemies as well. Why not spend our time in the pulpit telling and teaching people about Jesus Christ, who He is, what He has done for ALL of us and all that He has empowered us to enjoy. I currently live in CA (in the process of moving), so I’ve seen and heard much more than I’ve ever wanted regarding many LGBT agendas. Even with that being said, it is clear to me that there is only one thing which will win the heart of a sinner, and that is the Love of Jesus Christ. Let’s give people life and a chance to be introduced to the lover of our souls. When we do this, we may be like Paul, doing all that he could to evangelize; “by all means save some (1 Cor 9:20-22).”
Jesus said to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. He then uses the conjunction that, to show us why we should show this love.
- To Be His Sons: [that you may be sons of your Father in heaven] The word be in this text means (to become, come into existence, begin to be, receive being), we become a Son of God when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, but sinners do not see that. What do sinners see? Love, when it comes from someone that they hate, don’t trust or are afraid of. You become a Son of God, the very Jesus that they cannot see, when you love rather than spew hatred and ignorance. Most unsaved people respect Christians that actions & words align. Jesus would never say some of the things that we are hearing from Christians pulpits today. When we apply His word, it speaks volumes even to our enemies. Be a Son to those who need to see one.
- To Be His Blessings: for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust Jesus reminds us a few things here, He (The Triune God) makes the Sun rise and the rain fall for everyone not just Christians but sinners also. The sun always represents some aspect of Jesus’ character and the rain always represents the Holy Spirit. It is a good thing too, because we were not always saved and had He not shined and rained on us, we would still be in the same category as other sinners (including unsaved homosexuals). But check this out, when we love our enemies we are a blessing to them and give an opportunity for our enemies to experience the same sun & rain. Bless those who we know need Jesus, because hate only brings about death (Matt 5:21-22).
Remember, we did not love Christ first; He loved us and then died for ALL of our sins. He loves homosexuals just as much as He loves us so let’s get on His page and off our “high horse”. I’m not telling you to go and participate in the many antics and presentations of the LGBT movement, nor to embrace their values. We do not have to agree, but we certainly do not need to hate either. We will never win a single homosexual to Christ by way of hate, but if our goal is not to lead them to Christ, we may need to reevaluate our purpose. Just some food for thought!