I enjoyed watching the Joel Osteen interview with Piers Morgan.
Osteen comes out and says that homosexuality is a sin. Probably the first time he has ever said this, at least in public, but he clearly made his stance known. The reason I like it is not because he is taking a stance against homosexuality, but rather the ability to show how hard it is for people to understand how you can say you love the person but identify part of their life as a sin.
When the sexuality orientation is considered a core part of your being, any rejection of that is a rejection of the whole. You don’t ask someone who is black to stop being black, but some Christians are saying that a person, who is homosexual, has to deny a large part of who they feel like they are in order to be deemed acceptable. I think it is something that Christians should be watching and considering when they decide to speak out against homosexuality.
By focusing on the sexuality, the Christian is basically casting aside all of the good things about the person and deeming them as invalid or worthless. Great way to make a person feel loved isn’t it? I know it isn’t intentional, but that becomes the reality of the conversation about the issue. The person becomes offended and the conversation is basically over.
You can show them in the Bible where it says it is a sin, but if they do not hold that the Bible is true then that is pointless. If they are Christians as well, then the majority of them time the argument is that it is either a bad translation or that it no longer applies. Still no way to argue the point. You can not use a logical argument that homosexuality is a sin when someone fails to recognize it as a sin.
But the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. After setting her before them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have a charge against him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent down again and continued writing on the ground. When they heard this, they went away one by one, beginning with the oldest, and he was left alone with the woman standing there. Then Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Hasn’t anyone condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you either. Go home, and from now on do not sin any more.”
I was thinking about this issue when reading this passage this morning. I can see how it pertains in part to this issue. Jesus did not reject the woman who was sinning. He pointed out that they were not without sin so they should not attempt to punish someone for their sins. He said to go and sin no more. That is the part that we get stuck on as homosexuals and supporters do not see it as a sin. Maybe if we focus on the first two acts, we can allow Jesus to work on the heart and deal with the aspect of sin. That is not to say we should not call it sin. No one is saying to condone the action, but there is a lot of love that can be shared before it comes down to condoning anything.