All You Need Is Love

June 20, 2013 in From the Heart by Amanda

This last week I have felt convicted on multiple occasions to write a post explaining my standpoint on gay/equal rights.

Now, I really don’t want to be writing this because I know why I believe what I believe and I also understand why people believe what they believe and having pointless arguments over who’s right and who’s wrong over vast social media websites isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion and to be honest that’s not what I’m trying to do here. The truth is I hate conflict, but nonetheless I’m going to take a stab at trying to explain the complications behind why I think the way I do on this topic.

I was born and raised in a generation that embraces and accepts people for being different and embodying who they truly are more than any other generation has. It’s one of the things I love the most about about my generation, but being a part of this generation as well as having been raised in a Christian home, has put me in the middle of some conflicting morality issues. Growing up, I thought it would be the coolest thing to have a gay best friend like the lead characters in rom coms had who could help you pick out clothes and give you guy advice from a guy’s perspective, but the struggle came in when I knew deep down that my rhetorical gay best friend’s lifestyle wouldn’t be one that was pleasing to God.

Love is at the heart of this issue and time after time I keep hearing it doesn’t matter who you love, if the person makes you happy then that’s all that matters. To a certain degree that’s true, it doesn’t matter who you love because we are supposed to love and care for everyone just as Christ first loved us. That’s why it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, where you live, what you believe, or what you’ve done. Christ loves you and so do I. I’m not going to stop being your friend, talking, or caring for you based on your past or your present. I will defend you against your enemies, however I will never condone or support your sinful actions. Love isn’t the issue. If you ask me, we need more of it. It’s the other ‘L’ word where things become a problem. When you begin to lust after someone that’s where sin begins to form.

We have our own free will and because of this we have a choice. You are entitled to make your own decisions about what you do and how you live your life, but along with that freedom you are held accountable for the consequences if you make a wrong choice. If you haven’t made the ultimate decision of accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior and committing to a relationship with Him then in your mind there’s no one for you to answer to and I understand why you support gay rights. However, just because you don’t accept that truth doesn’t make it right and doesn’t mean it’s not sin. For myself and other Christians, our first obligation is to the Lord and we can’t justify what is considered sin in His eyes.

Yes, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice. That’s why He sent His only Son to die for us simply to save our immortal souls so we can spend eternity with Him. That’s also why I believe what I do. I love my God and in loving Him I respect and honor what He deems as righteous. I love you with all of your faults because Christ loves me with mine and I know that all sin leads to destruction and I don’t want that road for anyone.

God never intended for women to be with women and men to be with men in a homosexual way. If He had, in creation, He would have provided a way for both men and women to give birth naturally and He also would not have limited himself to only creating Adam and Eve. We need two different individuals like a man and a women in order to procreate. Marriage is a supposed to be a picture of Christ as the groom coming for His bride, the church. There’s always a reason why the Bible is against something or puts a negative connotation towards it which is why I have included a few of the following verses on this subject.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” – Lev 18:22

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed and abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people- none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 

It’s a fact that our world is changing and more and more are viewing homosexuality as acceptable. I understand the reasoning behind why people support it because if I weren’t a Christian I probably would too, but no matter how many attempts there are to justify equal rights, it’s still a sin. Let’s be honest, in the end the law isn’t going to stop you from living the way you choose to. The only thing that’s going to convict you to change your lifestyle is embracing Christ’s love for you and deciding that living for the Lord is more important than living for yourself. How we return Christ’s love for us is spending time with Him reading and praying, honoring His word, and showing others what Christ has done for us through our testimony and actions. I come from two worlds and it’s not about what I believe, but why I believe it especially when everywhere you turn someone is telling you you’re wrong and they’re right. I just wanted to take the time to explain the why because I feel like that isn’t individually thought through enough. I’m not trying to change your opinion or beliefs. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. Only God has the power to work in your heart. Please message me if I can help in answering any questions you may have or simply if you need someone to talk to. I don’t care about your past or your present, but I pray for a better future.