Can They Be A “Christian”?


Be warned, this is a VERY controversal subject and I welcome all feedback, but please keep it respectful.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing case regarding same-sex marriages. The conservatives are hoping that Proposition 8 in California (which bans gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are upheld. The liberals are hoping that both are repealed, meaning that same-sex couples can get married and have that marriage recognized.

Personally, I don’t think that we as Christians should really care. So what if a couple, that happens to be gay, wants to get married? There are bigger things to worry about than what the government decides to do. As Christians, I believe that our role is to pray for our leadership. Not get worked up over the fact that the government isn’t acting like a Christian. And that leads to a greater question….

Can a person be gay AND be a Christian?

Think about it. Is it possible for a person to be gay and yet still claim to be a Christian? Can someone who is clearly sinning in the eyes of God, claim His mercy and grace? The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. And someone who is in a relationship with someone of the same-sex is, therefore, sinning against God and is unforgivable. They are to be discriminated against and hated. They are to be feared. They are social pariah. Right?

That’s what the church teaches anyways. But let’s ask a few more questions:

Can a murderer be a Christian?

Can an adulterer be a Christian?

Can a divorcee be a Christian?

Can a thief be a Christian?

Can a liar be a Christian?

Can someone who has premarital sex be a Christian?

The list can go on and on. All of the above are sins clearly defined in the Bible, yet we find many people who fit this description in the church. Why does the church feel the need to pick out certain sins and label them as “BAD”. Aren’t they all? Since when is one sin greater than another? Since when does living with your boyfriend/girlfriend (gay or straight!) before marriage become a bigger sin than getting a divorce? Since when do we have the right, as Christians, to tell someone they are living in sin and NOT extend the same grace and mercy that was extended to us?

We are ALL sinners. Period. No matter what the sin is, we all do it. As Christians, it is not our job to judge others. It is not our job to tell someone they are never going to heaven. It is not our job to shun someone because of how they live.

It IS our job to love them. To show them grace. It is our job to show non believers what it means to be Christlike. Who cares that they are sinners?

All these people are in the church, and the church is worried about how the government isn’t acting “Christian.”  I don’t focus on what the government does or does not do. I don’t have the time or energy to worry about it. There is a much bigger calling on my life, and on your lives. We are called to love one another. Regardless of religion, race, handicap, sexual orientation and everything else.

Love. Period.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Again, please keep it respectful, but I welcome all input.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Can They Be A “Christian”?

  1. I agree that we shouldn’t pinpoint certain sins; we should call out all sins. The question is not whether Christians should love fellow sinners; we aboslutely should. The question is, “What does it mean to love fellow sinners?” Jesus regularly called sinners to repentance for their sins. He expects them to turn their back on their sins in becoming a Christian. Of course, this doesn’t happen all at once. Becoming more like Christ is a life-long process. But becoming like Christ is the goal of our lives. I Corinthians 5 and Matthew 18 are direct orders for the church to deal with anyone who is living in unrepentant sin. This does not mean that we are expected to live perfect lives. It means that even when we are to be struggling to overcome sin at all times, though at times we may fail. Those inside the church who live in unrepentant sin are to be addressed by fellow believers. If they do not repent of their sins, they are to be treated like an unbeliever and removed from the body of believers. This may seem harsh, but it is the Scriptural mandate. God set the system up for the purpose of bringing unbelievers to salvation and unrepentant believers to repentance. And the system does not distinguish certain sins, but speaks to dealing with all sins. God’s desire is our holiness, not just our salvation. Therefore, we should be seeking to rid our lives of all sin, even gossip, lying, etc. (the sins that people think aren’t a big deal). The Holy Spirit working in our lives through fellow believers and even church discipline (when necessary) is a big deal and we should be obedient to deal with sin in this manner.

    Not a popular opinion, but it’s clearly what Scripture calls us to do. Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

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