When I was in Junior High, one of my friends’ mother was our Sunday School teacher at the United Methodist Church I attended. Mrs. Tuthill was her name. Her claim to fame in our little town was her ability to overwhelm sweepstakes contests with entries and win just about everything. She even won a car. Besides her ability to bend an envelope in a certain way to increase its chances of being drawn out of a barrel, she made an immediate and deep impact on us when it came to understand God’s view of homosexuality and those that are in that sin.
We were in 1 Sam 18:1 and we read aloud where David and Jonathon’s souls were knit and that Jonathon loved David as his own soul. Mrs. Tuthill’s son said under his breath to the child sitting next to him, “Sounds like a couple of homos”, which received some stifled laughter. He, however, hadn’t said it low enough to where his mother wouldn’t hear him. When she heard it, well, Hiroshima looked like a firecracker compared to the ‘sermon’ we heard on how homosexuality was an abomination to God and the judgment of God, and oh boy did she let us have it. Well I was convinced, even as a young unregenerate Methodist, and it made an immediate and lasting impression.
It was always scandalous back then when some movie star or whatever would ‘come out of the closet’. Boy George had us all wondering what ‘he’ was. Movies and television constantly portrayed them as flippant girly men that pranced about. It was always a punch line. Comedians like Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams made fun of them, in fact, most comedians cracked jokes about them. It was an insult to call someone a queer, and accusing other teenage boys of committing such acts was one way to start a fight, or win an insult contest. Then HIV and AIDS appeared and it seemed as if the culture’s attitude towards homosexuals started to change then.
Yes, the era I grew up in was an odd one if you compare it to today.
Today, the tables have been turned. There is such a thing as ‘Gay Pride’. Proud of being gay? Really? What is gay pride, you might ask? Well, according to what you may see in a ‘Gay Pride Parade’, it means you have no shame for your sin, and you want everyone to accept you for what you are. And to prove it, you will trot out offensive floats, perform offensive acts, and then get offended when people comment at how lewd the gay folks were during the parade.
Okay, we get it, your here, your queer, but as Christians, we won’t get used to it. Our response to your ‘Gay Pride’ is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for sinners who commit such sins. You don’t believe me? Have you ever read Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians?
(9) Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
(10) nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
(11) And such were some of you.But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
The response we need to make is that their unrepentant sinfulness will cause them to be sent to hell for all eternity, but Jesus Christ died for sinners. They should repent of their sin, trust in the Savior. Jesus Christ, the Savior of all kinds of men and women, even those who commit the sins of homosexuality.
Jesus what a friend of sinners.