God Loves Gay People
There is a lot of hate, and there always has been, where homosexuality is involved. An argument that I've heard, and sadly, more often than I'd like to admit, is that God doesn't love gay people. God doesn't love the homosexual community. That God detests and hates people who are gay. This is a lie.
The truth is, God loves gays. God loves bisexual, transgender, and "queer" people. And what's more, God also loves murderers, liars, terrorists, prostitutes, black people, white people, and everyone in the middle. God loves everyone. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. There is a catch though- Jesus said, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching." There is no such thing as big sins and little sins- there are only sins.
God loves murderers- but murder isn't right.
God loves liars- but lying isn't right.
God loves terrorists- but terrorism isn't right.
God loves prostitutes- but prostitution isn't right.
God loves people who have sex before marriage- but that doesn't make it right.
Now I can say any of those, pretty much anywhere, and no one would get upset with me or get mad at me. But if I said that God loves gays- but homosexuality wasn't right, many people would be upset at me. See, in the Bible, it says that homosexuality is wrong. In Romans, chapter one, and that is a New Testament verse, just to point that out, it says, "Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches." (Romans 1:27-28, The Message)
God loves gays, but you can't expect to "repent" and then go on sinning and still expect that you can have a healthy relationship with God. Someone wouldn't expect to run a race, only run half of it, and still get a first place award! It makes no sense, so why would someone expect that they could repent and and go to heaven, yet be directly disobeying what he said in the Bible. It is the same as a person who murders someone, then repents and says that they are going to serve God, only to go out and murder another person, but still goes around saying they will go to heaven.
As a Christian, it is not my place to judge people, to tell gay people that they are going to hell. It is my job to love them. There is no point of telling someone who isn't trying to follow Jesus about all the reasons in the Bible that they shouldn't be doing what they're doing. However, if they claim to be a follower of Jesus, it says in the Bible that we should go to them, and tell them if we feel that they are in the wrong. While the statement, "love the sinner, hate the sin" has been mocked a lot, there is a lot of truth in it.
It is our job to love everyone, because there is a lot of hate and bad news right now. But no matter what, we have good news, and that good news has a name, and that name is Jesus Christ. There is no difference between someone who is gay, and someone who lies a lot, and someone who looks at another in lust. We are all sinners, and the only thing that can save us is Jesus.