A Christian hung out with a gay person. Why does this sentence shock so many people?
Hey dudes! So I usually don’t write blogs at night, but something has been on my heart and I wanted to share it with you guys.
I’ve noticed that sometimes we are often more harsher judges than Jesus. We hold a gavel in our hands and accuse people of being guilty of sin based around our own assumptions and condemn them to hell. I know because I do this myself.
We also tend to judge Christians who are hanging out with these sinners. We pull out our whips and lash onto the backs of those who oppose our misconceptions. We comment nasty things behind our computer screens. We terrorize and oppress those who we believe could never be loved.
At the end of Romans chapter 1 Paul writes, “28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
I remember reading this and going, “Ya Paul! Lay into those garbage sinners. Those punks deserve it!”
But then Paul continues in chapter 2 with this, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”
So maybe we aren’t such great, awesome, holy, and just people after all. Maybe our sins are just as bad as everyone else.
I guess that’s what I’m trying to get at. Judging is tough. We tend to do it a lot because it’s easy. We all know and some have memorized John 3:16, but we skip over the very next verse. “17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, neither should we.
So maybe we should start getting to know the ones we judge. Everyone has a story on why they became the person they are. Having relationships with bad people is not a bad thing. It’s showing love to the lost, just like Jesus did.
“11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus hung out with bad people. Do we? Or do we judge and separate ourselves from them?
People are people. No one sin is worse than another. Our minuscule daily sins are equally matched with the sins of a gay person. That’s why we should love everyone. We aren’t more good than anybody else. We all have sinned and we all fall short.
Don’t forget that we were once sinners too. We were once lost and in need of a savior. In fact, we still sin! And we still need the grace of Jesus everyday! And what saved us? Did our good deeds and big resumes save us? Or did Jesus save us?
Jesus loves everyone in the world. We should too.
Don’t judge someone based on where they are, but what they could become. Anyone can change, it just takes a little help from Jesus, but we need to go out and do the work that He called us to do!
So the next time you hear this sentence, “A Christian hung out with a gay person” be encouraged! Don’t judge the sinner or the Christian. Be quick to love and slow to judge. Don’t just love those that love you. Like Matthew 5:46-47 says, even sinners love those who love them. And I’ll flip that around by saying anyone can judge another person. Let’s change the world by loving everyone in it. Not just with our words, but with our actions and involvement in real and genuine relationships! We are called to love everyone, so let’s love everyone!
Love you dudes, but more importantly, Jesus loves you dudes. Hope this inspires you. If you want to connect follow our twitter @NotoftheNorm or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from you guys in the comment section too! Keep it up, and sorry for the midnight post!