The SCOTUS Ruling Reveals Christian Hate for Homosexuals

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that gay marriage is a right legalizing such marriages. thereby redefining marriage. The support for this decision among professing Christians has been striking but so has the backlash. The reaction to the SCOTUS ruling from some Christian circles has revealed a kind of hatred for the homosexual community.

Let me explain.

Jesus commanded Christians to love others. In fact, he taught that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbor as ourselves. But that was the second greatest commandment. The first is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. The second done in light of the first which includes a greater love for God’s holiness and commands. Jesus taught we are to love God more than sin; therefore, to love our neighbors as ourselves is to call them out of sin.

The Apostle Paul demonstrates the application of Jesus’ two greatest commandments in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The Apostle addresses a particular list of damning sins in the Corinthian church with which some are struggling. Not only are Christians to avoid said sins, but Paul explains that Christians are saved out of them. He is demonstrating the love for his fellow Christians through a greater love, that of Jesus Christ.

Were Paul to apply today’s love is love mantra to the Corinthian church, he would have affirmed their sins. He may have instead told the Corinthians that Jesus loves them and wants them to be happy. So, they may continue in their sins because love is love.

However, Jesus nor Paul loved in a manner that left people in their sins because that’s not love. Jesus didn’t die so we could sin, but to free us from sin. Paul loved the Corinthians enough to explain the freedom from sin Jesus gives believers. Paul loved his own people enough to wish he could trade his salvation to save them (Rom. 9:3).

Jesus loved us enough to die for us. He loved us enough to tell us that we are all death deserving sinners who will face eternal judgment unless we repent of our sins (Jn. 3:16-18, Lk. 13:1-5). Paul, in turn, followed Jesus giving his life for the sake of the gospel to save souls. He also warned that it is not only those who practice sin who deserve God’s judgment, but those who give approval for sin as well (Rom. 1:32).

Finally, the above biblical teachings reveal how some professing Christians have shown hate for homosexuals after the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage. That is, they have shown they do not love their homosexual neighbor enough to tell them gay marriage is a sin. Instead, they approve of and applaud their sin.

Yet, we cannot follow Jesus’ teaching to love God with all of our being while at the same time loving sin. Nor can we love our neighbor as ourselves by encouraging them in sin that God hates and calls us to repent of. The question, then, is: How much does a Christian have to hate someone to affirm their sin and not offer forgiveness through the gospel?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 T Wilson June 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Great take on the situation Mark. Thought provoking and a challenge for many today.

2 Mark Lamprecht June 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, T!

3 Robert Conrad August 4, 2015 at 12:09 am

How about pornography, drinking, lust, gambling, incest, adultery, gluttony?

4 Mark Lamprecht November 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

How about them?


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