What should our Christian mindset be toward Homosexuality?


What should our Christian mindset be toward Homosexuality?
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This is the kind of question I deliberately try to avoid on our website for the simple reason that this is the kind of question which is outwith the theme of our Bookshop however, it is an issue which is very common today so it’s one which needs a clear answer for the younger. Thankfully, the scriptures always reveal an answer for complex questions such as this and I can think of no greater example to help answer this question, than that of the actions of Jesus himself during his earthly ministry. One thing we’ve always got to bear in mind about Jesus was, that he came into this world to not only preach the Kingdom of God and give himself as a sacrifice, but to also show, that he was the express image of God the Father in thought, word and through his actions and there’s one account, which illustrates God’s mind of the subject of sin perfectly.
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Firstly, I’ll explain this account for those who might not have heard this before. One day, Jesus was preaching and teaching the New Testament when he was interrupted by the religious of the day with an extreme challenge, which would put him and his ministry to the test. In their hands they had a woman, who had been caught in the act of adultery and religious asked him what action should they take, baiting him to slip up, break the law and show that he was not of God. You see, the old law demanded that the woman be put to death for her sin and make no mistake, these religious men were fully prepared and ready to stone her to death before Jesus, the Apostles and the people standing by.
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Again, make no mistake about this account, this situation was extremely serious and Jesus’ actions here could have either discredited his ministry or have put this woman to death however, instead of proving them wrong by the scriptures or performing some great miracle as a distraction, which he could have so easily done, he stooped down and started writing in the sand. As the people looked on, Jesus just continued writing in silence until he finally said to the people, “whichever one of you has no sin in your life, you be the first to cast a stone at this woman….” and then, having given them the counter challenge, he continued writing in the sand. Slowly the people, being pricked in their conscience, walked away from the situation leaving Jesus and this woman alone.
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When the people left, Jesus approached the woman kindly and lovingly saying, “woman, where are there people who captured you and condemning you?” to which she replied, “No man Lord”. Then Jesus said, and this key, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more…”. Jesus was well aware of the sins of this woman and he didn’t condone the sin but neither did he condemn her for it rather, he showed her love and understanding knowing that she was a lost child. His answer was clear, go and sin no more, there’s no question that he condoned her sin however from this example, we see the mind of God toward those who don’t believe, they need to be won to Christ by far more than just shouting judgements and slandering others, they need to be met with the Words of God – “It’s the kindness of God which brings people to repentance”
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I hope you can see from this brief example what our mindset should be toward those who don’t necessarily believe in Jesus, we as Christians are all sinners saved by the grace of God and if we’ve tasted that grace, then we should be willing to show it toward others. That doesn’t mean condoning the sin of another rather not condemning them for it.
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God bless
Steven
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.