Christians should display Christlike behavior through LGBTQIA acceptance

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Christians should adopt a Christlike attitude toward homosexuality by showing love and acceptance instead of hatred.

Christianity and the LGBTQIA community have had their fair share of arguments and debates. It is not very difficult to come by an article or website explaining why Christians should be against homosexuality and what the Bible has to say about it. However, amidst all of the hate, there should be a glimmer of hope. Christians have plenty of reasons to be accepting of homosexual lifestyles.

Sin is sin, no matter what it is. My friend once told me that in a Sunday school class they learned about sins by using stacks of Oreos. Humans measure sins as if stealing gets one Oreo while adultery gets three, thus making adultery the worse sin. But God sees all sins the same, since when He looks down he only sees the tops of the Oreos, not how high they are stacked.

People who claim homosexuality is a horrible sin and needs to be taken down need to take a look in the mirror. Somehow these people fail to recognize the everyday ways humans sin, like lust, gambling, various forms of cheating and divorce, to name a few. These sins, and even sins as extreme as murder, are all considered within the context in which they occur. However, homosexuality is, for some reason, always treated as a tier-one Avada Kedavra level of unforgivable sin. This is not to say I think homosexuality is a sin because I do not. I am simply making the point that condemning the sin of someone else but excusing one’s own is definitely not Christlike.

A Christian life is supposed to be led in a Christlike way: through loving others and aiming to bring others closer to God. By hating others and denying them the love of Christ, which was promised to all of humanity, a Christlike life is not being lived. I am a Christian, and I try my hardest to live life fully in Christ’s footsteps, which means accepting others and loving the downtrodden.

Accepting others means accepting their way of life, whether it agrees with mine or not. It is not Christlike to hate others simply because they are different. In fact, I have many friends who are both Christian and homosexual. The church does not kick them out, and I most certainly do not hate them for it. I cannot speak for all Christians and their beliefs, but as an individual Christian, I have no problem with homosexuality. It is not my life, and therefore I should not have a say in what other people choose do with theirs.

The Bible frequently mentions how Christians should act. The New Testament insists that Christians act with love, equality, and fairness. These things are absent when homosexuality is hated on. Romans 13:8-10 is a good example of this: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. This is the main thing the Bible asks of Christians—to love your neighbor as yourself. Hating on someone else because they are different is not acting in a Christian way.

The bottom line is that it simply goes against the Christian teachings to hate. Christians are supposed to love, and this includes loving those whose lifestyles are different than most. Many churches are accepting of homosexuality, and it is time for individual Christians to be that way as well.