As I spend more and more time on the internet discussing religion, I realize there are many impressions people hold of what others should believe in order to rightly claim affiliation with any particular faith system. Specifically when it comes to Christianity, a good many people believe they can spot someone who isn’t acting like a Christian is supposed to; i.e. the Christian is not adhering to “Ideal Christianity”.
I was lucky enough to come across a blog called Whatjordanthinks.com where Jordan opines about the areas where she believes Christians, the church, and implicitly Christianity fails to live up to Ideal Christianity, specifically regarding homosexuals and homosexuality titled “Homosexuality…“.
Should it matter what the Bible says?
In today’s society there is a lot of controversy over homosexuality and if it should or should not be accepted in the church. In my opinion, I think homosexuality should be accepted because it’s the way our world is today and we have to get over it. Did Jesus die on the cross just for straight people? Didn’t think so. God is supposed to be forgiving and welcoming to all, but apparently he’s not.
Wouldn’t you think that if a homosexual person wanted to go to church, they should be allowed no matter their sexuality so that God could forgive them and they could get the help they needed? You would think so. Just because someone is homosexual, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. It’s also not the person’s fault that they are like this, people are born that way. They don’t just wake up one morning and decide to be homosexual.
When I went to church on Sunday I heard an older man saying that homosexuality is a sickness and people needed to be treated for it. Now, that doesn’t sound very Christian, does it? Not at all. I believe that as a Christian, we’re supposed to accept other peoples’ flaws.
If you want my opinion, I think it’s a SIN to judge people like this. Yes, it’s a natural thing for us humans to judge people saying things like, “Oh my gosh, that girl is kind of chunky” or “Whoa, that dude has a big nose”. That’s natural though, but for us to judge someone saying, “Wow, that guy likes other guys.” That’s just wrong.
I think that every church should except [sic] EVERYONE not based on their sexuality or anything else of that matter. Because if homosexuals are judged in the church shouldn’t murderers, thieves, liars, and cheaters be judged as well? It seems as if these people listed (the murderers, thieves, liars, and cheaters) can be forgiven by God, but homosexuals are constantly being hassled about their lives being sins.
I believe that as long as someone lives their life to the fullest and is an overall good person, they’ll make it to heaven. I don’t think just because someone is homosexual, they won’t make it to heaven. Because some of those homosexuals may do greater things than we do. They may go out and help their community while some of us do not.
Though Jordan mentions she–at least at one point in her life–used to attend a church, she seems to have a thorough misunderstanding about what Christianity and the Bible have to say about sin. I don’t say this disparagingly at all. But the post is thick with a post-modern un-biblical assessment of Christians and the Bible.
It starts with the first sentence, “Should it matter what the Bible says?”.The answer should come easily to someone who has been associated with Christianity: yes, it does matter. As far as Christianity is concerned, it matters what the Bible says on any given issue. The Bible is–for lack of a better term–the handbook for Christianity.
Unfortunately, nearly everything Jordan has said should be the case, is the opposite of what the Bible says should be on the issue.
- I think homosexuality should be accepted because it’s the way our world is today and we have to get over it. (1 John 2:15, 1 John 4:4-6)
- God is supposed to be forgiving and welcoming to all. (Psalm 5:4-6. Moreover, the Bible teaches repentant sinners who seek forgiveness for their sins are welcomed by God.)
- Just because someone is homosexual, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. (Romans 3:23, everyone is a sinner. Romans 3:11-12 No one does good, from God’s perspective)
- I believe that as a Christian, we’re supposed to accept other peoples’ flaws. (1 Timothy 5:20 We are to rebuke those who sin. Romans 1:18-32, specifically v 32 condemns those who would defend and support sin.)
- I think it’s a sin to judge people like this. (1 Timothy 5:20, 2 Timothy 4:1-3)
- I think that every church should accept everyone not based on their sexuality or anything else of that matter. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13. Also, see above citations for approving sin, and being charged with rebuking sin. Remember Jesus, when someone asked for forgiveness, He told them ‘go and sin no more’. )
- if homosexuals are judged in the church shouldn’t murderers, thieves, liars, and cheaters be judged as well? (They are 1 Timothy 1:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
- It seems as if these people listed (the murderers, thieves, liars, and cheaters) can be forgiven by God. (They can 1 Corinthians 6:11)
- I believe that as long as someone lives their life to the fullest and is an overall good person, they’ll make it to heaven. ( Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5. No one is forgiven and saved by doing good.)
- I don’t think just because someone is homosexual, they won’t make it to heaven. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:18-32)
- Being homosexual may be a sin in God’s eyes, but in my eyes, judging people is an even worse sin. (In whose eyes does it really matter?)
This is all not to say that the Bible is correct in its assessment of homosexual sexual relationships, I am not making an apologetic for the immorality of homosexual sexual relationships. This merely highlights the degree to which some people judge Christians–not on the what the Bible says, but on how they think Christians should be–regardless of what the Bible says. A large percentage of the population is biblically illiterate, and so they operate from an idea of what Christianity is, and how Christians are supposed to act, then make assessments based on their perceptions. Assess Christians based on the standards set forth in the New Testament, not how you think Christians ought to act. Christianity is not in the eye of the beholder.