Christians Love Sinners

(Or, Why Christians Don't Hate Homosexuals)

Introduction


    I have recently noticed that the liberal news media of the United States is trying to caricaturize Christians as hating homosexuals, and basically anyone who doesn't believe like they do.  I see it in how people react to the truth that we are all sinners, and in the way people react to find that Christians are boycotting businesses that finance homosexual lifestyle publications.  Make no mistake: the Bible says that we are all sinners, and that we are to love others.  Any Christian that hates other people is a hypocrite.

We Are All Sinners


    Romans 3:9 What then? Are we better than they?
Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

10 As it is written:
      “ There is none righteous, no, not one;
       11 There is none who understands;
      There is none who seeks after God.
       12 They have all turned aside;
      They have together become unprofitable;
      There is none who does good, no, not one.”
       13 “ Their throat is an open tomb;
       With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
      “ The poison of asps is under their lips”;
       14 “ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
       15 “ Their feet are swift to shed blood;
       16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
       17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
       18 “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

    Our Bible says that all people are sinners.  We know this to be true, indirectly.  We all know that no one is perfect.  Saying that someone is a sinner is a very obvious remark to make.  That's like saying we are all human, or that no one is perfect.  I don't see how anyone can be upset because they were called a sinner.
    Another lie I feel is being implied is that right-wing Christians, or conservatives, are going to take up guns and go hunt down sinners.  This is incorrect.  In fact, it's very far from the truth
    True Christianity, true believers in God, advocate non-violence.  This is not to say that Christians cannot be employed by the United States Armed Forces or Department of Defense.  However, in relation to how we treat sinners and/or people who are our enemies, on a personal basis, we do not harm others.  In fact, we help our enemies, and we pray for them.  To quote Jesus Christ Himself:

43 “You have heard that it was said,  ‘You shall love your neighbor[g] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[h] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[i] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    Christians try to be at peace with those around them.  It's one thing to say that a lifestyle is not good, but quite another to hate those caught up in it.  Here's some more from the Bible:

Romans 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,  “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “ If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
      If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
      For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Even if an enemy, or someone who wants to be an enemy, attacks us or harms us, we are to be good in return to them.

Came To Seek And To Save That Which Is Lost

    In Luke 19, we can read the story of Zacchaeus, a tax collector.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, and Jesus happened to be passing through his town.  I'll spare most of the details, but if you read the story, you note several things.  First, Jesus calls to Zacchaeus, not Zacchaeus to Jesus.  Jesus was seeking him, even though He knew he was a tax collector who had evidentally used loop holes in the Roman tax laws to steal extra money from people above their correct tax.  Jesus at this point says something well-known: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."  Jesus' purpose in coming from Heaven to earth was to find and rescue the lost.
    We are called Christians because we look like "little Christs", or we model our lives after Jesus.  Anyone who claims to be a Christian and does not care about the lost, and/or those who are trapped in sin, and doesn't try to rescue them, is no Christian at all.  While we are all human, a true Christian will desire to help those who are sinners, not condoning their sin, but not shunning them either.  Christians care a lot about sinners.

The True Message Of The Bible

    This has been a small portion of the Bible, but I hope it helps you understand that a true Christian is not going to say hateful things towards homosexuals, or to harm them intentionally.  The true message of Christianity is that God loves sinners, and we, knowing God, love them too.  A true Christian, while not perfect (since no one is), will not harm or attack homosexuals.  In fact, a true Christian will tell them about Jesus and how He has the power to rescue sinners from their sin: in effect, try to help them.  The Bible is not hate literature, and we are not committing a hate crime when we say that homosexuals are sinners: everyone is a sinner, and the remedy is Jesus Christ.

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