I live under a rock. And it wasn’t until yesterday that I was informed of the big news that happened while I was chilling out under said rock. Frankly, I was not surprised to hear it, nor was I horrified or thunderstruck. Really I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner, what with the way things are going these days.
And it’s no secret where Google’s allegiance lies–I happened to open YouTube this morning to see a whole featured playlist of videos under the title “#LoveWins in Supreme Court Ruling.” The phrase “Love Wins” really struck me, and got me to thinking.
You know the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin”? It is as true as ever, but we run into difficulty when it comes to homosexuality. You see, homosexuality is one sin that in modern times has become an identity. And when something becomes your identity, it is who you are. Me, I’m a Texan, born and raised. If you start a diatribe against my home state, I’m going to be very upset! Why? Because Texas is who I am, I am part of Texas. This is how homosexuality is now. It’s not so much considered something that people do, but something that people are. (I would have to research this, but my understanding is that this is a fairly recent phenomenon in light of history.)
If I tell a homosexual that I love him, but hate his homosexuality, that does not compute. “What do you mean?” he may say. “If you hate homosexuality, you’re hating me, because that’s what I am!” Hence the buzzwords “hate speech” and “hate crime.”
If you’re a Christian, you may be reading this and thinking “What a mess! How are we ever going to be able to reach people like this?” It is certainly a sticky situation, and no matter what approach we take, we will still be labeled as “homophobic” by some (a maddening word etymologically, by the way).
When I think about it, I believe it all goes back to love. God is love. He calls His children to love one another. And Jesus teaches us to love our enemies. Everything a Christian does should be motivated by love. And in the end, love wins.
You see, there is nothing we can do to make a sinner repent. We can show him the way, show him the love of Christ, and be a good example in our own lives, but at the end of the day, each sinner must make his own decision about salvation. And this is where love comes in again.
I’ll be the first to tell you that love is a beautiful thing. Without human love, a person would live a very drab existence. That’s why the homosexual movement is latching onto the word “love,” because it is so universal and precious. But the only way a homosexual person can repent is to love God more than they love their partner, their identity, yes, even their own self. Jesus said it best:
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26, 27 ESV)
When a sinner of any sort comes to know God, and loves God, whatever God says goes. If God says it is sin, that settles it. Jesus spoke of counting the cost because He knew some would consider the cost of becoming a disciple and decide against it. If the homosexual loves God above all else, he will let go even this identity of homosexuality in order to gain eternal life.
There are a lot of people rejoicing now, because something they hold dear is being promoted and glorified. And I imagine there are a lot of people who are upset right now, because they see this as a blow to the Christian religion. I think I’ll stay under my rock for now, but I hope this post helps us all understand the situation a little better, and may we always remember that Love does win, because God is love, and He has the final victory.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15 ESV)