The church sign said:
God loves gays but hates a perverted life style Romans 1:26-27 Turn or burn
The church sign was smashed by someone who apparently didn’t appreciate the sentiment. The news article here questions whether the sentiment is free speech or hate speech.
This is something I’ve touched on before in a few posts: Society has become increasingly intolerant and/or hostile toward Christianity. The sign is not reflecting the view of that particular church, pastor, or congregation as much as it is reflecting what the Bible teaches on the topic of sin. The point that is maybe missed by that church is that it’s not about one sin or another—it’s about sin. It’s so easy to pick out one particular banner sin because of its prominence in the world around us, but sin is sin and this is but one. The church also misses the point that no sin is better or worse, lesser or greater than another:
James 2:10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
More broadly, Romans (1:18-32) says:
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
I support the right of the church and of Christians to speak out on our Bible-based beliefs without fear of prosecution under Hate Crime laws. Indeed, such laws seem to protect those who hate God and Christianity more than anything else.
But Prosecution and Persecution come hand-in-hand and the Bible tells us we will be persecuted for our beliefs. When Christians are hated, derided, sued, and attacked for speaking our beliefs, it should come as a surprise to no-one. Jesus helped and healed, spoke of love and forgiveness, and asked people to believe and live a sinless life. For that he was attacked, arrested, stripped, beaten, insulted, abused, and killed. And what was his crime? Hate Speech—God hates sin!
The church sign does not promote gay hate. It promotes love for all people including gays.
The point of the sign is that our lusts and desires should not drive our behavior.
We do not accept that a man who lusts after an 8-year-old girl is natural, good, or legal.
We do not accept that a man who lusts after a cat or dog is natural, good, or legal.
We generally don’t accept that a man who lusts after a woman other than his wife is ok.
But yet we accept that a man who lusts after another man is ok.
When we agree that “man” can and should be allowed to follow or pursue his natural desires wherever they may take him, we will find ourselves in a society where anything goes. The argument of morality based on anything other than a perfect standard can be argued away through Relativism and Cultural Acceptance.
The point the church should be making is that “God loves us all but hates a perverted life style Romans 1:26-27 Turn or burn