Today I am picking my topic straight from the headlines, the Christian music headlines. Is being gay a sin? How should a Christian react when a friend, or someone they respect, announces they are gay?
I’ll back a bit and start with the fact that for years I would ignore any music with the “Christian” label. Then a friend, blog buddy Tam, recommended I listen to Jennifer Knapp. Knapp’s last album, “The Way I Am” was nominated for a Grammy. I was thrilled by the passion with which she sang, and now Christian songs are among my favorites.
Knapp took a hiatus from performing, spending the last several years in Australian. She began writing songs again and announced the release of a new album, scheduled for May. Many of her Christian fans were thrilled. Then in an interview with Christian Today she came out as being gay.
My guess is that she will lose some fans from her Christian fan base, but will likely pick up some new ones. How much this news will affect album sales we will have to wait and see.
Question – If someone who you love, or respected, said they were gay how would you react?
I looked up Bible verses that dealt with homosexuality and found the following, that to me state pretty clearly that gay love is a sin:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (New International Version):
9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Leviticus 18:22 (NIV):
22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
I also know there are some Christian churches that accept gay people. The Diocese of New Hampshire, an Episcopal Church, ordained an openly gay, non-celibate, Bishop, V. Gene Robinson, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Robinson.
Should someone who is gay be accepted by the Church? Would it make a difference if they admitted there were sexually attracted to a member of their same-sex, but remained celibate?
I am not Christian or gay. I have both Christian and gay friends. My perception is that the first rule(?) is that Jesus teaches us to love everyone. If we did not love sinners, we would have no one to love, since we are all sinners. I would expect that a devout Christian would be sad when a friend says they are gay. They would pray for their friend, and hope that someday their friend will realize their error.
My understanding is that for a devout Christian being gay, or from the standpoint of some Christians, thinking you are gay, being sexually attracted to someone of your own sex, is a temptation, like any other. Giving in to that temptation, gay sex, is the sin.
This is may favorite performance by a contemporary Christian singer:
Jennifer – Whole Again