A person’s religious beliefs directly affect Living the Christian Life.
Many behaviors are proscribed in scripture as counter to God’s commands and His good plan for us. Some behaviors are a substitute for a love for God, or they are detrimental to self, to others, or to your Christian testimony. Although the church loves to ‘select’ which sins they emphasize as particularly offensive, many sins are ignored or glossed over by the church since so many Christians are guilty of them (you know which ones in your life because God keeps convicting you, right?). Instead, we point to ‘those other people’ – but not us – as particularly unacceptable to God . Of course nothing could be farther from the truth, since Jesus came to save ‘sinners’, and He scandalized the religious of the day by loving them and associating with them (us!). Of course He also helped them to repent, and forgave them, and He cleansed them, and enabled them to “turn from sin”. ‘Turning away’ from their sin wasn’t a “Prerequisite” of His love for them and his forgiveness; but rather it was a “Result” of His forgiveness and empowerment.
Homosexual behavior is a relatively recent controversy for the Christian church. The Bible is actually very clear in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that homosexual behavior is unacceptable to God (as is all ungodly behavior with no distinction). In fact, it is a contradiction to God’s creation (as is all sin). The controversy comes in with how the church is to deal with those in this ‘practice’ of Christians whose lives are in contradiction of Scriptural Teaching (doctrines).
Many Christians, Pastors, and other Christian workers attempt to separate their “Doctrine” from Christian Living; or, they ignore biblical ‘doctrine’ entirely in the name of “love”. They attempt to ‘excuse’ unscriptural behavior out of ‘Compassion’ for the person “in the circumstances”, or they say that they are applying ‘Grace‘, or they even attempt a different ‘Interpretation’ to allow homosexual behavior. All such attempts are untenable with a straight-forward reading of applicable scriptures. There are plenty of web sites that detail the scriptural references that clearly show that homosexuality is not God’s plan. Likewise there are plenty of scriptures that detail other sin patterns that God condemns.
While it’s true that a person who struggles with “Same Sex Attraction (SSA)” needs strength” and “godly Christian support” to live according to their Christian confession, changing the interpretation or application of scripture to ‘excuse’ or ‘allow’ unscriptural behavior is a different issue altogether. This sinful behavior is no different from any other sinful behavior (or personal weaknesses) in the sense that the person needs repentance and sanctification, not acceptance of their sin.
I sure hope that Christians will love me and help me with my own sin patterns. There are plenty of Christian ministries that help others with their particular sin patterns (we know who we are, don’t we?), and those who struggle should accept the love and support from these ministries.
Helping others to live Godly lives in accordance with God’s Word is our responsibility when others are struggling with bad situations. But, we do them a disservice if we excuse “ungodly” and ‘unbiblical’ behavior. Jesus forgives any sin, but then exhorts us to “Go and sin no more”; and the Holy Spirit empowers us to live Godly lives when we turn to the Lord for our strength. Loving Christians should love those caught in any sin pattern, and when they turn to Jesus for forgiveness and power we must love them and help them
None of us can live Godly lives in our own strength. We must accept God’s forgiveness and His empowerment for Godly living, and stop making excuses for ourselves and for others.