This is a question that has been often asked to me over the last couple of years. It is a question that is relevant to today's culture and society. It is often the case that those who call themselves Christians say mean-spirited, hateful things about homosexuals. And it is often the case that homosexuals falsely accuse all Christians who oppose homosexuality of being homophobes.
I know several people who are homosexuals and they struggle with knowing if God loves them or not. It's, also, a hard discussion to have because I believe both sides (Christians and Homosexuals) get a false stereotype based on a few minority who act/react differently than the majority. So, how can we approach this subject/idea/question?
First, Christians must behave and react in a manner that reflects and represents Christ in their words and actions. Just because someone calls themselves a Christian, does not mean they always represent Christ in their life. Second, if a person is offended by a statement does not always mean that statement is full of hate or mean-spirited.
So, with this in mind, let's establish a biblical truth that will provide a foundation to the discussion on the question, "Does God Love Homosexuals?"
For anyone who has read through the bible, you understand that there is an overarching theme of LOVE within the pages of scriptures. God is love and through His love He desires that everyone will be saved.
"For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:6-8
You see, God showed His love to us, even while we were sinners. Also, In one of the most well-known “love” verses in the Bible, Jesus said:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” - John 3:16
God’s love for the lost world was shown before the lost believed in Jesus. John further explained this situation when he wrote:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
From these verses it is clear that God loves lost sinners, and proved that love by sending Jesus. God loves all people, even though people are sinners.
God's love extends to all sinners and to all types of sin. God loves the murderers, the adulterers, the thieves, the lustful, the hypocrites, the gossipers. God even loves those who curse, who are abusive, and those who are self-righteous. God loves you and God loves me! God loves sinners.
We can all agree that God loves each of us; however, the part where we may disagree on is whether homosexuality is a sin. when we look to the Bible, we can see that homosexuality is a sin. God approves of only one relationship which includes sexual activity between one man and one woman in a committed, covenant marriage. If the idea that homosexuality is a sin comes across as offensive, there is simply nothing a Christian can say or do to change that. (see Butt, 2012)
If we agree that homosexuality is a sin, we have to ask the question, "What is God’s attitude toward those who practice it?" All you have to do is look at Jesus' death on the cross to find the answer. Sin breaks God’s heart, because He loves all humans that He created (John 3:16). God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), and He insists that sinners, for their own sake, need to turn away from their sins and come to Him (Acts 2:38). God loves those who practice homosexuality just as much as He loves those who misrepresent His teaching with mean-spirited, hateful language.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. 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. - I Corinthians 6:9-11
When we read these verses, we realize that Paul makes a list of certain actions that he calls sinful. Paul, also, states that these actions will cause a person to not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. But wait, there is hope! In verse 11, we see that The Corinthians admitted they were sinning, changed their sinful ways, and turned to the God Who loves them and died for them. God requires this repentance from everyone.
If God loves all sinners, then, as Christians, we must take on the same attitude. We must develop a genuine love for each and develop the same attitude that God has shown to us. What does this mean? If we are following Christ, we will not only love homosexuals but other sinners, as well. We will develop a deep genuine concern for each other to want what is best for one another.
I want you to understand that, as a Christian, we point out that homosexuality is sin. This is not to be homophobic or mean-spirited, but out of a love for one another's souls. We understand that each and every soul is very important and precious. The only loving course is to explain to one another with a gentle and kind spirit that we are living in sin in the hopes that this person will repent and get to live forever in our eternal home that has been promised to those who follow God and His commandments.
So, Does God love homosexuals? Asking this question can be like asking, "Does God love someone who looks at pornography?" or "Does God love someone who commits adultery?" The answer is YES every single time! Don't believe me? Look back to the cross and realize that not only did God love us, but Jesus Christ (God's son) was sacrificed for us!
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Butt, Kyle (2012), “‘Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexuality,’” Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1627&topic=36.
Butt, Kyle (2015), "'Does God Love Homosexuals,'" Apologetics Press, https://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=7&article=5115&topic=36