Third and final blog on the topic, A minister and a rabbi walk into a lesbian wedding. . .
We talked about the initial attack: “God judged Sodom and Gomorrah and he will judge gay people the same way.” [Read it here.] Then the counter-attack: “God made Adam and Eve. The rest of the world was populated by incest.” [Read it here.]
Now for the finale: “Gay people are going to hell!” For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that the ones who say this mean all LGBT people.
If you don’t believe in a literal hell, you aren’t concerned over who will end up there, so I won’t go into whether or not hell exists.
I’m a Christian. As a Christian, I believe the words of Jesus. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Not whoever lives an acceptable lifestyle.
Not whoever goes to church.
Not whoever lives in a straight, monogamous marriage.
According to Jesus, LGBT people who believe in him will not perish, but have eternal life.
It’s pretty simple, really. Jesus divided all people of the world into two categories, and it wasn’t gay and straight. He said, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:17-18
Two categories of people that Jesus recognized:
1. whoever believes in him–not condemned
2. whoever does not believe in him–condemned already, because they have not believed
Eternal life comes through faith. While some people are nicer than others, we all have it in us to do the wrong thing. Because no one is righteous, God counts our faith as righteousness. “What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’. . . to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” Romans 4:3-5
Whether you are gay or straight, think about which category you fit in. Are you among those who believe in Jesus and are not condemned? Or are you among those who do not believe and stand condemned already–not because of lifestyle, but because of unbelief?
You can talk to God in the privacy of your own thoughts. You can choose to believe in his mercy. If you do, by the authority of God’s word, you will not perish, but you will have eternal life. No matter what anyone else says about you.
January 29, 2012–This post was edited by the writer to make it easier to understand.