Why does it seem as though Christians are obsessed with the LGBT community, and appear to ignore and/or even condone, other forms of sinful behavior?
Short answer: They aren’t.
Though I will admit that certain segments of the Christian population will view homosexuality as the worst kind of sin (it isn’t), the rational ones will understand that all of us have fallen short and are in need of a savior.
Still, the question posed to Christians often is, why not focus on the divorce, and adultery, and heterosexual immortality inside the church and leave the rest of us alone?
That’s a valid point.
Divorce is now seen as normal and commonplace despite it being expressly forbidden in the Bible. And while I agree that the global church has failed to some extent in addressing such a crucial issue, there’s an important factor to be considered.
Are divorce activist groups putting pressure on Christians to alter their beliefs? Are divorced couples suing cake bakers, or demanding Christians be silent, labeling them bigots, and attempting to change laws to restrict religious freedom?
Adultery is becoming more accepted in society, there are even websites facilitating it. But there aren’t too many vocal adultery advocates challenging the church to be more inclusive.
For all we know, those things may be happening to a lesser extent and we don’t hear about it. But it’s nearly impossible to ignore the public pressure placed on churches and Christians to change their belief system in regards to same-sex marriage and transgenderism.
I freely acknowledge that there have been mistakes and missteps on the part of the global church in regards to moral and cultural issues. And it still happens now.
But it’s unnerving to see our right to believe being taken away, while others rights are protected. It’s unsettling to live in fear over preaching what the Bible says, or risk losing our children over what we choose to teach them in the privacy of our own homes.
You cannot expect that there won’t be any push-back under those circumstances.
Calling someone mentally ill, or inherently evil, because they have no knowledge of God, is perhaps the biggest misstep of them all. Have we as Christians become so focused on the behavior, that we forget there is a soul behind it? The war between “us and them” has put back the divide that Jesus aimed to mend.
That said, we can’t stop people from living in their own depravity if they decide they’re content in doing so. Only the transforming power of the Spirit of God can change a heart. Question is, are we telling them about that power? Are we giving them an opportunity to know Jesus? Or have we fallen into the trap of Jonah, where we begin to believe that some people simply aren’t worthy of God’s mercy.
2 Timothy 2:25-26 puts it this way:
“Opponents must be gently instructed in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will”.
In an attempt to save the world, we must be careful that it doesn’t become more about saving ourselves are less about seeing others saved.
Christians absolutely need to get their own house in order, but allowing a perishing world to continue perishing is something we simply cannot afford to do.