Definitive Answers To Questions Christians have for other Christians, Part II.
Welcome back for the second installment of “Answers for ‘Questions Christians have for other Christians’”. The fact that you are reading this article implies that I did not offend you so much in the first article so as to scare you off. I’ll try harder in this one. 😋
In the first article I introduced the video, “Questions Christians have for other Christians” by Buzzfeed, and we examined a few of the sillier questions. In this edition we will take a closer look at some of the hidden tactics used in the video to communicate their message in a powerfully deceptive way.
There is a dangerous lie spreading through the church that in order to effectively reach the world for Christ, we must look like the world, talk like the world, dress like the world, and more or less imitate the world as much as possible so that we can be more likeable (please notice that I did not say “relevant”, because it is not really relevance that worldly Christians seek but rather avoiding rejection, because they love praise from people more than praise from God). The lie is this: if we want to reach the world, we must first become one with the world.
And this is truly at the core of this video. At face value, it appears to be a video all about terrible things that the church needs to fix or change, but when you shine the Light of God’s Word on the subject and compare each question to what Scripture says, it will become clear that they are not actually asking questions but are actually making statements. And these statements are made in the form of questions intentionally so that the listener feels he has to give an answer. And when he can’t answer right away, it generates the false assumption that the statement made in the question must be true. It’s a common debate technique and can be quite deceiving. And the statement behind the smoke screen is this: “Stop taking God’s Word literally and start embracing the things that the world values.”
Not following what I’m saying? Let’s take a look at a few more of their questions and you will see.
Why does the church consider LGBT christians as “less than”?
I don’t remember there being a demographic of people that Jesus saw as less than. Here is a good example: What is the statement being made here? Quite honestly, her language is slightly vague as it’s not entirely clear by her question what exactly she means by “less than.” “Less than what?” is the first question I would ask in order to gain clarity and know how to better answer the question. But from what I can gather from her tone of voice, choice of words, body language and slightly sassy attitude, as well as the sentence that followed, I think I can ascertain that she means that the church, as a whole, considers LGBT people who identify as “Christians” as a lesser form of Christian, or that Christians, as a whole, consider themselves as better than LGBT people. Either way, I think there is enough information conveyed to come to a reasonable conclusion about her general statement she is making: Christians in general all think they are better than LGBT people. Beside feeling quite judged by her judgement that all Christians judge LGBT people (hmmm, now that I think of it that seems a bit….ohhhh what’s the word…. hypocritical), I find some fatal flaws in her statement. She claims that Christians in general view LGBT “Christians” as less than. The truth is that true Christians, and the Bible, don’t consider LGBT “Christians” as less than anything. We, and the Bible, simply don’t consider them as Christians at all. Think about it. How can someone be sold out for Jesus and yet say “God, I repent of all my sin...except for that one sin you call an abomination… and I place all my trust in You for everything… except for anything having to do with not being gay.” That’s like a heart surgeon who refused to take a single gross anatomy class in med school. I’m sorry, but he’s not a surgeon. Look, I understand that there are Christians who have been saved out of that lifestyle and who still struggle from time to time with thoughts, feelings, and temptations. It’s not the temptations that are sin but rather it’s what you do with those temptations that is sin. Christians should be loving and sensitive to those who have escaped that lifestyle and who are in the process of sanctification, just like they are. People who practice heterosexual immorality will be punished too you know. But God does make it clear that homosexuality is a deadly trap and is an abomination before Him (Leviticus 18:22). The Scriptures make it clear all throughout the Bible that homosexuality will be judged by God. Therefore, if we simply smile and pretend it’s no problem, that would be like smiling at someone who is walking backwards towards a cliff instead of warning them to stop and turn around (i.e. repent) before it’s too late. Jesus showed grace to sinners who were humble, such as the woman caught in the act of adultery, and lovingly exhorted them to “go and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11) To sinners who were proud of heart, such as the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-26, He gave them the law so they could see their sin and have the chance to humble themselves. In both cases, Jesus addressed their sin and called them to repentance. We must do likewise, but this necessitates calling sin what it is… sin. If we keep avoiding addressing sin, in an effort to not offend people, we are actually doing WAY more harm than good because we are not warning them of the cliff that they are ever approaching (judgement). And that, my friends, simply is not loving.
So to conclude, true Christians should not see any LGBT person as less than themselves. But if Christians do not address their sin and call them to repent and trust in Jesus to save them, then it would be like an oncologist who, after seeing your MRI’s, tells you that your cancer is no big deal and not to worry about it. Would you ever go back to that doctor again? Would that be the right thing for him to do? Absolutely not. In fact, that doctor would deserve serious punishment for such malpractice.