The Left reflexively plays the hate card when dealing with LGBTQ issues. Sadly, too many Bible-believing people fall prey to the trick and it silences them. But it isn’t just about love and hate, but about truth and lies and right and wrong.
Consider these four possibilities:
1. You believe homosexual behavior is a sin and you share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
2. You believe homosexual behavior is a sin and you do not share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
3. You believe homosexual behavior is a not a sin and you share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
4. You believe homosexual behavior is not a sin and you do not share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
Before you can talk of love and hate, you’d need to understand right and wrong — or at least the perception of it by those in question.
Options 1 and 3 would be be acting in love (defined in the sense of having people’s long-term best interests at heart and not in the worldly sense of pampering people). Options 2 and 4 would be acting out of hate, or at least selfishness or indifference.
So it if you think homosexual behavior is a sin and don’t speak the truth, then you are acting hatefully — even if you were wrong in assessing the Bible (which you wouldn’t be).
The Bible couldn’t be more clear. Even non-Christians and two out of the three types of pro-gay theologians can see these truths:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
So even in some bizarre hypothetical where the Bible actually supported homosexual behavior and Leviticus, Romans, all the verses on parenting and marriage, etc. stated the opposite of what they do, it wouldn’t be hateful to describe LGBTQ behavior as sinful. It would only be hate if someone “knew” the Bible said homosexual behavior was acceptable and taught otherwise.
In the same way, it is loving to remove false teachers from the church when they are advancing falsehoods with pro-gay theology. It is a virtue to protect people.
And it would be un-loving to reject people just because they struggle with a sin that isn’t a temptation for you. If people recognize that homosexual behavior is a sin and aren’t teaching the opposite, they should be welcomed in church. You should be willing to pray for them and be friends with them.
The hate card assumes motives and judges the hearts of others. In some cases it is probably accurate to define people as haters, such as with Democrat Fred Phelps and his “church.” But it is a cheap trick to use it against everyone you disagree with — and especially right after all your other arguments have been exposed as faulty.
The real haters are those that know what the Bible really says yet value their own popularity over the physical, emotional and spiritual health of others. They would rather be politically correct than tell you the truth. That’s love of self, not love of others.
The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.
Also see Responding to Pro-Gay Theology.