Recently I had lunch with the pastor of the local Methodist church. The subject of homosexuality came up as it is a big point of contention these days within the Methodist church. Some believe homosexuality is a sin, while others do not. Generally, those that believe it is a sin don’t think homosexuals should serve in an official capacity within the church — hence the contention.
The pastor asked me what I thought about homosexuality. I said I would tell him but first I wanted to share a story. Rather than look at people, I generally find it better to look at the Savior. So, in the 8th chapter of John’s Gospel, there is a story about a woman taken in adultery. The Pharisees, always wanting to trick or trap Jesus, brought the woman to him. They said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The Law of Moses says she should be stoned. What say you?” Jesus’ answer is a classic. He said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Gradually, as people reflected on their own life, they realized they had all sinned. They dropped their stones and slowly walked away. Jesus then turns to the woman and says, “Where are your accusers? Does no one condemn you?” She replies, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus says the most incredible thing. He says. “Neither do I condemn you. Now go and sin no more.” Now wait a minute!! This is the Big “A”. This is one of the Big 10 “Thou Shalt Not’s”! Jesus doesn’t condemn her for breaking one of the 10 commandments?
No, Jesus loves this woman and has compassion. He condemns her sin, but He doesn’t condemn her. And He doesn’t condemn us either. He condemns the sin but loves the sinner. The Bible says that we have all sinned, and we all fall short of the glory of God. What Jesus was really telling the crowd was this, “Don’t condemn others just because they sin differently than you.”
If the woman in this story had been brought to Jesus because she was a lesbian, the story would have been the same. Jesus would still have said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” And He still would have said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.
Homosexuals need a Savior. Heterosexuals need a Savior. You and I need a Savior. Jesus loves us all, and condemns our sin, but not us sinners. So, we need to love each other as Jesus loves us. We need to be careful about what we say about people that Jesus died for. God alone, holy and without sin, is the Eternal Judge of all sin, not us.
I personally believe the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. But if Jesus doesn’t condemn them, neither do I. We’re all sinners. We’re all in the same boat and all of us need a Savior!