**Note: This is a sensitive topic. People have differing opinions and each opinion should be respected. The basic premise of this blog post is that we should not be cruel to one another.
To those in the LGBTQ community,
On behalf of the Christians who have hurt you, who have made you feel less than, who have hurled insults at you… I apologize. You do not deserve to be treated of that way. Please do not associate that behavior with Jesus, because Jesus was not like that. At all.
As a follower of Jesus, I recognize several things:
Jesus did not discriminate.
For example, let us discuss the woman at the well. In John 4, Jesus approaches a Samaritan woman sitting by a well. Something important to note is that most people did not venture to the well at this time of day because of the heat. Most people visited the well in the mornings or in the evenings. In fact, the only reason Jesus was even at the well during this time of day was that he had been traveling and became tired. The Samaritan woman had been judged for her relationship choices, thus causing her to avoid people in her community.
The first thing I want to point out occurs in John 4:9, which reads, “The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” At this time, Jews did not associate with Samaritans. Jesus did not discriminate against where this woman came from.
Shortly after, Jesus asks her to call for her husband and the Samaritan woman admits she has no husband. In John 4:17-18, Jesus says, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” Jesus did not hurl insults at this woman or condemn her for relationships.
Following this scene, Jesus uses the Samaritan woman to spread faith that He is the Messiah to many Samaritans.
Jesus used a woman who was viewed negatively by society to spread faith in Him. Jesus did not discriminate.
Jesus did not cast stones.
In John 8, we read about the woman who had been caught in adultery. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees wanted to stone this woman for her actions.
When they asked Jesus if he thought they should stone the woman, Jesus replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). The people who had been adamant about stoning the woman walked away from the scene. John 8:10-11 reads: “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
In this scene, we are shown Jesus’ compassion. Rather than passing immediate judgement on this woman and casting a stone at her, Jesus focused on the fact that we are all imperfect and flawed. He focused on the premise that if we are to cast a stone at one person for their sin, we must all have stones cast at us for our many sins.
This concept leads me into my third point.
Jesus warned us not to judge others.
Matthew 7 paints the picture that I am trying to show you. It reads, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
How can we, as followers of Jesus, condemn a member of the LGBTQ community and choose to avoid recognizing our sin? How can we allow ourselves to feel “more righteous” than them?
Moreover, what is it going to take for us to realize that we are all God’s children and we are all loved?
You have the choice to agree or disagree with an individual’s behavior, but that does not mean that anyone should hurl insults, post cruel messages to them online, or engage in any other harmful behaviors.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and have been hurt by a Christian, please remember that person does not depict who Jesus is. If you have any questions about Jesus, please reach out! Contact me via Instagram or Facebook. I’d love to chat!
A woman who loves Jesus and people in the LGBTQ community.