It’s October. The scariest day of the year happens this month, and all my Christian friends seem to be getting ready for it with position statements on blogs and Facebook. Ready to argue how we should respond as a culture of believers to this day that stands for so much that so many of us believe is evil. Not all of us, however, believe it to be evil. Some of us enjoy it and some Christians even observe it one way or another.
October 11. National Coming Out Day. The day that people tell friends, families and co-workers that they are homosexual, bisexual, intersexed, transgendered.
I always want to hide in a box between October 1 and October 20th or so, because I just can’t handle all the pinhead angel dance debates about “exactly how bad is homosexuality” and “gluttony is a sin too but fat people aren’t kicked out of church” and “if you are against homosexuality you should also make your wife move to a tent in the backyard when she’s having her period” and “Jesus Himself never actually said that homosexuality was bad” and “it says in Romans and Corinthians that it’s a sin” and “But that’s Paul, not Jesus.”
It’s all so NOSY. So BOSSY. So SNOTTY. Because what it amounts to is a bunch of people sitting around trying to figure out who gets to be the worst person in the room. It’s like Blackwell’s Worst Dressed list, except for sin. “I may have a problem with cheating on my taxes but at least I’m not GAY!!”
Last year, at the request of a non-Christian friend who had a friend or relative (can’t recall exactly) planning on coming out to strict Christian parents I wrote a position paper on A Christian Response To Homosexuality. I tried my level best to distill all the Biblical themes and teaching on the matters of Sin, Grace and Redemption. So just in case anyone is wondering: here’s the short version.
Oh, and before I start–what I say here goes for absolutely everything. I am no longer in to debating whether or not something is a sin. I see that happen a lot on various blogs. Is a woman preaching a sin? Is sleeping with your dog in your bed a sin? It’s a sport that I strive to no longer engage in on any level. Here’s why:
1. As Christians we are called to present the Gospel of Grace and Salvation.
2. We individuals do not have the gift or the power of judgement over eternal sin. Some individuals ARE called to serve in the justice system and preside over earthly transgressions. But not one of us is empowered to determine the eternal fate of another. Christ expressly teaches the exact opposite.
3. The job of the Holy Spirit is to convict each individual on his or her earthly walk. This applies not only to “stop that sin” but also “do this or that Christlike behaviour”. Perfecting the walk.
I could sit around all day and make lists of Sins and Good Deeds and buy boxes of gold stars to hand out to people. All that does is waste my time, because whether or not I say something is a sin DOES NOT MATTER. My opinion or interpretation of scripture or call from God in no way changes the nature of sin or the nature of redemption.
As I’m overly fond of saying:
I KEEP MY EYES ON MY OWN PAPER.
As fun as it can be to play Judge Judy, I just don’t think it’s healthy for anyone. And that applies year-round, every day, every sin and every situation.
Is homosexuality a sin? Not my call.