As I sit here typing these words to you, my heart is heavy. It is heavy because I am afraid that so many of you have been told many things by people who have a mean spirit. I can only imagine the pain that it causes you to hear insults hurled at you from every direction, for this, I am deeply sorry. I have sat and listened to so much being said about you, I finally decided that it was time for me to say something. Here is what I really want to say to you:
1. God Loves you.
One thing that makes my blood pressure boil more than anything is to hear “Christians” talk to you or about you like you are worthless. Allow me to assure you that you are not. You are very precious in the sight of God. Genesis 1:27 informs us that God created all of us in His image. What this means is that God loves you, and has given you a higher honor than any animal, or anything else that was created. God loves mankind (all of us) enough to give us such a great honor. Please do not let anyone ever tell you that God hates you.
John 3:16 which is one of the most well known verses in all of the Bible states “for God so loved the world..” Notice the scripture didn’t say “for God so loved His disciples” or “for God so loved preachers” or.. You get the idea. God loves us all. That includes you.
2. God wants you to be in heaven.
Not only does God love you, but God wants you to be in heaven. The reason that Jesus came to this earth, and died on the cross is so that all of us would have an opportunity to escape our sinfulness and dwell with him in heaven.
Have you spent much time thinking about heaven?
- Heaven is a place that Jesus is preparing for those who are obedient to Him (John 14)
- Heaven is a place where you will never cry again (Revelation 21:4)
- Heaven is a place where everything is new (Revelation 21:5)
- Heaven is a place where you can abide in the presence of God (Revelation 21:3)
- Heaven is a place where valuable things such as gold are so worthless that they use them for you to walk on. (Revelation 21:21)
- Heaven is a place that you can finally find rest. (Matthew 11:28)
The most humbling thought of all is what we read in 2 Peter 3:9 which tells us that God doesn’t want anyone of us to perish. This tells us that God wants you in heaven, He wants me. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
3. You are a sinner.
Since the Bible tells me that God made you in His image, and that He loves you enough to send His son to die, AND that He wants you to be in Heaven, I love you as well.
This past 4th of July my 3 year old daughter came up to me holding a large firework and asked me to light it for her. I went to take it from her hands and she began to scream “No daddy! Light it in my hands!” So, wanting her to be happy I lit the fuse and as the rocket shot toward the sky so did my daughter, sailing toward the moon with a smile on her face.. NOT!
What kind of a Father would I be if I did that? I talked to her about the dangers that would put her in, and made her let go and back away before I lit it for her. I want you to know that your Heavenly Father loves you in this same way. He would never let you do something dangerous without warning you of the danger.
Romans 3:23 tells us that all of us are sinners. That’s right, all of us. This means that you and I have the same problem, we are sinners. You may sin differently than me. I may struggle with things that you don’t struggle with, but they are still sins. Because I love you, I must tell you that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin (what we deserve because we are sinners) is death. Eternal death. What a terrifying thought! I am so grateful that the verse doesn’t end there! It continues on to say that the gift of God is eternal life. Meaning that even though we are sinners, God will still give us an opportunity (even though we do not deserve it) to have eternal life with Him in heaven.
The Bible has much to say about homosexuality. I would encourage you to look at 1 Timothy 1:10. I would also encourage you to look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 where homosexuals are addressed (along with other sinners) as people who will not be in heaven. I would encourage you to focus your minds on verse 11 where Paul writes “and such WERE some of you” which tells us that even the earliest church had members who were homosexuals, but overcame that temptation. If they could overcome it, so can you. You are strong, because God has made you in His image.
4. You, like me, must repent.
I told you that God loves you. I told you that God wants you in heaven. I told you that you (like me) are a sinner.
Now I must talk about repentance. Repentance is a fancy way of saying “you need to change.” For an example, If I steal things, and I decide I want to become a Christian, I cannot simply say “I’m a Christian” and continue on with my life. The Bible teaches that we must repent. In other words I have to stop stealing! If I am a liar, I must stop lying. If I watch pornography, I must stop. If I am having an affair, I must stop. If I have hatred in my heart, I must put it away. If I am neglecting good things that I know I need to do, I must stop neglecting and start doing. If I am a homosexual, I must stop that sin as well.
Your real enemy is Satan. Satan has one goal, he wants to destroy your soul (1 Peter 5:8) Satan will tell you that you cannot change. Satan will tell you that the church doesn’t want you. Satan will tell you can’t be forgiven. Satan will even tell you that there is nothing to be forgiven from, because homosexuality is normal and ok. I need you to know that Satan lies (John 8:44)
I want you to know that I love you. Even though the world, the media, and maybe even some people you know who profess to be Christians will try to beat you down and bash you because your sin is different than theirs, I will pray for you. I will pray that you will have the strength to overcome the things that temp you. I would love to visit with you, study with you, and help you overcome sin. The truth is, I will probably need you to help me overcome some things in my life as well. I want you to be in heaven with me.
I would like to close with this passage that we looked at earlier in 2 Peter 3:9-” The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Not only does this passage tell us that God fulfills His promises, it also tells us that God wants you and I to be in heaven. However the Bible is also clear that in order for us to not perish… we must repent. Won’t you join me on this walk with God? I am not perfect, I am a sinner, like you. Let us join ourselves together in Christ and help each other fight temptation so that one day, we will be in Heaven.