the room to confess their sins to their pastors and elders and not
unwittingly cause our brothers and sisters to stumble.”
Engaging in hospitality
Hospitality is a passion for Rosaria, and it is also the topic of
her upcoming book. “Hospitality is not some quaint art where
your teacups match. Hospitality is where you open the doors
wide open, because you recognize you have neighbours who are
dying of chronic loneliness, and such people will gravitate to
anything that fills that void. Our homes can be sanctuaries for
people.” In fact, she says, “The LGBT community values hospitality, and the skills I learned there I now use as a pastor’s wife.”
Standing on a biblical foundation in a hostile culture
Many Christians feel intimidated by the opposition they face
in our culture when they take a biblical stand on gender issues.
Rosaria said, “In some ways Obergefell2 was decided in the
worst possible way for Christians, because sexual orientation became a protected category of personhood under the
Supreme Court decision. So as Christians, on what grounds
can we deny that someone’s sexual orientation gives them
particular civil protections? The biblical ground is that there is
no such category of personhood as sexual orientation because
we believe Genesis 1: 27 is true.
“And here the evangelical church is its own worst enemy,
because I think many people in the church are embarrassed
about Genesis 1– 11. They’re embarrassed about literal 6-day
creation; they just think intelligent people shouldn’t go there.
Nevertheless, Christians are going to have to be articulate in
explaining and living out what it means to be an image bearer
of a holy God, one that rejects sexual orientation as a category
of personhood for something better.”
Lita has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and
an M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is the
full-time Information Officer for CMI-USA. For more: creation.com/cosner.
How to engage your homosexual neighbour: first steps
Many want to engage people in this area, and share the Gospel
with friends and family who identify as homosexual, but they
don’t know where to start. Rosaria suggests approaching this
subject in a gentle and caring manner. “We can all engage in
Gospel issues from the posture of good neighbours. A good
neighbour can’t support gay marriage, because that actually
puts a stumbling block between a fellow image-bearer and the
God who made him or her. Part of being a good neighbour is
also listening well. Many times people will ask me, ‘How do
I talk to my neighbours who identify as LGBT?’ But a better
question might be, ‘How can I listen so I know where they’re
“When we stop seeing homosexuality as a ‘special sin’ and
start viewing the issue through the lens of the Gospel, we can
start to engage in a more helpful way with our neighbours who
struggle with this issue. And when we see this as a creation issue,
we have a firm foundation for defending the biblical view of
gender and marriage.”
References and notes
youtube.com, April 2016.
2. Obergefell v. Hodges is the US Supreme Court decision (2015) that
legalized same-sex marriage in the US; creation.com/scotus, 2015.
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion of the first man,
Adam, against God’s command, brought death, suffering, and separation
from God into this world. We see the results all around us. All of Adam’s
descendants are sinful from conception (Psalm 51: 5) and have themselves
entered into this rebellion (sin). They therefore cannot live with a holy God,
but are condemned to separation from God. The Bible says that “all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23) and that all are
therefore subject to “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord
and from the glory of His power” ( 2 Thessalonians 1: 9).
But the good news is that God has done something about it. “For God
so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
Jesus Christ the Creator, God the Son, though totally sinless, took on human
nature, so He could become our Redeemer. Then He suffered, on behalf
of mankind, the penalty of mankind’s sin, which is death and separation
from God. He did this to satisfy the righteous demands of the holiness
and justice of God, His Father. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice; He died on
a cross, but on the third day, He rose again, conquering death, so that all
who truly believe in Him, repent (repentance = a change of mind) of their
sin and trust in Him (rather than their own merit), are able to come back
to God and live for eternity with their Creator.
Therefore: “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does
not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the
name of the only-begotten Son of God” (John 3: 18).
What a wonderful Saviour—and what a wonderful salvation in Christ
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