Homosexuality, gay rights, and the redefinition of marriage are all touchy subjects. How should a Christian respond?
First off, God defined marriage in Genesis 2:24 as between a man and a woman. Jesus Himself reaffirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6, “And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (NASB) Jesus is quite clear God joins together a man and woman in a monogamous relationship for marriage.
In regards to homosexuality, the Bible sees the actions associated with it as sinful and unnatural. Romans 1:26-27 states, “For this reason God gave them [those that suppress God’s existence] over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” It is obvious the “degrading passions” and “unnatural” functions are referring to homosexual acts.
With that being said, Christians must approach this issue with wisdom and peace. We resist the LGBTQ agenda with courage and don’t compromise biblical truths. However, when engaging with homosexuals, we reach out with truth and grace. We show compassion and explain that we have all sinned and need to be redeemed. The Bible is clear homosexuality is a sin and one must repent of it, but we also illustrate how God offers forgiveness, peace, and a new life through Jesus Christ. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (Jn. 3:17)