past the point of redemption?
Categories: Evangelism, Ministry, Prayer, Theology
I grew up having a mother who practiced homosexuality. My parents were divorced when I was six-years-old after my mother bore three children in an effort to prove to her parents that she was heterosexual. Her plan failed, as she couldn’t “fake it until she made it.” My heart was burdened for my mother and her salvation.
Ever since I was a young girl, people practicing homosexuality has weighed heavily on my heart. I have noticed that most Christians seem to view them as past the point of redemption, as if that were even possible. And this breaks my heart because isn’t this the same gospel we all cling to? The same gospel that makes us blameless before God because on our own we are inadequate and fallen? It is extremely difficult for me to understand why people view this sin as worse than any other sexual sin, i.e. pornography and premarital sex. I do, however, understand the perpetual cycle of how one may be living in and experience a lack of conviction towards their sin. Throughout my college career, I knew several people who experienced zero conviction while having sex outside of marriage. I would often see and hear Christians talking to the promiscuous and sharing the hope that they know and believe in through Christ, but I see the same Christians flee from those practicing homosexuality rather than professing that hope to them.
How will a person identifying with homosexuality ever know the truth of the Gospel if all they see and experience are Christians making eye contact with them then quickly looking away and hustling off? They won’t. We have to meet them where they are. Jesus responds to the Pharisees in Matthew 9:11-13, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? But when [Jesus] heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physicians, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” If we are not loving sinners, they will never know the true message of Jesus Christ. Instead, they experience a watered down, loveless, judgmental gospel as they see Christians run from them in distaste so they, in turn, run to their sin for comfort.
I believe we all have sins that we have justified to the point of quieting our conviction so that we can no longer identify our own perpetual sin. My challenge for you, and myself included, is to pray for the Lord to search your heart. Ask God to point out the sin that we have so wrongly justified. Ask Him to show you the way out that He has provided, and we have ignored. Pray for God to soften your heart to those who are living in a lifestyle of sin. Pray for boldness and pray for opportunities to love those that Jesus came to save.