Love and Sin (“New” is the Ultimate “Good”)

Derek Ouellette —  December 8, 2011

I read a challenging article recently. Not that I agree with everything in it. But it was challenging, emotive, motivating, risk taking and world-view shaking. The punch-line for me, the lesson I think many of us, and the “us” includes me, need to learn is this:

“I know there are many here who believe that living a homosexual life is a sin.


But, what does that have to do with love?

I repeat… what does that have to do with love?

Come on. Don’t we understand? Don’t we get it? To put our arm around someone who is gay, someone who has an addiction, somebody who lives a different lifestyle, someone who is not what we think they should be… doing that has nothing to do with enabling them or accepting what they do as okay by us. It has nothing to do with encouraging them in their practice of what you or I might feel or believe is wrong vs right.

It has everything to do with being a good human being. A good person. A good friend.

That’s all.” (Here)

Well, like I said, I don’t agree with everything about the article. Case in point, that’s not all. It’s not just about being a good friend, a good person, a good human being. That is because good is not good enough. When Christ went to the outcast, he didn’t do it to make good people. He did it to make new people. God’s not in the business of making this world good, per se. He’s in the business of making this world new (See the scriptures, Revelation 21:5).

Of course, new is the ultimate good.

When the Bible envisions the consummation of this story we’re in, it envisions “all things new”, and in that, it envisions all things in a perfectly good state.

But isn’t that what the Kingdom of God is all about? Every time Jesus extended his hand to an outcast, wasn’t that Kingdom work? Wasn’t that how the Kingdom of God was breaking forth into this world? We call that “good”. The New Testament calls that “new“.

The good without the new just isn’t good enough. The world can be pretty good at good. In a way, willingly or unwillingly, when those who don’t know the Way do the things of the Way, they are doing Kingdom work. I’m not suggesting that they are a part of the Kingdom though, because the Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

What I am wondering is why the world can be so darn good at doing Kingdom work sometimes – like, for example, loving the gay person – while the people of God who are called a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) fail at precisely this point.

Just wondering introspectively.

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  • Wendy Hedrick

    Love The Person… Hate the Sin!! I have always said that. It is the same as with our Rebellious Children….
    I Love You but… Hate what you are doing!!! “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” After all are they not also God’s Rebellious Children?

  • Tricia

    I’ve heard the “Love the person, hate the sin” argument my whole life, but have yet to see it ethically practiced. If all sin is equal then why are people who claim to be Christians so much more opposed to homosexuality than lying, exploitation or selfishness? This whole hierarchy of sins makes me uncomfortable, but the reality is we all have our personal take on this. I mean I’m much more comfortable being friends and loving people who are in same-sex relationships than I am with extreme capitalists who are willing to exploit everyone in their way for a profit… So when I read the post you’re referring to, that was the lesson I took from it. Learning to love your enemy, regardless of who you perceive that to be. It’s a challenge…

  • Brenneth

    I don’t believe that being a homosexual is a sin. They never ask for it, it is inborn. They never choose to be one, but it’s in it. I respect that they can fall in love with same sex, but I can’t deny the fact that I don’t support it.