A Facebook friend of mine posted a link on my page called “An Open Letter from Christians to Gay People.” I wrote “A Biblical Letter from Christians to Gay People” in response.
To all gay persons,
For the times when those who call themselves Christians have bullied, condemned, and cursed you, we repent. Please forgive us. Forgive us for setting homosexuality above other sexual sins (adultery, pre-marital sex, pornography, lust) because in almost every book of the Bible, God makes it clear that sexual purity is His goal for all believers. Forgive us for making it sound like you alone deserve hell. Because we all do. Forgive us for not recognizing the layers of brokenness that make up your life, like all our lives, and the impact that has had on you. Forgive us for not taking the time to listen. Forgive us if by rejecting your gender we have pushed you into an identity that goes against God’s will for His people. Forgive us for denouncing your sin while at the same time trying to protect and coddle our own pet sins. Christ has made you worthy of His love, and we cannot withhold our love from you and call ourselves His followers.
Jesus, I ask that you forgive me for bowing to social pressures. Forgive me for letting the media shape my view of sexuality rather than the innumerable references in the Bible to marriage being between one man and one woman, your hatred for all sex outside of marriage, and your clear commands to live a sexually pure life. Forgive me for not reaching out to those You love outside of the Body of Christ because I have been uncomfortable. Forgive me for not standing up for Your truth because I have been fearful of being called a bigot, uneducated, or homophobic. Forgive me for twisting the scriptures to make Your gospel look like a gospel of affirmation, rather than a gospel of transformation. You accept us as we are, but do not leave us as You found us. Jesus, by the power of Your Spirit, give us the perfect balance of grace and truth, and a love that transforms the world.
Christ, please help my attitude identical to Yours when a sexually immoral woman was brought before You: “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”