When people say Jesus is anti-gay or anti-gays … what do they mean?

Do they mean Jesus instructs violence toward gays? Do they mean Jesus forbids interaction with gays? Do they mean Jesus teaches that they be denied the common provisions from God?

If this is what they mean by saying Jesus is anti-gay … then they are wrong.

If, however, what they mean is Jesus doesn’t approve of their sexual activity … Jesus is against their sexual choice … then yes, this is exactly what Jesus is against.

However, the problem with this statement is that it is much too narrow. Jesus isn’t just anti gays; he’s anti child molesters, adulterers, and the sexually depraved. He is also anti liars, slanderers and gossips. Add to these, Jesus is anti the arrogant, the insolent, the greedy and the disobedient. Jesus is also anti thieves, perpetrators of domestic violence, those uncontrolled in their anger, murderers and religious hypocrites.

But all these are the out-workings of a common sickness … an ailment common to all mankind … a sickness God calls SIN. It is because of this sickness that Jesus died on a cross and was raised to life again.

During his life on earth Jesus said “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

You see Jesus came for sinners, to liberate them from their sin.

When a woman was about to be stoned for adultery Jesus stepped into the midst of the crowd and said “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” As a result they all left.

Jesus then said “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. Then said Jesus “…neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:7, 10-11)

Jesus is against lives of sin. But Jesus died that we might have a way out of our bondage to sin … the way of forgiveness through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Have you asked forgiveness for your sin? Have you left your sin? Or is Jesus still against you because your refuse to acknowledge your sin?

Colin Grant
Christian Reformed Church of Wollongong