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God hates gay people. That’s how some Christian ‘activists’ and members of the Westboro Baptist Church in the US seem to interpret some Old  and New Testament passages on homosexuality and immoral behaviours:

  1. “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Leviticus 20:13)
     
  2. “Do you not know thatthe unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom ofGod? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, norhomosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Obviously, I am not suggesting that anyone should simply ignore the totality of the Bible picking only whatever suits them; but when it comes to homosexuality I am not convinced that Christians should condemn it as the WBC does, be it because of an individual’s sinful nature or a personal life-style choise, makes no difference. God hates the sin not the sinner.  Therefore, it is hard to agree with people demonstrating outside a funereal ceremony with banners reading “You Die, God laughs” or  “God hates fags”, because such statements have nothing to do with Christianity. In fact, they resemble more the sort of hate speech aimed at minority groups that, as we have witnessed through history, can have catastrophic consequences to all.

The scripture tells us that God wants all men to be saved, and Jesus himself declared that He didn’t come for the just but for the sinners. So how can we reconcile God’s message with such hatred charged speech of the Westboro Baptists? I am afraid we can’t. This is why I stick with the good old Catholic teaching on daily prayers for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of all souls.

But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18: 21-23

 

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