Listening to the interminable, wearying back and forth between proponents of “gay marriage” and their Culture War adversaries, I’m struck that neither “side” wants to acknowledge the whole truth. “Jesus wouldn’t condemn gays” is always met with “The Bible says homosexual intercourse is sin.”
It’s true. The Bible does say homosexual intercourse is sin. No two ways about it. And Jesus would not condemn a person who engages in same-sex intercourse.
Consider, for example, the story about the religious legalists bringing to Jesus the woman caught in sexual sin. Jesus did not condemn her, though she clearly had committed a capital sin under Moses’ law. Indeed, rather than condemn, he forgave her.
But Jesus also told her, in a voice filled with the greatest love, to “go and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11)
Sexual sin may be the defining idolatry of our age. It simultaneously indulges our selfishness and applies a fleeting pseudo-salve to our sexual brokenness. Those who would follow Jesus must follow his example in living out his sexuality — valuing spiritual intimacy far more highly than the physical. We also must reflect the amazing balance of love and truth he struck in his interactions with sinners.
We must “speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)