Our Love

Many of the students in the film expressed a feeling of pain that came from a lack of love shown by the people surrounding them in the church. That kind of behavior is wrong. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ we are commanded to love one another.

Mark 12:30-31

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Notice that love is not optional. Love is a commandment given by our beloved Savior. We must love homosexuals as much as we must love any person; those who are openly and actively practicing as well as those who simply struggle with the temptations surrounding it.

We must be careful with the application of this concept. This does not mean acceptance of their chosen path. Let me give an example of righteous love concerning homosexuality:

I will never forget watching two sisters pull each other into a desperate embrace as they found out a third sister had openly chosen a life of homosexuality. The anguish was palpable. They rocked with sobs as they thought of their little sister who had chosen to abdicate her covenants for a life that held nothing but sorrow and heartache. They understood that the consequences of her decisions could alter her course for eternity, and they were heartbroken at the thought of it. My heart still groans within me at that memory.

These women felt so much anguish because they love their sister with all their hearts and they will always love her for all eternity, regardless of the path she chooses to take.

So then how do we respond with deep and sincere love for the person with homosexual inclinations without accepting the sin they grapple with?

I believe that the first thing we must always remember is that our purpose is to assist in overcoming, just as we  would react to any other harmful temptation such as alcoholism, pornography addiction etc. The solution will be situational but working with Bishops, parents, and daily communion with God will be universal in the repentance process.

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