Posted by: Justin Wallace | October 8, 2010

Question of the (fri)Day

What is our (campus ministers) response to homosexuality?

How do we respond to the growing belief that this is not a sin (even among some of our leaders)?

How do we love while still calling sin, sin?

This is a very sensitive issue right now. One that we cannot ignore. We must talk about it and decide how we’re going to respond. I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

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Responses

  1. Justin,

    I think the answer is clear. The Bible very clearly speaks out against homosexual behavior and calls it a sin…so, so should we.

    However, we should do this with love. We should be sure that we are actually friends and that we have developed a TRUE frendship with those who are struggling with this sin before we try to help lead them on a path of repentance.

    Ultimately we have to ask ourselves the question…”Do we just want this person to think I’m right?” Or “do I want them to see that Jesus has a better way for their life?”

    It is also crucial that we help those who are caught in this perpetual sin to see that we recognize that we are sinners too.

    The answer to the argument (that I can see coming in this forum) about…”well sin is sin..and if the Homosexual sins by their homosexual behavior today and I lust after a woman today as a heterosexual man…then we have both just sinned and these things are equal”…the answer to this flawed argument is…true repentance vs. just saying well I will continue in sin knowing that what I am doing is wrong. There is a big difference.

    The bottom line, we need to love people and be real with them, develop relationships with them and help them see Jesus has a better way for their life, if they will repent and “go and sin no more.”

  2. Wow. You asked…I’ll tell. Back in the mid-90s when I was a campus pastor at Appalachian State University (Go Apps!), a new campus group was formed called “B-GLAAD” (“Bisexual, Gays & Lesbian Alliance for Diversity” or something like that) and the group received considerable resistance from various campus ministries. There were hateful, anti-gay flyers put up all over campus and then the pastor of alocal (very fundamentalist) church came on campus w/o permission to publicly condemn the group, the university and, well, homosexuals in general. I personally heard him say that AIDS was God’s judgment on homosexuals. Needless to say, he really stirred things up. So it turns out that the B-GLAAD president was HIV positive. So I contacted him and asked for a lunch meeting and what he told me was shocking. What he told me abt how Christians were treating him was embarrassing. His hurt was evident but yet he was so humble. So I ended up inviting him to my campus ministry and gave him tie to share that “bad testimony” to my 100+ students. In fact, I invited all the B-GLAADers to come and even though only a few did, after their leader told us his story we publicly repented on the part of the bad witness that Christians had been. This opened up doors of communication and relationship with them – even though we still afirmed that homosexuality is against God’s design and plan – and I remember that when this student graduated the following May he sent me an invitation.

    So I guess the moral of the story is…I dunno…don’t be a jerk? Love people?

  3. I think it really all boils down to relationships – a campus pastor’s time is better spent in reaching out and getting to know students rather than running around preaching that homosexuality is a sin. BTW, prob opening up a can of worms here, but our modern concept of “homosexuality” is very different than what existed in the ancient world and the Greek words translated as “homosexual” were words related to the concept of male prostitutes. So, in addition to “speaking the truth in love,” we must be wise, educated and tactful in discussing this issue openly on college campuses.

    In my experience as a campus pastor, HETEROSEXUAL sin is much, much more prevalent and destructive on college campuses and yet that topic doesn’t attract too much attention. I’m *not* saying that this excuses us from addressing homosexuality – only that we must recognize heterosexual sin as a much wider sexual sin issue. Case in point: the recent scandal at Duke University where recent grad Karen Owen’s “Sex Thesis” has caused waves. Oh the challenges of campus ministry!


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