Sexual Confusion #8

Thinking clearly, acting gracefully.

This week the media is buzzing with a confused hope. Since the general media bias supports the homosexual agenda they have latched onto the idea that the largest Christian denomination, the Catholic Church, has changed its position on homosexuality. They have placed words in the pope’s mouth with a hope for a more radical affirmation. They hope that this comment by Pope Francis was a softening of the church’s stance on gays. Though last Monday mornings comment sent ripples around the world, Catholics and gay rights advocates are still struggling to interpret the pontiff’s statement. However, the pope’s comment does not infer any shift in Catholic policy on the topic.

Here are his comments; “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

Because of previous statements from Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who signed a document in 2005 saying homosexuals should not be priests, they assumed that this is now reversed. Pope Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. He did not say that they should continue in their sin!

This is an important statement for us to acknowledge. Regardless of our Christian denomination we are all placed in the same category by the culture and especially the media.

This is a blatant Christian statement! We love the sinner but not the sin. “For God so loved the world,” all sinners, “He gave His only begotten Son.” We are not to judge and exclude but to love and to forgive. The comment could have gone on to include adulterers, child-molesters, thieves, liars, gossips, etc. God loves us so much that He sent His Son and He accepts us as we are. But He loves us so much that He won’t leave us that way. We, the church, should also walk in love, not condoning sin but loving the sinner.

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