by G C Forsman
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39, NKJV)
I have been debating whether or not to comment on Exodus International shutting down. However, it seems to me that when Alan Chambers recently apologized to the gay community, and announced the closure, many in the Christian community seemed offended. For nearly 40 years, Exodus chose the mission to minister to the gay community and offer the opportunity to meet Christ and receive counseling designed to repatriate homosexuals to the heterosexual community.
Of course there is much debate as to whether or not this conversion from gay to straight is possible, and that is not what I’ll be discussing here. My take on this situation is simple. Alan Chambers admitted not that the Biblical stance on homosexuality is wrong (as many contend) but that the methodology of Exodus was flawed.
Too often we set out to change the world for Christ, but end up doing something that does not reflect Christ at all. The gay community by and large believe that Christians hate them. This is our fault as Christians. Where is the love? Jesus did not say love everyone except homosexuals. The treatment of the gay community at the hands of us Christians has been deplorable.
We should be loving them, inviting them to our churches, and allowing God to work on them as He works on us. It is not our mission to judge or change people. Our mission is to share what Jesus has done for us, and to invite others to have similar experiences with the love of God. The fact that many gay people believe we hate them speaks for itself. If we as Christians do our jobs, everyone should feel loved, not hated.
Where is the love?