Distancing ourselves from both the left and the right, we don’t celebrate homosexual practice, we acknowledge God’s clear revealed word that it is sin; and we don’t hate those who embrace homosexuality, we love them enough to not just collapse under the societal pressure.
We speak the truth in love into this confusion, saying, simultaneously, “That’s wrong,” and, “I love you.”
We’re not the left; we say, this is wrong. And we’re not the right; we say, you’re loved.
We speak good news, with those sweetest, deepest, most glorious words of the cross—the same words that God spoke to us—“You’re wrong, and you’re loved.”
God tells us we’re wrong, that the wages of sin is death, that unrepentant rebellion means judgment, that our rescue required the cursed death of his Son (Romans 3:23).
And God tells us we’re loved, that even while we were sinners, Jesus died for us, that while we were unrighteous, Jesus suffered in our place, that though we were destined for wrath, Jesus welcomes us into glory (Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2.1–7″>Ephesians 2:1–7).
Where the Gospel Shines
You’re wrong and you’re loved—that’s the unique voice of the Christian. That’s what we say, speaking from our own experience.
As Tim Keller so well puts it, “We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream.”
That’s our message in this debate, when society’s elites despise us, when pop songs vilify us, when no one else has the resources to say anything outside of two extremes, we have this incomparable opportunity to let the gospel shine, to reach out in grace: You’re wrong and you’re loved. We get to say this.
That’s why homosexuality is not like other sins.