Mark 10:17 Now as He was
going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good
Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
I guess that’s not how you expected my response to start. I love this question. It’s really important to get our heads around two important subjects: good vs. bad people, and homosexuality.
From the above scripture, no one is good. We’re all imperfect, which is why we only enter Heaven by believing in Jesus’ work.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 3:10 As it is
written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
So now we’re all on the same condemned footing, we can address some specific cases of sin. The classic scripture quoted covers a much broader group. But pay attention to the last verse.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
We are all contaminated with the “sin gene”. We can’t help ourselves.
Romans 7:15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I want to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
It is very important in this discussion that we avoid ostracising any particular group, but rather we recognize that we’re all sinners. All of the above things come against God’s standards.
In the laws of Moses, murder, having sex with another’s wife, a very close relative, an animal, or other men, worshipping idols, and practicing the occult were all punishable by death. This suggests an equivalent level of severity. In the New Testament, we recognize sin as a symptom of a broken relationship with God. We should show those around us through our life’s example, a better way and allow the Holy Spirit, in God’s time, to convict them and draw them to himself. We should not overstate, nor understate sin.
Another thing which God really hates is a proud heart. This often expresses itself as legalism, such as with the Pharisees. This remains common today, where religious people express disdain to those who struggle with certain sins. In doing so, they violate scriptures to care for the stranger among us and behave just like Sodom and Gomorrah. In http://bretanark.com/blog/2019/05/18/why-did-god-destroy-sodom-and-gomorrah/ I wrote about how their sin was not so much their sexual immorality, but such an intense hatred for strangers that the whole city surrounded Lot’s house demanding to gang rape his guests.
When it comes to lesbianism, there is nothing clear in scripture. Some infer from men having sex with men, but lesbianism is physically totally different. But lesbians generally associate and sympathise with the LGBT movement.
We’re all messed up, and express various degrees of symptoms of our sinful nature, such as sexual immorality or prideful self-righteousness. We need to come alongside our fellow sinners, looking past their struggles, and encouraging them closer to God, his word, his presence, and his love. Hopefully, conversations come up where people ask, and we can speak God’s truth in a non-condemning way, and we can pray God’s goodness over them. I find it a huge honour when colleagues ask me about “religion”, as it affirms that I’m approachable and uncondemning – well at least that’s how I read it ;-).
I pray God would richly bless you as you continue to learn about him.