June is officially the start of Pride Month. For many Christians, this may be a disturbing time. Christians should not accept homosexuality, but they should not be mean or hateful towards them. Jesus wants us to love everyone as he does, including homosexuals. Because this is true, we Christians need to know how to respond according to the Bible during Pride Month.
As mentioned earlier, Christians should not hate homosexuals. But we should not encourage their sinful behavior. The Bible says: That’s abominable.” (Leviticus 18:22). God tells us that men should not have sexual relations with other men and women should not have sexual relations with other women. God created marriage as between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-9).
By accepting same-sex marriage and relationships, you are accepting and condoning sin. Homosexuality is a sin and as believers we should view it as such. This means that we need to help our fellow friends and family members who are struggling with this sin understand what the Bible says. We can’t make someone believe anything, but we can give the evidence in the Bible. If they are believers, the Holy Spirit will convict them of their sins and lead them to repentance.
Just as a recovering alcoholic must actively fight alcoholism for the rest of his life, so there are true Christians who fight homosexuality even if it is a problem they will have to fight for the rest of their lives. It is important to note that Renowned author, poet, and rapper Jackie Hill Perry reports that despite battling the sin of homosexuality and being married and having children, she still struggles with homosexuality. Jackie Hill Perry recognizes that the goal of Christianity is salvation and drawing nearer to God, not necessarily healing from earthly sins.
God wants us to know Him more. The main desire of the Lord is that we deepen our relationship with Him and continue the process of sanctification in our lives. Many Christians believe that those who suffer from homosexuality can be “cured” or “cured” by marrying someone of the opposite sex, but this usually doesn’t work. This can lead to broken homes, lies and hurt. If you struggle with homosexuality, or know someone who struggles with it, simply dating someone of the opposite sex will not “cure” it. This is a spiritual problem that needs to be worked out with God, not an artificial problem that we can force ourselves to solve.
God wants you to rely on Him more. This does not automatically make you interested in heterosexual relationships, nor does it eliminate the urge. Rather, God will help these impulses and give them the support they need. The key is turning away from sin, repenting, and choosing to live for God each day. It may be difficult at times, but God is with you every step of the way, and will be there for your loved ones who are struggling as well.
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As Christians, we should respond to Pride Month in a biblically accurate manner. This means that we need to love and care for those involved, while at the same time turning them to Christ. There is no need to be rude, hateful, or mean to those involved in Pride Month. Instead, we must demonstrate Christ by our actions. The Apostle John tells us: “Dear children, let us love not by words and words, but by deeds and truths.”1 John 3:18). As John says, we need to show our love for them through our actions.
This can raise the question: “How do I show love to my brother or sister who struggles with homosexuality?” This answer has her two elements. For one thing, we can show love to our brothers and sisters who struggle with homosexuality by being kind, compassionate, and wishing them the best. You should not use derogatory language or make fun of them. All this is harmful and cannot bring anyone back to the Lord. If the person already knows the Lord, your hurtful words and comments can further push them away from repentance.
Second, we can show love to our brothers and sisters who struggle with homosexuality by pointing them to the Bible. We need to do this in a way that doesn’t look like we’re blaming them or trying to say something negative about them. Rather, we should point to what the Bible says and allow the Bible to convict individuals. It is worth mentioning that there will be many people who suffer from homosexuality who do not respond to biblical teachings. They may see you trying to impose your faith on them, which only drives them further away from the Lord. Nevertheless, it is important to honor God and use the Bible to show others the truth.
Choose to form friendships with people who struggle with homosexuality and develop bonds of trust by developing friendships. Once they trust you and understand that you want the best for them, they may be more willing to listen to what the Bible says. However, some may choose not to care about what the Bible says at all and continue to live a life of sin. Don’t think of yourself as a failure when things like this happen. Instead, share Scripture and do your best to allow the Holy Spirit and the Bible to convict you. If you are sharing Bible truth and the gospel message, you are doing the right thing.
Further on in June, you might see a number of pride parades and festivals. In my hometown, the Pride Parade is a big event with thousands of people. It can be heartbreaking at times to see so many people turn away from God and celebrate sin, but going to a pride parade or festival is a great way to get to know people, build friendships, and celebrate sin. It can be a wonderful opportunity to help you find out the truth about Bible. Yes, this may be difficult and frightening, but God wants us to help those who do not know Him and who are living in sin.
Therefore, we must respond to Pride Month in a way that honors God. There are many extremes among Christians, such as those who hate those who suffer from homosexuality, and those who accept sinful acts. As Christians, we need to approach this situation with prayer and consideration. We need to be loving, caring, and helpful, but we also need to share Scripture. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, turn to the Lord and ask for His help.
God wants everyone to know Him, including those who struggle with homosexuality. He longs to save their souls and lives. God never wants His children to remain in a life of sin. God wants all of His children to know, love, and obey Him as His Word says. People who suffer from homosexuality should not be considered “worse” sinners, because all sins are equal in the sight of God. As such, Christians need to stop trying to classify certain sins as worse than others, including homosexuality. There is hope for those who struggle with homosexuality, and this hope is found in Christ.
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Vivian Bricker Help those who love Jesus, study God’s Word, and walk with Christ. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Christian Missions with an emphasis on theological studies. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, reading and spending time outside. When she’s not writing, she’s off on another adventure.