Homosexuality has been a controversial subject for as long as the Church has existed. Changes in the definitions of marriage have only exasperated that situation. The Church does have something to say about homosexuality but it has not always very productive in its articulation.
Here are some things that may be helpful for Christians to reflect on when discussing homosexuality either publicly or privately.
- Homosexuality is not necessarily a choice. People with same-sex attraction do not choose that. It is not as simple as either being born gay or choosing to be gay. The actual situation is much more complicated.
- While the Bible has something to say about homosexual activity, the Bible does not have anything to say about same-sex attraction.
- There is no role for the Church to judge the lifestyle of those outside the church. (1 Corinthians 5:12)
- Homosexual sin is not worse than heterosexual sin.
- Evangelicals should speak according to knowledge and not just emotion.
- Homosexuality is not just an issue, it is about people.
- The Church does need to address the problem of suicide among LGBTQ youth.
None of these things are an argument against the traditional view of homosexuality. They are just things to be considering when speaking about homosexuality.