If you’re reading this blog post, you’re more than likely aware of the rapidly changing cultural evolution in regards to homosexuality. The overwhelming acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle has become not only supported by the secular community, but has infiltrated its way into the Christian community as well. More often now, we witness churches, once thought to be conservative and orthodox in their beliefs, spreading their arms and sanctuary doors wide open to those who openly, and unashamedly, practice homosexual lifestyles. Perhaps you’d think this post will be about condemning those who participate in unbiblical and ungodly sexual acts, regularly and intimately; however, that’d be too easy as any Bible believing Christian is well aware of the wrath of God (Romans 1:8-27) when these types of acts are incessantly committed and, as we now see, permitted (Romans 1:32). My intended focus will be not on the homosexuals, by shaming them into submission to God’s Word, but on us who do the shaming, the potential hypocrites.
Not for one iota of a second will I ever condone any of the lifestyles in the seemingly growing acronym, LGBTQI. Not because I’m homophobic, close minded, brainwashed, or uptight. I can’t lay claim to any of those labels, but I can own the fact that I am not ignorant of the biblical mandates when it comes to how, and who with, we’re ideally intended to be experiencing sexual activity. Here enters the hypocrisy aspect of those who loudly, but perhaps lovingly, attempt to lump the homosexuals into a category of their own. Scripture surely names this lifestyle separately, with a command against it (Leviticus 18:22), a warning against it (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), and consequences from it (Romans 1:26-27). Although please note that each reference to it is enmeshed with a myriad of other commands and sins to avoid, sexual and otherwise.
For instance, take a look at the context surrounding the 1 Corinthians 6:9 verse listing homosexual offenders as those who “will not inherit the kingdom of God.” In that single verse alone there are nine other categories of sinners that qualify, along with the homosexual offenders, to be left outside the kingdom of God. In addition, the chapter preceding (ch. 5) spends its entirety on expelling the immoral brother, who isn’t engaged in a homosexual affair, but has decided to engage instead in one with his own father’s wife (v. 1). The contextual consideration doesn’t stop there, but continues throughout the remainder of chapter 6 and into yet another entire chapter dedicated to sex and marriage (ch. 7). The first two chapters of Romans offers us a similar reading, while calling out homosexuality clearly as a sin, it proceeds to delve deeper as we read another laundry list of sins that we’re given over to: envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, disobeying their parents, senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless (Romans 1:29-31). The lists are chock full of sins that not even the most self righteous Christian can attest to being clean from.
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Romans 2:1). That would be considered hypocrisy, wouldn’t it? This verse beckons the infamous “Do not judge” verses in Matthew 7:1-5. Again, context considered, the command from Jesus to not judge is when we who are judging are doing so by not realizing our own sin issues, but readily calling out another for theirs. That’d still be considered hypocrisy, yes?
So what are we to do then, since we’re always in some state of sin personally? Never confront another in theirs? By no means! (I’m a confessed Paul plagiarizer). We can stand firm on God’s Word and His commands, knowing that the sin we see in another’s life isn’t desirous. We can also confront our peers with what we see, but we’d better check our hearts and our intentions before doing so. Are we addressing these sin issues to somehow elevate ourselves into the sad state of self righteousness? Or are we prayerfully attempting to speak the truth of God’s Word into their life, with the desperate hope that He may enlighten them just bright enough to be broken over their trespasses against Him? After all, the sins we commit, all of us, are ultimately grieving our God and that is reason enough to address them in your own life and in the lives of those you’re in.
So consider not whether you approach another in their sin, but how. Not only how in terms of your tone of voice, choice of words, or loving disposition, but with the fullest self awareness possible of where you are weak before God because of your perpetual sin struggles. This introspective heart attitude when discussing the sins of others, with others, may just clear our Christian slates of the heinous sin of hypocrisy. May our sober humility exceed our potential hypocrisy as we strive to follow the Way.