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« on: July 03, 2015, 07:02:11 PM »

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Imago Gay

The key to truly loving your neighbors, whether they’re gay, straight, or anything in between

Debra Hirsch

Imago Gay

I am frequently asked by sincere Christians how they can “reach out” and love their gay neighbors, friends, and colleagues—as if there is some sort of trick or special way of doing it. It’s like a person’s sexual orientation automatically qualifies them for a special category all of their own and therefore some special type of love is required. Yet there is nothing fundamentally different between a gay and a straight person, certainly nothing that requires a different genre of love. There ought to be no essential difference in how we treat anyone (in the faith or without).

You Are My Neighbor?

When we begin to categorize people and push them into the “different” box, we inevitably push them further away from the obligation of neighborliness all disciples of Jesus are called to show. Remember Jesus’ take on the question “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25–37). Disciples are to understand themselves through the lens of the neighborliness exercised by the Good Samaritan and not the religious folk in the parable. Those of us who have gay friends, family, or the like, already know that the homosexually oriented person is our neighbor—they always were—the rest of us just need to catch up.

Nonetheless we must admit that differences do remain; otherwise we wouldn’t find it so hard, right? There are cultural disparities that we need to be aware of, so sensitivity does need to be cultivated. This is not dissimilar to learning to love someone from another culture, socioeconomic background, age, gender, and the like. In order to communicate lovingly we need to appreciate this, or we risk our love not being received in the way we intended.

When it comes to our gay neighbors, it is important to acknowledge the existing history between the church and LGBT community, and the stance many in the church have adopted toward them. We would be naïve to think that we get to start with a blank slate. It will come as no surprise that there is a lot of very bad history between these two communities, resulting in a great deal of alienation—so much so that when two individuals from either community seek to engage even in friendly neighborly dialogue, it can end up being clumsy at the very least.

If we don’t identify some of these barriers and think practically how to move forward to a place of real human engagement, we’ll never learn to really love our neighbor, be they gay, straight, or anything in between.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2015, 02:08:24 AM »
yes - quite 0ften scriptures are referred to relating to abominations

Forgetting that quite often the rebounding arrow falls on us

Those things that are an abomination to God shoots an arrow at our own hearts and the 0nly thing that protects us is the "Righteousness  of Jesus"

Adultery, Oppression, Sins, idolatry, to name but a few are an abomination to God....

All too often we shoot the arrow at scripture that directly points at the bulls eye eg: Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Forgetting that we shoot ourselves with indirect scriptures - eg: Love your neigbour as yourself = Mark 12:31; The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

We often forget who our neighbour is...................

Gay or transsexual did not begin in our life times nor did it begin only when it was mentioned in God's word

Neither did Adam consider "once committing an abomination before God"  that generations after would be affected.

"Sorry I am born like this - lets shoot the arrow of Leviticus 20:13 and hope the problem goes away

Lets hope I stop using scripture to shoot myself in the head

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