Editor’s Note: An inquiry to the FORGIVEN Christian Club on campus about its position on various LGBT issues prompted the following response:
By Roberta Steele
GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The FORGIVEN Christian Club’s official stance on how it feels about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights movement is this: God loves us, each of us. He knows each of us and He made each of us uniquely and beautifully. Its member believe the entire Bible, which unambiguously opposes sin because it separates us from Him. But there is good news because He knows we are ALL sinners.
He sent His Son, the only ‘unsinful’ God/man to teach us how to live life, to be our role model, to be our sacrifice for all the sin we have and will ever commit, IF we only: believe in Him, turn away from the sin, and ask for forgiveness each time we sin. Sin includes how we treat Him, others, and our own body, the Holy Spirit’s home. This includes us acting without self-control: hatred, rage, lying, the bodily sins of adultery, homosexuality, murder, and others. He is with us each and every moment, but sin blocks us from communicating with Him and fulfilling the great plans He has for our lives.
He detests not being near to us, for He loves us so very much! Remember, He detests the sin not the sinner. Jesus has two important rules, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourselves.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV
However, several members of the club offered their personal perspectives on the matter. One member acknowledges the Bible does provide verses regarding homosexuality, but he believes that some Christians’ application of this truth is mistaken.
He is concerned these Christians are causing unnecessary pain by not addressing the issue properly. Perhaps they are combatting sin without the love and compassion that should be at the core of all Christian actions, thoughts, and words. One woman, whose oldest son is gay, made it clear she loves her son unconditionally stating, “It is a decision between you and God. It is not for me to judge, but to love.”
Overall, the sentiment of the Forgiven Christian Club was God will bless you if you choose to walk with Him and not let sin get in the way of the wonderful future He has planned for us.
The FORGIVEN Christian Club meets Thursday at 4pm is Music Building 26, room 225. There current 6-week series is “I HAVE A QUESTION.” It’s a conversation regarding the validity of Christianity. We enjoy singing and sharing prayer requests. All are welcome.
Steele is a student in pre-nursing studies.