I am absolutely certain if Jesus was walking the earth today He would NOT ever be caught holding a "God Hates Gays" sign, and yes I am absolutely 100% certain of this! He probably would hold up a sign that said, "I Strongly Dislike Pharisees Types". :)
There are several areas I feel that we, as the Christian church, have done harm to our cause of spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to a hurting world! And one of those areas is in regards to the Homosexual issue. Homosexuals have been, in my opinion, abused by much of the Christian community. They have been treated like a Cancer, and it's wrong! It's sinfully wrong! And I want to apologize as an Evangelical Christian Pastor and say that I am ashamed for the way we have treated you and I am very sorry!
Here's the deal, whether you are FOR or AGAINST homosexuality is really not the issue here, at least not to me for this particular "note" anyway. Because even if you see homosexuality as sin there is no reason to be hateful and bigoted! For example, I am against divorce, yet I love those who are divorced. I come from a divorced home and so does my wife. Divorced people serve in Mercy Church where I serve as Lead Pastor. They work with our children, they sing on the worship team, they've even served on our elder board through the years. So, in my opinion if you are going to be hateful towards the gays then you are a hypocrite if you are not hateful towards those who are divorced, those who lie, or gossip, or are prideful, etc. It's ridiculous. I could go on here, but I would hope you get my point.
Hate is not a FRUIT of the spirit, Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Jesus also said in Matthew 7:16 "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"
Jesus also said that people would know us by our LOVE, John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Bottom Line: We as Christians should be known as the most loving compassionate people on the earth today, and it's not too late to start with that! Let's get going on spreading the Gospel message that Jesus intended us to spread!
Just my thoughts!
PS To all my gay friends, both personal and on facebook, I want you to know that there is a heterosexual Evangelical Bible Thumping Christian Pastor in Kansas City that loves you! For reals!