“Quit judging me!” is what many people say in response to criticism. Now, some Christians (or at least, men who claim to be Christians) are judgmental, and should not be so, but I am here to address times when the response comes after a phrase which points out flaws without the presence of insolence.
Let me begin by telling you a phrase that will potentially offend you.
Being gay is wrong and unacceptable, and you cannot be gay and go to heaven.
Now, if all of you were standing next to me, I would probably receive many slaps to the face. I mean, how could I be so judgmental? Why should my religion dictate your culture?
“Telling someone they cannot be gay because of your religion is like getting mad at someone for eating a donut while you are on a diet.”
Boy do I get a kick out of that quote. That quote, quite obviously, uses very flawed reasoning. I am not telling you it is wrong to be gay because it goes against my personal preference and because I have decided not to be gay for my health, I am telling you that it is wrong to be gay because it goes against the supreme laws of the creator of the universe!
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
I think the last verse points out quite obviously that homosexuals cannot go to heaven. If you as a gay person get baptized, yet continue your homosexual lifestyle, you never loved God. How can you love God, but disobey a direct command that He gives you (1 John 2:3-6)? Some of you may say that you never chose to be sexually attracted to the same gender, that you were just always that way. Well, I never chose to be an imperfect being who struggles with pride, lust, greed, and other sins, but I have no right to accept that as who I am and claim I am saved.
Let’s move on to talk about all of the unsaved.
How can I be loving, yet claim you are on a path towards hell? Pointing out your flaws does not make me a hater and a judgmental snob.
You tell us we should be tolerant and to ‘coexist.’ Well why don’t you tolerate my intolerance? You claim to be tolerant, yet you only tolerate those who hold the same beliefs. You claim we are hypocrites, yet you are a hypocrite: you call us haters even though you have so much hate for God and His people.
But why can I not just live and let live, and leave you to live the way you want? Why do I have to intervene? I do so because I love you. It is the man who sees another traveling towards his death and acts not who is the hateful. He who knowingly lets a man walk into his doom is the evil one. Love does not overlook flaws, it points them out and tries to fix them.
In the end, God is the one who will judge you, I am merely one of His messengers who brings you a warning: “You are heading towards hell. Turn back before it is too late!” Wether or not you heed that warning is your choice.
Now, if some of you are intending to turn back, and follow the right path, it makes sense that I should tell you how to do this. First of all, read the bible. Then some more. Afterwards, you should read the bible. You could also read from some Christian writers (e.g. C.S. Lewis). But be careful, not every Christian has everything figured out, so always make sure to test everything you hear with the bible.