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IMAGO DEI: God’s Answer to Today’s Issues - “LGBTQ+ PAIN & BELONGING"

Romans 1:18-32


God's Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.


24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.


26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.


28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.


LGBTQ+PAIN:

“Even though it’s not good to be alone, my sexual orientation excludes my spiritual belonging.”

GODS ANSWER:                

We are a belonging people! We accept people without affirming sin, believing Jesus is our way to belonging.” 


WHY?

  1. When we drift from this conviction, we exchange the design of the Creator for the desires of the created.    (Rom 1:21-27)
  2. Any sexual behavior outside of Biblical marriage is a sinful drift from our Creator. (Lev 18:22, 20:13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 1 Tim 1:10)



HOW?

  1. Make belonging to Jesus your way of living. (Rom 1:16; Rom 8:1)
  2. Make befriending people your way of loving.      (1 Cor 13:4-7)


References:

(1) Heidelberg Catechism Q&A1

(2) People to be loved, Preston Sprinkle

(3) Single Gay Christian, Gregory Coles

(4) The Gospel Comes with a House Key, Rosario Butterfield

(5) Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality