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“You’re homophobic”—is that good or bad?

Posted on 4/1/2019 by Greg Yoder

That comment came from a young person claiming to be a Christian. The adult who was the target of that criticism was a bit taken back by it. First, the accused was shocked that the person had said that about him. Secondly, he wondered if he failed to love people who need Jesus who practice that way of life. The accuser said, “You HATE being around gay people.” To which he said, “Well, I’m uncomfortable around openly dogmatic gay people, but I’m also uncomfortable being around drunks, people who swear, and gossipers.” Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. What will our kids say about us? Do we love people—even sinners? Let’s teach our kids to follow Jesus’ example and share God’s Good News, which IS love.

Suggested Reading: 1 John 4:8 Romans 5:6-8
ben evans
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:33 AM
ugh being gay isnt right you should be atraccted to the other gender
Greg Yoder
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:46 AM
Scripture is very clear that homosexuality is wrong. We agree. What we’re saying is we need to love sinners like Jesus did. He hung out with prostitutes, adulterers, and tax collectors preaching truth to them in love. Shouldn’t we do the same?
Benjamin Sherley
Sunday, July 7, 2019 4:07 PM
There is NOTHING WRONG with being homophobic! If you don't like the community, then there is nothing wrong with that. If you respect the community, then I believe homophobes should have the same amount of respect.

This world is doomed...
Fin Lab
Thursday, September 5, 2019 9:19 AM
The bible specifies that homosexuality is not acceptable, I stand by this, we should love the opposite gender
Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:05 PM
Tattoos are also against the bible so why don’t people hang around tattoo parlors with signs saying “your ink is sending you to hell!!!”? It says homosexuality is a sin, but it also says that Jesus loves everyone and wants you to love everyone and treat everyone with kindness too. Just because you don’t agree with their life style doesn’t mean you should act uncomfortable and not want to be around them. You should treat them with respect no matter what and not try to change their sexuality with verbal abuse because that is literally useless. It also says in the bible “all things are possible through God”. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you’re going to hell. God let’s everyone who believes in him and Jesus into Heaven. The other comments are wrong and disgusting. Horrible examples of Christians. God is disappointed and wants those of you who commented homophobic things to do better. Also, “I don’t respect gay people but demand they respect me even though I insult and abuse them for something they probably had a super hard time excepting about themselves! Ahahah I’m such a model Christian”. Lol, ok.
Friday, November 29, 2019 11:14 PM
people are born one way! If they cannot accept their beautiful self then they need help on self image, not get a disgusting surgery to change themselves, it’s not ok. Ugh, we are doomed if we can’t even listen to other people’s views.
Naomi Wilson
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:03 AM
Homosexuality seems to be taking over media a lot nowadays which is not the best for most people who don’t like seeing it. In my own conscience, homosexuality is wrong and people only do it for their own sexual desires. Don’t hate on me for saying this, but I have been told in New Testament Survey class that we should respect others yet still disagree with homosexuality. It concerns me how everyone is just being offended over another one’s opinion. Let’s just hope that this doesn’t cause a war between people. It’s like what I had been learning in Theology this fall of 2019 which is that everyone is born of an original sin because of the fall of Adam and Eve. Just saying, but homophobia should just not be a big deal, yet we should still be nice and talk decently with each other. Jesus did say “love your neighbor as thyself”.
Amare Hamilton.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:14 PM
It is perfectly fine to be homophobic. After all the bible did turn down homosexuality. If we want to make it to heaven, we have to live by the bible and also turn down homosexuality.
you big stinky
Friday, December 20, 2019 6:49 PM
God created one gender for another so it's wrong for someone to defy Gods creations boy for girl or girl for a boy it the same thing but he did not create it to be girl and girl or boy and boy and so it's wrong to be gay and
that s why I don't like hanging out with them he has a gay friend when he asks me to come over and he has his friend I won't go cause he is there
Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:00 PM
So I just found out that my girl best friend was bisexual (and I’m homophobic I really think that being gay Is wrong) and she dated a girl for 5 months I know that she’s straight inside but because of her depression and anxiety and many more changed her way of thinking. I don’t think being a homophobic is bad cause being gay is against the Bible and against nature I really hate my generation everyone thinks that they are part of the lgbt community like wtf you’re 11-19
Monday, January 13, 2020 6:29 PM
I feel like its fine to be homophobic only if you respect the LGBTQ community.
Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:49 PM
I’m not even Christian, but I still think be homophobic is a good thing. Homosexuality is not right and shouldn’t be accepted by any community. Males were meant to love females and females were meant to love males! What is wrong with society nowadays?
Sunday, February 9, 2020 6:40 PM
Ok... it's NOT ok to be hateful against a group of people who can't change the way they are? Yes, I'm a lesbian, go ahead and yell at me I really don't care... but that's not the only reason I don't just hate people because homosexuality is mentioned like two times in the bible, in a negative way. Believe me, things like conversion therapy dont work. We can't change. And if we can't change, at least let us be happy and have a fulfilling relationship. You can't take that away from us. That's not love. That's not helping us.

And yes, I am a Christan, and while im obviously not perfect, I'm a bit better of one then some in the comments.
Greg Yoder
Sunday, February 9, 2020 9:12 PM
If you think we hate homosexuals or anyone else, you’re not correct. We love all people. We want everyone to know God lives them, too. That’s the most important thing. But God hates our sin. ALL SIN. I don’t struggle with homosexuality, but I struggle with pride, anger, and lust. No, apart from Christ and moving of the Holy Spirit we can’t change. But as we come to Him, grow in Him, and read His Word we understand the truth and the truth will set us free. Every sinner could say what you’re saying, “I can’t change. God made this way.” Well, no, God made man (Adam and Eve) perfect. But sin made humans imperfect at birth. Sin has consequences. But that makes God’s Grace and mercy the best gift ever. None of us deserve it. Just because homosexually isn’t mentioned very often in Scripture, it IS mentioned. Just because some people today like it or claim it’s okay, doesn’t make those passages of scripture as less correct.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:10 PM
you cannot be homophobic and respect the lgbt community. God said to love thy neighbor. God made those people gay. It is their journey and not yours.
Greg Yoder
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:30 PM
I object to the word "homophobic." That suggests Christians are afraid of LGBTQ community. I'm not. But even if someone was afraid that doesn't mean they're not respected. Yes, God DID say love your neighbor. He also said, "speak the truth in LOVE." However, God did NOT make them that way. That's like saying God created lairs, adulterers, prostitutes, and other sinful behavior. Sin was allowed to happen to help a fallen man or woman to realize (by the Holy Spirit) their need of a Savior -- Jesus Christ. Anything short of God's perfection (Holiness) separates us from God. It's only by the blood of Christ can we have forgiveness, salvation, and rescue from our sin (all sin).
Monday, March 30, 2020 11:44 AM
I'm a teenager and I know that homosexuality is wrong but at my school there is a lot of people that are homosexual I' christian and I strongly believe that homosexuality is wrong but, the bible does say that whoever believes in jesus may have eternal life.
Saturday, April 11, 2020 12:09 AM
Listen to yourself. These are ideas that existed two thousand years ago. Do you also believe that slavery is also right? Times change and so do people, including Jesus.
Greg Yoder
Saturday, April 11, 2020 5:07 AM
Dear Mars. Yes, these are Words that came from God himself. The Word of God is never changing. In fact, it says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So, what you say here isn’t correct. Slavery has never been okay. It’s owning someone. Taking their freedom. Unfortunately THAT sin is as old as homosexuality. That’s why it’s addressed in the Bible. One is a sin your forced on someone. The other is a sin people are forcing us to accept. My heart breaks for people who struggle with sin. We’re all sinners, by the way (Romans 3:23). That’s why we need Jesus. His death on the cross and resurrection provides a way to salvation to all who repent and believe (john 3:16-17).
I don't support LGBTQ+
Monday, April 27, 2020 7:22 PM
I am homophobic, but I don't treat homosexuals different when I'm around them, I respect them, and all I ask is that I stay out of their way and they stay out of my way. We don't have to cross paths
Friday, May 8, 2020 11:07 PM
What I think is that homosexuality is against the teachings of bible. It might be sinful but, we need to love everybody. Bible says to love one another. Everyone is God's creation and we cannot judge anyone since no one is perfect. Instead, let us love one another and preach the gospel so that we can prepare everyone for Jesus second coming.

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