Visiting hour had come at the large Melbourne hospital where I lay recovering from heart surgery to clear my main heart arteries with 3 stents.
Waiting for Chris, I noticed a tall man with an overnight bag enter the ward and make his way to a man in the bed opposite mine. The patient who was awaiting a heart valve replacement, broke into a grin. Awkwardly, the men glanced over to my bed. I feigned interest in watching the overhead TV. One of my interests is to watch people, and real life is far more interesting than the rubbish on TV!
Being in a shared room of 6, there is no way one can really have a private conversation, so I was privy to a touching scene of love and care wrapped in a package of homosexuality. I realised that when I saw the men kissing and the visitor holding the patient's hand.
The love between the two men was tangible. Even the conversation was typical of a hetero-sexual couple, indeed it was the general stuff of making sure your partner had clean nightwear and taking the laundry home. I later became friendly with Patient Man and even his partner In fact, I liked them.
Once again, I was faced with the dilemma of how to interact with homosexuals as Christ would. I have come to believe that responding to them with the love of Christ is how He would treat them. It is a path I take.
Make no mistake, homosexuality is a sin, and one which Christ does not condone. Neither do I, but like Jesus, I love the sinner and not the sin. Homosexuality is not normal, no matter how much they try to indoctrinate us with their beliefs.
Do I believe in same-sex marriage? you ask. No. Marriage from the very beginning was the union between a man and a woman. God Himself performed the first marriage in the Garden of Eden and then told Adam and Eve to multiply and be fruitful. If it were to include same-sex marriage, He would have told us so...
I expect that I will cop some flack for posting that I actually like the homosexuals who have come my way. That's OK. Jesus wasn't homophobic and neither am I. But in saying that, I am compelled to add, that nevertheless, homosexuality is not godly or normal.... but in all cases, we are called to love the sinner not the sin..
Homosexuality can be forgiven if the life-style is abandoned and of course, after repentance. If we don't bring Christian love to them, how are they ever going to feel acceptable? If they can't feel acceptable in society, they can't feel bold enough to approach the Throne of Grace and be cleansed of their sin!
Let's not act as a pharisee and walk on the other side of the street if one approaches, but let us treat homosexuals as any other people of the world. With compassion. With respect. With Christian love. We are to imitate Christ and walk in His shoes. And pray-For a change of heart of the homosexuals. For our government to stand firm against same-sex marriage. For our schools to stop trying to teach our children that homosexuality is just a life-style choice.
But let's also pray for ourselves to have a godly Christian response to homosexuals. We can do nothing else but emulate our Saviour and love the sinner, not the sin.© Glenys Robyn Hicks
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. Luke 7:39