Pastor Todd answers the question, “Has the church failed the LGBTQ community?” He believes that the Church has failed this community and offers advice on how to remedy that.
- As in any conversation, you have to be willing to listen to the other side. Pastor Todd feels that the Church has failed to listen to this community. The LGBTQ community feels unheard and unvalued and that is a problem. (Proverbs 18:2,13)
- But the other side of the issue is also important – reading and obeying God’s word. The Church definitely needs to show love and concern for every community, no matter who they are. But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore what God’s word says in doing so.
- We have to avoid the half truths in this conversation. Yes, God loves everyone but sin taints us all. It isn’t helpful for the Church to ignore what the Bible identifies as sin and try to normalize it, whether it’s homosexuality or fidelity in marriage.
- The Church needs to be careful not to segregate the same sex attraction issue into a separate class. This sin isn’t more grave than another. We are all sinners who need God’s grace. We all are tempted to sin and need to fight against it.(1 Corinthians 10:13)
- It’s wrong for Christians to treat homosexuals in a mean, unloving, uncaring way. We owe them an apology if that has been our response.
- The Church needs to really hear the struggles of this community and get to know their experiences and struggles. We can’t presume to understand them if we don’t listen. They want to be heard and understood.
- Sexual sin is not just about homosexuality. There are plenty of sins that go with the heterosexual lifestyle. We shouldn’t downplay heterosexual sins and elevate homosexual ones. Both groups need to choose to obey Christ.
- It’s a big “ask” to tell those in the LGBTQ that they may have to live a life of celibacy if they want to honor God. The Church needs to understand the weight of that and come alongside to support these individuals. (1 Thessalonians 5:13)
Whether the Church and the LGBTQ community agree or disagree on whether certain lifestyles are sinful or not, the Church needs to listen, care, and encourage while also representing God’s truth in love.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- In your opinion, how do you feel the Church has done at engaging in productive dialogue with the LGBTQ community?
- Do you have personal experience dealing with this issue, whether with friends or a family member? Explain.
- Read Proverbs 18:2,13. How can the church be better at demonstrating a caring heart toward this community?
- How can the Church be more loving in how they present biblical truth on these matters?
- Read 1 Thessalonians 5:13. Do you think there is a way for the Church to make peace with this community without compromising biblical values? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.