Sometime ago, a girl went to the park with her little brother, wondering about the wisdom of taking him for a horse ride on his fifth birthday — especially since she hadn’t been on a horse over ten years.
She gripped the neck of the horse for her dear life, while her brother rode with a more experienced friend.
A guy laughed at her clumsiness. “First time out on a horse?”
He was about her height, stocky, with a purple streak in his hair, purple nail polish, and purple gauges in his ears. He had an easy-going smile. “I’ve already fallen six times, girl. You’re doing good.”
This girl didn’t know when she grinned back at him, and accepted his outstretched hand, that he would tell her what he did.
As they stumbled their way on the horse, he told her about being raised and shunned in a small town in Nigeria, being kicked out of school and out of his church, moving to work on his singing career, all the while dealing with “the pressure of being different” — “being gay.”
“I believe in God,” he said, “but I don’t like who he’s made me and what he does to me. I believe in the Bible, but not the parts that have nasty things to say about people like me. People think gays are happy and confident all the time, but most of the time, I’m sad. Most of the time, I’m lonely.”
“We’re all born a little sad,” she said, smiling, “all a little lonely.”
“I’ve never met anyone so kind in such a long time,” he said. “You’re different from most people.”
This girl began to give an explanation for her peculiarity: Jesus, by his love, had changed her life. He became the first stranger she ever told about Jesus so clearly. And she became the first person he’d met all day who hadn’t sneered at him for being so expressively different.
“I just want to be loved,” he told her.
The afternoon ended two hours later with the girl explaining, “You know, I believe what the Bible says about homosexuality, and I’m passionate about believing what the Bible says —”
“Fair enough,” he interjected with a half smile.
“ — But it was so good to meet you, to hear your story, to remember, as much as both sides can seem to vilify one another, that there are real people on both sides of this issue. Is there any way I could be praying for you?”
“Why do you want to pray for me?” he asked.
“Because I love you.”
Incredulity filled his eyes: “But why?”
“Because Jesus loves me. In spite of me, Jesus loved me, and he saved me! And he has changed me, lavished his love on me, and from that I can love others. I can love you. I know you’ve probably heard it a thousand times.”
“Actually, no one I’ve ever just met has told me that they love me, and I’ve met plenty of Christians. They tell me that I’m going to hell that I’m disgusting, and they try to get away from me. But here you are . . . letting me hold your hand.”
“Because I know you need his love. We all do. We need him. And I get to be here with you to tell you about him.”
The story doesn’t end with the boy on the horse coming to Jesus in a dramatic moment. Once the horse riding was over, they both went their separate ways. But the story changed me. In a moment, I thought many would typically be too uncomfortable to speak, distracted by their sheltered life and unsure of what to say, God can help you share his love.
Sometimes we can get so bogged down in the issues that we forget that all issues belong to people — hurting people, lost people, disoriented people, and confused people. People just like us before Jesus stepped into our lives (1 Corinthians 6:11).
During this past week, I asked on my BBM pm –Is Homosexuality an illness or an illusion?? Personally, I really don’t know which because I can’t just imagine it. However, a friend on twitter said Homosexuality is just preference disorientation, whichever it is-Homosexuals are HUMAN. Humans created by GOD and should be treated with love.
Reading Roman 1: 24-32 gave me a direct punch that homosexuality is a sin, no doubt! Homosexuality was as widespread in Paul’s days and even more 2000years ago, as it is now. Homosexuality is rejecting God and God allows them to continue because He has given us the power of choice. He lets us declare our supposed independence from him, even though he knows that in time we will become slaves to our own rebellious choices. People tend to believe lies that reinforce their own selfish personal beliefs. Homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by many in our world today-even by some churches. But society does not set the standard for God’s law.
Now that we know homosexuality is neither a normal nor a healthy lifestyle nor a godly life then the most loving thing we can do is to help homosexuals realize this and offer them our help and encouragement rather than abusing or judging them. Who are you to judge or abuse them? Even God gave them over to their sinful desires. He couldn’t do anything, however He still loves them and want them to realize their foolishness themselves. God gives people over so that they will experience the ruin of their sin and call out to him for salvation. It is the Christian’s task to point out that while homosexuality is a sin, we are all sinners and there is forgiveness and deliverance for all who turn to Jesus Christ. Homosexuality is ‘a behavior, not a condition,’ and something that some people can and do change, just like they sometimes change other tastes and personality traits. They need our love and explanation of the love of God concerning them. You would be amazed so many homosexuals are doing great, however they lack the core love and purpose of God upon them. Let us show them the way. Reach the heart before the hand. LOVE is the key.