Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

(Leviticus 18:22) KJV

Intolerance is anathema to Christianity, in theory, so it is particularly warped that Evangelicals have developed a very strong climate of intolerance based on Bible passages.

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

(Deuteronomy 22:5) KJV

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

(1 Corinthians 6:9) KJV

Society, by-and-large and increasingly so, is tolerant. Discriminating against people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ is illegal. The LGBTQIA+ community is an increasing segment of society and we have been commissioned to reach out to them with the gospel. We can only do this if the gospel is part of a message of compassion and acceptance.

The balancing act here is that we’re still called to lives of personal holiness and we’re exhorted to maintain our bodies in sanctification and honor. Can we find a compassionate way to reach out and include the LGBTQIA+ community so that we can begin to teach them this? Or are we just going to give up and drive them away?

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