Are Christians Intolerant?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I Corinthians 6:9; 18-20

The Christian response to homosexuality is a hot button. As attitudes in our culture toward homosexuality are changing, Christians are finding themselves portrayed as homophobic and heterosexist. Both of these words are designed to portray Christians as intolerant. Furthermore, since many now believe that homosexual orientation is not a matter of choice, but of both biological and genetic factors, objecting to homosexuality is seen to be like objecting to people on the basis of race.

In the past, Christians have fought to end poverty, racism, infanticide, abortion, slavery, the degradation of women and injustice. It seems strange for us to be portrayed on the side of bigotry. And yet the Bible’s teaching on sexual ethics is rather straight forward. How then should we answer the charge that we are intolerant? Today’s message will try to give some direction.