I’ve known of many people in the church who have bordered on militancy in their activism against homosexuality. They stand on street corners with signs that read, “God hates fags!” and yell in the faces of homosexuals at gay pride parades.
Something is radically missing in that picture. LOVE. And, according to 1 Corinithians 13, anything done without love is absolutely useless. So, let’s just scrap all that hateful protesting, ok? It’s useless, and I know God doesn’t smile on it. He probably cries.
However, as I wrote in a previous post, the church cannot waver from the truth that homosexuality is a sin (one of many!). Rather than lashing out at the homosexual community, we must recognize that what we see with our eyes is only evidence of a spiritual battle being fought for the souls of people in our world. Homosexuality is one of many tools in the enemy’s tool belt to spiritually capture and imprison men and women in our world. I was even under that captivity for a time.
So, if we take the perspective that all sin is bondage, and Jesus has freed us from that bondage by His sacrifice, then we must recognize that the victory for this battle has already been assured for every soul that runs to Jesus. That’s just the facts of it. However, for many, there is a great battle – a spiritual onslaught of temptation and lies that bombard and keep many people in captivity. Instead of picking up a sign or slinging careless words (directly or indirectly) at the LGBTQ community, think about the price Jesus paid for them – and for you. Remember that we have all sinned. Don’t ignore your own sin. Invite Holy Spirit to convict you for your own attitudes, desires, and behaviors that are less than His best plan for you – and get on your knees to pray for God to give you His love for your neighbors.
We won’t start seeing mass deliverances from homosexuality until people stop pointing their fingers and start interceding for God’s freedom for the homosexual community.
Lou Engle often tells a story of a dream someone had in the 90s. In the dream, there was a young man on his knees, weeping, because he had cried out to be freed from homosexuality for so long, but was not seeing any breakthrough in his struggle. Just then, a massive pair of praying hands rose over the young man and kept rising until you could see them above the cityscape of San Francisco. Lou tells this story to plead with people to pray for freedom for the homosexual community and to pray for healing for AIDS.
When was the last time you sincerely cried out in prayer for deliverance and freedom for homosexuals? Please cry out to God for freedom- and stand against the principalities and powers that prey on gay men and women. Change comes first in the spiritual realm. Please, on behalf of so many, I ask that you press in for their freedom in prayer!