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NewsReal Sunday: Defending Gays and Still being Called Homophobic

Posted on December 13 2009 9:46 am
Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else. With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less. Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner. Find him on Twitter.
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“Hate the sin.  Love the sinner.”

That phrase on sin and sinners is of the most popular phrases in Christianity.  It is most often used when discussing homosexuality.  Evangelical Christians are known for saying we must hate the sin of homosexuality but love gay people themselves.  Where can you find those words in the Bible? Well, nowhere actually.  It is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi.  However, St. Augustine did say,

“With love for mankind and hatred of sins.”

The Bible is clear that Christians must speak out against sin.  In fact, to approve of sin is a sin itself.  Romans 1 actually refers to homosexual acts being a sin when it says:

“They not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:32

It is a sin to approve of sinful behavior, but herein lies a problem.  It is now considered hateful in America to speak out against homosexuality as a sin.  Even if you love homosexuals as people, you are considered a bigot if you believe that God meant sex only for married heterosexuals. Enter a new proposed gay crimes law in Uganda, Rick Warren, and Rachel Maddow.

Maddow has been reporting on a proposed law in Uganda that could lead to life imprisonment of gays or the death penalty for active homosexuals with HIV, among other things. She has called out Rick Warren to publicly speak out against the suggested law, and even found ways to blame him for that law being promoted.  Maddow gives Warren no pass, even though he has been one of the greatest and most influential global AIDS activists of all time.  His compassion toward people – including gay – means nothing if Warren doesn’t openly accept the gay lifestyle.  Throughout her coverage Maddow has mocked Warren and twisted information to make him the bad guy.

Warren has now made a strong public statement calling Uganda to reject the law and pastors to speak out against it.

“The potential law is unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals…ALL life, no matter how humble or broken, whether unborn or dying, is precious to God. My wife, Kay, and I have devoted our lives and our ministry to saving the lives of people, including homosexuals, who are HIV positive. It would be inconsistent to save some lives and wish death on others. We’re not just pro-life. We are whole life.”

Maddow mentions that Warren has suggested some of the news coverage against him has been based on falsehoods.  Maddow says all her reporting has been spot on, and then gives Warren an invitation to come answer her reporting. She ignores the fact that Warren’s public statement actually responds to the majority of her accusations against him and corrects misinformation that Maddow reported.  Of course, Maddow never even mentions (let alone addresses) that part of his statement.

We are in trouble in this country if a person who loves gay people but believes homosexuality is a sin is put in the same camp as those who would pass laws to kill gays. Can’t people love the Christian but hate his views on homosexuality?  NewsReal’s editor David Swindle for example, has disagreed with me wholeheartedly about gay marriage (he blogged on it here,) yet he has never attacked me as a bigot for my view. It would be nice if Maddow and others could offer that same respect to Warren.

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