An article published yesterday (link to article at the bottom of this page) about how Christians claiming in the maxim “love the sinner, hate the sin” does not work, especially when it comes to gay marriage. Jonathan Dudley claims that this slogan made by many Christians fails miserably when referring to gay marriage.
Using the example of slavery in the light of Christian history, slave-holding Christians believed that God ordained certain people to be slaves while others are ordained to be leaders. However, this is not original thought, but rather a spiritual extension of Aristotelian philosophy of there being classes of people: Those bred to think, rationalize, and lead, and those bred to be lead. Christian slave-holders extended this philosophical view in order to justify their actions. Just like anyone that gains power over people, corruption and abuse of power always overcomes the beholder. In ancient Greece, when war was afoot, the democratic body would be suspended and elect a single person to lead them. When the war or conflict was over, it was expected that the elected leader would relinquish this power given to him to restore the democracy. However, the last person that was elected for this honor was a man named Caesar that refused to give up his power.
Jonathan equates past cultural mechanisms responsible for slavery among other Christian rationalizations for past transgressions are also at work as a response to gay marriage. “Love the sinner, hate the sin” does not necessarily become moot by his historical analysis, but shows that, like any other system containing members of the human race, are in fact flawed. However, this maxim is something for anyone striving for tolerance to achieve: To accept people of who they are but not having to accept certain parts of their lifestyles. To deny the maxim would deny real tolerance. A person can condone smoking, but can be friends with and accept those who choose to smoke.
Many churches in Arlington, Texas welcomes people with open arms despite their lifestyles. Church is supposed to be a place to love and be loved, and is up to you in when and how to seek the help and forgiveness of your struggles and sins with God. Everyone struggles. Everyone sins. It is up to us to seek forgiveness and salvation from God, not from other people. Jesus told us that the greatest commandment was to love God. He then told us that the second greatest commandment was to love people, without a stipulation on their sins or previous transgressions.
Positions on gay marriage is the position on the sin of homosexuality itself, not the people. It can be argued that slavery is justifiable, but it is in the manner in which it was handled in the past was the abuse and misuse of the power of the slave-holder, not the slavery in and of itself.
Jonathan Dudley: Evangelicals and Gay Marriage: Why “Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner” Doesn’t Work