“As long as you’re happy, it does not matter whom you love.” This is a comment that I saw on social media a few days ago. My reply was: “It may not matter to you, but it matters to God.”

This is the point of everything. Do you care about God, or not?

If you say that you believe in God, and that the Bible is His word, then you can’t agree with what He clearly condemns in His Word. Trying to give clearly written verses a new meaning in order to make them sound nicer or better would be nothing but futile.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you.

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). This reality has always existed. In fact, in one of the oldest books of the Bible, the Leviticus, we find: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:20-23).

Christ had every chance to approve of intimate relationships between couples of the same sex, but he did not do so.

To be honest, I don’t enjoy writing on such controversial subjects, but it would stay on my conscience if I tried to silence God. It is not only my right to speak up, but it is also my duty.

It is true that Jesus commanded us to love everyone and that is what we must do. However, there are different kinds of love. The love that we should love each other with is not a desire of the flesh; it is not an intimate love.

The kind of love that Jesus referred to is certainly not the kind of love that leads you to sin and go against God’s word, which is Jesus’s own word. Otherwise, what kind of God is He that lies and contradicts himself?

Hearing of someone using the love of God, however and whenever they want, makes me sad. Indeed, God is love, but this does not mean that God loves everything. Using the same argument, if God is love, does He not deserve to be loved?

Indeed, God is love, but this does not mean that God loves everything

Because when we are justifying sin in the name of His love, we would not only be deceiving ourselves, but more than that we would be putting ourselves along with our thoughts and opinions, before God Himself. This is also a form of idolatry in which, unfortunately, our country and the whole world is swimming in.

I say all this and at the same time I condemn all those who pick on homosexual people. I say ‘people’ because that’s what they are, and they deserve love like the rest of the population. Like Christ, we should love a person no matter what or who he/she is, but like Him also we should hate sin, whether it is our sin or someone else’s.

At this moment, a question may naturally come to mind for some people: “What would you do if it was your son?”

If it was my son, I would love him with the same love, I would hear him and help him with all he might need. This is how I dealt with other members of my family and others who are homosexual. However, like I did with them, I would do with my son in things that he may be doing wrong. I would show him the Biblical truth without imposing it on him.

The sincerity of that same love should encourage us to open the eyes of these individuals because we care about them, and more than that, about their soul. Christ received the publicans, thieves, adulterers and the rest, to lead them to repentance and the forgiveness of their sins, and then they begin a new life that would please Him.

Christ always encouraged them: “Go and sin no more!”

A truth like this is not pleasant to the ear and I don’t expect people’s approval, but quite the contrary. If Christ did not gain much popularity due to His teachings, I would not expect any better when sharing His word.

I will not do what other religious teachers are doing: try to twist the word of God in order to make it sound pleasant and gain the approval of many people. I would much rather be alone but walking on the right path, than have many followers in the path leads to hell.

Nature teaches us that the human being is created as man and woman, and in their sexual relations they are not only expressing intimacy but also reproducing. Homosexual relationships contradict this aim of sexuality.

Yes, it does matter whom you love… love God first and foremost, your Creator and your Lord. If you ignore Him and do whatever you please, you would be creating your own destruction:

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:26-27)

Marilyn Bellizzi is a freelance writer on Christian themes.

This is a Times of Malta print opinion piece

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