I am a Christian. I am not afraid of LGBTQ people. Neither am I “against” LGBTQ people. How do they affect my life? How do lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people affect the life of Christians? Some Christians are annoyed, others are disgusted, still others are tormented as they are surrounded by the practices of LGBTQ, as in the case of Lot who was vexed. 2 Peter 2:7. The Greek word there means to tire down, to oppress, to afflict. How did their behavior affect Lot? It oppressed him emotionally and spiritually inasmuch as their behavior was offensive to him and to the God he worshipped. Now it is true that some feel being annoyed, disturbed, distressed, or upset does not rise to the level of being really affected on a daily basis. But when such annoyance, disturbance, and distress are minimized or even dismissed, can we rightly say that the feelings of those who are disturbed now have no weight? Has that person been robbed of his or her own feelings?
Christians try to govern every aspect of their lives by the laws and principles of God as found in his word the Bible. From study, they have come to learn that everything on this planet is interconnected and the behavior of others certainly has an impact on still others. Christians know that the behavior of Adam and Eve had/has an impact on every human today. Now if ones do not accept that, it is perfectly fine. But Christians DO accept that. We are thousands of years removed from Adam and Eve, yet their one act of disobedience affects us physically, genetically, and spiritually. In my state, hands-on cell phone use is illegal. Yet drivers continue to drive with cell phones in hand. Distracted driving is a very real danger and it is very often lethal. If a three car pile-up occurs on “this” expressway, but I am on “that” expressway, does it affect me? Yes. How? Someone is breaking the law, their distraction resulted in an accident with injuries or deaths. Their dismissive attitude toward that law led them to participate in behavior that caused real harm. "Yes, but how did it affect YOU," someone asks. Dismissive attitude toward law always affects me and everybody. It puts everybody in danger. Whether you are being dismissive concerning the law on murder or the law on speeding or the law on hands-on cell phone usage - all seemingly innocuous behavior (except of course for murder which is hardly innocuous) - that dismissive attitude eventually translates into behavior and actions and someone's actions on the road affect everyone else on the road.
How many individuals and companies have been sued because they would not provide services for gay couples? Wouldn’t bake a cake. Wouldn’t provide wedding flowers. Wouldn’t do wedding invitations. That affects business owners in general. That affects legislation, it affects the justice system, it affects litigation, frivolous and real. And all of that affects every single individual because not one person lives on an island, or in a vacuum, or in lovely isolation.
But the position that such practices should be perfectly fine with Christians unless Christians are directly, measurably, patently affected is simply replacing the Christian’s standard for life with that of someone else, is that not so? The question arises: why should this personal, subjective standard be allowed to replace the standard of God which the Christian is trying to meet? You see, in the final analysis, for a Christian (and remember, this question has been asked of Christians), the sole authority and right to determine right and wrong behavior, and set standards rests with the Most High God. The standard should not have as a pillar whether and to what extent it ‘personally affects someone on a daily basis.’ That is not the barometer by which to measure what is acceptable and unacceptable for a Christian. Once it is suggested that a Christian should not be bothered by what does not directly affect him, one standard has been replaced by another. How does another human have the right to make that call? For Christians it is not about whether and to what extent it affects each on a daily basis. Anything that is against the law of God disturbs not only a Christian, it disturbs God.
Hannah J Paul