How to respond to friends who are homosexual

Question:  I have several friends who are homosexuals.  I make it clear that I believe homosexuality is wrong but I also do not “judge” them for their belief or practices, but still love them as people.  Is there anything else I should be doing/saying in those relationships?

Answer:  You are right to stand on the beliefs of Scripture on the issue of homosexuality.  You are right to love your friends who practice this lifestyle.  My encouragement to you is to continue to love them.  Show them the love of Jesus Christ.  Let them see Jesus in you.  Do not look down on them.  Remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians:  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 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.

We have a tendency to take homosexuality and extrapolate it from the list of sins in 1 Corinthians 6.  Paul doesn’t.  God loves and saves everyone on that list!