Mailbag: Disagreement doesn't have to mean demonizing

Mailbag: Disagreement doesn't have to mean demonizing

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I'd like to speak on behalf of those who are known as Christians and apologize for the way we are perceived within the LBGTQ community.

There’s a serious problem in our culture today that says if you disagree with someone who is LGBTQ, you're hateful. This is true if threatening, demonizing or prejudiced words or actions are involved.

Fortunately, these responses are not true of those who follow the example and commandments of Jesus. He says in Luke 6:27-28, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Then in John 8 He says to the accusers of the woman caught in adultery, “Those who are without sin cast the first stone."

Then one by one the crowd left without condemning her because they knew they were also sinners. Then Jesus said to her, “I don’t condemn you, go and sin no more.”

Love corrects and redeems but does not ever condemn or bring shame. Whether heterosexual or LGBTQ, we’re all in the same boat as sinners who are in desperate need of a Savior. This is what the song "Amazing Grace" is all about. As Christians we extend this very same grace to those we don’t agree with when we choose to love them anyway.

April Aguirre

Corvallis

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