Recently, my husband and I were interviewed at our home by the good people who create the Christians Talk videos.
During the interview they asked me what I thought about the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin”
You can watch their video HERE that includes responses from several Christians about the phrase.
What I wanted to say but probably failed to say because I was nervous that day when we were being interviewed was this:
Instead of saying “love the sinner, hate the sin” Christians should be saying:
“Love others and hate your own sin!”
The phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin” doesn’t honor the basic tenets of Christianity because it leads Christians to focus on hating rather than on loving.
When someone says “love the sinner, hate the sin” the focus is not on “loving” – the focus is on “hating”
The person using the phrase is thinking about how much they hate the sin of homosexuality and how much they want to get that point across.
The lgbt person hearing the phrase is thinking about how the person who is using the phrase hates who they are at the core of their being because they know that being lgbt has more to do with “who they are” than who they might have sex with.
As someone who is serious about following Jesus I always want to know what Jesus had to say about it and as it turns out Jesus never said “love the sinner, hate the sin” – in fact, no one in the bible said it.
In Matthew 7 Jesus did say:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
In other words, Jesus was saying worry about your own sin and when you have rid yourself of all your own sin then you can worry about hating someone else’s sin.
Jesus also said:
“love one another: just as I have loved you”
I think “love others, hate your own sin” would be a better phrase for Christians to use.
Or even better, let’s just shorten it to “love” and leave it at that.
#loveisthemovement #loveoneanother #love #greatestcommandment
Liz Dyer is founder and owner of Serendipitydodah for Moms, a private Facebook group for moms of LGBTQ kids.
Serendipitydodah for Moms is a private Facebook group for moms of LGBTQ kids. Our official motto is “We Are Better Together” and our nickname is “Mama Bears” The group is set up so that only members can see who is in the group and what is posted there. It was started in June 2014 and presently has more than 2,300 members. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org