From an Artist: A Real Christian’s Perspective on Homosexuality

This isn’t easy to talk about.
But it’s important.

But hey. 

I’m going to get real and very honest with you all about who I am.

I am a Christian. 

I know how a lot of people in the art community feel about Christians- but this still me and I won’t hide the truth that it plays the biggest role in my life.

It defines who I am, how I treat others in my life, how I treat myself, and even how I go about my day. I strive to live as Jesus did, and that means loving everyone as a creation that God Himself made. That means no matter what they believe, who they are, what they’ve done, or even what they’re doing- I am called to love them like this: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” So here I’ll say, no matter what, anyone who follows my blogs, or likes my artwork, or reads my stories believes, I will treat them with love and respect. I am called by God to love everyone regardless of what they believe.

Now, I believe it’s a sin to participate in homosexual actions. But that doesn’t mean I judge you for simply having different beliefs. 

I believe the Bible and choose to live my life according to what it says, and that is what it says. but I doesn’t mean I hate the LGBTQ+ community, in fact, I’m called to show them the same love and kindness I show to anyone. Just as much as you have a right to believe it’s okay to be homosexual, I have a right to think it’s not. But, that doesn’t mean either of us has to judge each other for simply having different beliefs. We can simply just disagree.

All this said, I have gay friends. And I totally loved spending time with them! Just because my beliefs list that I should not participate in homosexual actions doesn’t mean I want all LGBTQ+ to burn in hell, or that I’ll treat them as any less than I would anyone I love! 

 

I just don’t want to draw it or anything. It’s my art, and I want it to reflect what I believe.

As much as I support the right to it, I don’t exactly want to encourage it all though, after all, I don’t believe it’s right. And I am told in the bible not to encourage people to sin. I honor that when I don’t draw gay characters, or when choose not to write or draw gay romances, Although I have gay characters in my stories, I don’t outwardly encourage anyone to be gay– and don’t ever draw it, but the truth of the matter is- there are gay people. There are lesbians. There are bisexuals. It’s not something I’m about to deny. I honestly just get annoyed seeing it everywhere with #pride, more because it feels like an attack against me for not believing it is right. You can’t help believing it’s right- I can’t help that I believe otherwise. The movement expects people to change their beliefs on homosexuality- but I’m not asking you to change yours? The artistic movement bothers me, because It is the assumption that I hate them because I’m Christian when in reality I think they should have a right to be gay, I just don’t believe it is good for them. I’m all for their rights, Now, I’m not about to march in a parade, but I think they should be able to get married. Again, I want people to have the right, but I don’t want anyone to be expected to change, or to be attacked by a community for what they believe. And I think that’s something anyone can get behind. Freedom to think and believe and live as they choose.

 

Aren’t Christians supposed to love everyone? Because they are, that’s what Jesus did.

Christians who judge LGBTQ+ and treat them as horrible less-than-human trash, are not godly Christians, and will have to face God for their words and their actions. The bible actually specifically rebukes these “Christians” and I do not stand by or defend anyone who treats another so horribly. I believe we are all the same in God’s eyes and all sin is equal. So, if you’re LGBTQ+, I wish anyone of any sexual orientation a good life, happy memories, incredible adventures, and I pray for anyone who needs it, regardless of their orientation. I absolutely love from the bottom of my heart everyone because that’s what Jesus did, and he calls us to be the same way. It hurts me to see people claim to be Christian yet be so awful and just walk all over with Jesus teaches AND make the church look bad in the process. 

I got a comment when I announced on Instagram that I was a Christian. They asked if I was Christian, then what do I think about the LQBTQ+ community? I told them what I wrote here, and their response broke my heart.

It disappointed me. Not exactly because they were assuming I was a bad person, but because when I said I was Christian, the first thing they thought of when I said “Christian” was all the terrible Christians the media puts out there. Why is it that everyone associates Christians with these hypocrites? Those people who are just so excited about everyone burning in hell, who use the Bible- the Holy Word of God to lift themselves up and their own agenda? The Bible is supposed to change us– and these “Christians” are taking the commands and picking them out to hurt others and do the exact things it says not to do: 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

”A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
John 13:34

“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.’
‘Well said, teacher,’ the man replied. ‘You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.”
Mark 12:28-34

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
James 2:14-17

There’s so many verses that say not to treat anyone- and I mean anyone– without love. Arguably more than there are that mention anything about homosexuality. It makes me furious that this is what people see instead of the truth. I want everyone to feel the same love God has for them whether they believe it or not. 

 

And Should Homosexuals be able to Get Married?

I don’t think we should take the right to get married away from the LGBTQ+ community. They should be allowed to do as they please. America is based on that very freedom, even if I don’t think it’s right, it doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t. Again, I’m not here to judge, I’m here to love. I don’t have control over your life decisions, and I absolutely don’t have any right to treat you any better or worse for your decisions. 

 

Do you think homosexuals go to Hell?

This is what I believe the bible says about the judgment of a homosexual.

Well, I’m going to say the truth about what I believe. Again, I’m not making you believe this, you don’t have to agree, this is simply the answer to the question.

I do believe the bible is saying you are doing something horribly and detrimentally wrong to your eternal life.

I think, first, it would be good to address what “Hell” is. What Christians mean when they say you’re going to hell. This is the reason I don’t ever wish anyone to go to hell, the reason I am so dumbfounded, shocked and so incredibly furious that Christians of all people, people who know exactly what they are saying when they say this- the reason why this:

Makes me so incredibly furious, and far, far more horrified than some dudes kissing. 

“Hell” is the word given to separation from God. It is simply existence outside of Him, and the reason it is so awful is because you were created to be His creation, and separation from Him is nothing. Hell is where your purpose and everything you are is absolutely meaningless. You exist forever without God, without anything, because He created all that you see and live around, apart from him, you would not have any of it. He even created Satan and the demons, so apart from him, there is simply nothing. I don’t say this to scare you or judge you or anything, I am just defining “Hell.” The Bible mentions that God put fire there so that there is some sensation compared to the empty chasm of an existence I imagine it would be. I’m going to take some liberties and say why I think that may be such an uncomfortable experience- if God is so loving- the feeling of true lack of purpose and out-of-placeness as His creation is more painful that any pleasant feeling could drown out, the only distraction may be a physical pain like fire, therefore, in his mercy for even those who didn’t want Him so bad that they denied him- and wanted to be without him forever- he showed mercy and put something as best he could to distract them from the suffering of true nothing. It is quite literally in the worst way I could imagine “nothing” being. No time, no thought, no story, the end. Things don’t go on, it’s just forever desperately alone. It’s torment in the most mental and spiritual way I could imagine.

So, when “Christians” say hell, that’s what they mean.

Yeah, its probably worse than you thought too.

I will say once more, this is not an accusation and an attack. It’s not to “scare you into being Christian”- You have come here for answers on what I believe, I believe the Bible, this is what the bible says.

Now it’s important to talk about why one would end up there. The reason is-

The wages of sin is death– and Death is eternal separation from God.

That’s why in the Old Testament they would have sacrifices to atone for the wage. God gave them this command to keep them closer to Him. To save them from the consequence of their sin. 

But, he promised a savior to save everyone from sin and death- to save us from eternal separation from God. He sent his own son Jesus– Jesus is God and man in one, God’s very nature as man. Fully man and fully God- he came down to teach us the new commands after he would later rise from the dead and be the very sacrifice that we needed to save us from our sins that separated us from Him. Jesus died, went into the depths of Hell- the same empty void I described- and came back out– because you can’t separate God from himself. His sacrifice was the ultimate blood sacrifice needed to atone for all of mankind’s sins. Now, because God himself, the most sinless, (because God can not sin, because sin is separation from God, and you can’t separate God from God-) and the creator himself is perfect, he was enough to pay the price for us.

You wouldn’t go to hell “because you’re gay,” You’d go to hell as in be separate from God, because you were choosing to live in a sin instead of choosing Him. It doesn’t matter what the sin is, It’s the denial of Jesus, His sacrifice, and his commands.

To accept Jesus Christ as the son of God, accepting that he rose from the dead and died for your sins, and living as he commanded and following him as you were created to do- fulfilling your purpose as His, is the difference between “Heaven” and “Hell.” It is someone’s desire to stay in their sin rather than follow God is what separates them from God. They would rather have sin than God. That the denial of His incredibly difficult sacrifice for you (keep in mind- Jesus- who is the Son of God, had died for you- He went to hell Himself and paid the price of your sin- which is what separates you from Him and holds you in Hell)  is the reason people go to Hell, not that they are “punished”  so much as that they will not spend eternity with Him, (by their choice of choosing sin over Him) and will, by default, be separate from him. They do not know Him because they did not follow his commands, and they denied Him and His sacrifice, they will no longer spend time with Him in his blessings and in His creation. It is in following His commands that you learn who He is. You become more like Him, and draw closer to Him. You leave your sin behind you when you follow what He says, when you follow His instruction in the Bible, because it was given to us so we know who He is, how He lived, How he loves, and how to do it all too. He doesn’t expect perfection from us, but to draw us closer. He can not be closer to someone who loves their sin more than Him. The bible says you can not obey “two masters,” God and Sin are different. You get one or the other. God will not take both. 

Also, God doesn’t predestine this. There is disagreement in the church about this, but I believe the majority of the Church believes anyone can be saved, all are loved, and that anyone can turn their life around and come to Christ. So it’s not exclusive. It’s all your decision. But the God in the Bible God invites you to be with him and get to know him. He wants to know you. He wants to know the character he made you to be and grow you and help you with a story that will change you forever. He will be your best friend in all times of trouble and make every day worth your struggle and your pain.  hat is what a Christian believes, and they live it out.

Being a Christian is about the everyday realization that you are not perfect, you never will be, and yet, that is still enough for God to forgive you so much as to die, go to hell, and come back just for you. It makes you want to be more like Him, to do whatever He commands because you feel like you quite literally do owe him your life, and all that you are- but the beauty of it is- that’s what you were created to do all along. You were a character designed with a purpose, with a path of growth he wrote out for you, trials and things will happen to you, God never promised you perfect safety, an easy life, comfort, or satisfaction- He said life would be pretty freaking hard, but he would give you everything you need to make it, and use it all to grow you closer to him.

 

Are Homosexuals saved? Can you be Homosexual and Christian at the same time?

I don’t believe people who actively and willingly participate in homosexual actions are saved. They deny the obvious truths in the Bible. They are knowingly living in sin, and they are doing exactly what God commands us not to do.

Some bible verse that explain this:

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:24

Some background- because I know people like to claim verses about homosexuality are always “Out of context,” this verse is in Romans 1, Paul is talking about God’s coming wrath on humanity, he is describing a generation in which God will judge, describing their actions, and saying that “God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-” this is a prophecy, Paul, the author, was speaking to what God does to societies that are this way. He is writing to the Roman Society in general, I believe particularly also the city of Corinth, but in saying this, it is not a warning to just them- it is a statement of what God does to people who do these things. Paul was actually a Roman- and a Christian persecutor particularly- before God made him blind for three days and lead him to a man who showed him who God was. This passage is in Romans, if you want to read more about it and try to refute this, please do so, and tell me what you find. 

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. 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 is from 1 Corinthians, a series of letters written the church of Corinth, he is teaching them God’s word through these letters. There was a lot of stuff similar to things in our culture today happening in this city. A lot of what Paul (Same guy who wrote Romans) writes in this book speaks to our society today. These are letters written to teach them God’s general word- what Jesus had told them and taught.

I’m not here to tell everyone all these bible verses on why it’s a sin. These are just two out of many and I picked them from the New testament because that is what applies to us today. There is TONS of mention of it in the Old Testament, but so much of that is not to us, but to people of the time because they were under the Old law, which was involving the sacrifices and the complexities before we had a savior. When people use verses out of context, they usually come from there. But We are under the New Law, and pretty much any command to us is stated like this, in the New Testament, which has Jesus’s teachings, an entirely new look on living life compared to the Old Law.

 

If you are interested in reading more on where in the bible it says that that homosexual actions are a sin, this website is always my go to recommendation. They have honest answers and lots of biblical evidence, they’ve answered everything- trust me. I’ve seen the most random questions and they always have answers. You can also ask questions and they will likely write a response. They even talk about pagan religions, witchcraft, even demonic and spiritual things, and more. Divorce, identity, self-care, depression- if you wonder what the Bible has to say on it, chances are they provide good articles giving you the idea of what the bible says on it.
For this specific subject, this is a good article.

https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-homosexuality.html

Or for crying out loud- do your own research instead of reading what people say the bible says- just read the bible for yourself. I recommend a good place to start on the subject is Romans or one of the Corinthians Books. Want to be equipped for an argument about LGBTQ+ rights? Inform yourself. Not gonna lie, a lot of Christians kind of suck with their bible. Get good at it. But, have humility when you’re told your facts are wrong (but like also make sure they are wrong) and improve your argument. I’ll even use this tactic here to make you do your own research- prove me wrong with my own bible. I’m up for the challenge. Do it.

I do believe it is not wrong to struggle with the thoughts and temptations– because we are human- and some sin can not be helped- another reason He died, because there is no way we could ever just “stop,” and I believe the feelings are very real. I do. I personally know close friends who actively struggle with it. It can be tempting to eat cookies from the cookie jar as a kid, but you still knew it was wrong, so you didn’t do it. It’s the same concept, you can be tempted, but it is the strength in defying that temptation that brings you closer to God. 

 

It’s not between me and you. I don’t have feelings about you either way. I’m just supposed to love you. That’s all.

This is a good point to make clear- see how that has literally nothing to do with me? Where I have no place to make any judgments whatsoever about you? It is between you and God. Your sexuality is to do with you and God alone. I am not here to judge your decisions. I believe the bible, and this is what it says, but see how my bible also says it’s none of my business? It’s the commands of God, and I will follow them. My only part in the entire scene is to love you.

Christians, probably 7/10 of them at least (to be frankly honest), will tell you you’re sinning and tell you the consequences of your sin because they care about you. You heard me describe hell. Someone who genuinely loves you would warn you, wouldn’t they? Look at it from their perspective. If you knew something terrible was going to happen to your friend, wouldn’t you warn them? There is a quote I see a lot by Mark Driscoll, it says, “If you’re not Christian, you’re going to hell. It’s not unloving to say that. It’s unloving not to say that.” Wouldn’t you want to be warned if something terrible was coming your way? Christians try to warn others because there is a terrible, terrible price to pay otherwise. They aren’t trying to change you for selfish reasons (most the time) they are genuinely trying to warn you. So, at least be thankful for their friendship, the care they have for you, and try to understand it’s probably not an attack. Maybe talk with them about it. Figure out their intentions and assume the best.

 

Finally, Here’s- in my opinion- the most important verse on this subject. The root of the whole flipping issue and the bible’s- again, in my opinion- strongest stance on it.

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Romans 1:18-32

 

 

Thank you for reading and hearing me out.

So there’s my stance on this. I am very open to discussion. If you have further questions on what I believe or even about Christianity in general, if you want to start a talk about it, You can email me at thebitsymegan@gmail.com or even start texting me at (859) 533-5437. DM me on instagram @the.bitsy.artist, and start talking. I am so happy to discuss this.  Not kidding, you can read this right now at 3 in the morning and actually contact the actual person who wrote this and talk to me, answer any questions that popped in your head and get more answers. Don’t forget, I’m an actual real person.

BUT, I am not happy to fight though. If you do not come into the discussion with humility, facts to your best knowledge that are true, or you come to just chew me out for my beliefs, I will not talk to you any further about the subject.

If you are a Christian and you agree with this, and you have a friend that you are in a discussion with them about this, feel free to share this with them. Do not just randomly send it, do not passive aggressively post it on your social media to attack them, you are allowed and encouraged to share this, (just tag me or let me know somehow so I can see where it goes and keep an eye on it and change it if I ever need too!) But express the love, and I am telling you, you are not allowed to use this to hurt someone. If you are attacking anyone with my words I will not tolerate it. This is to show the Love of God and the very Truth of existence. Speak kindly, always love, and don’t ever stop loving the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Finally, if you have any more questions, I encourage you to pray. You know, even if you don’t feel like you live a “godly life,” or you don’t feel worth of him, as some people do, he will listen. You don’t have to be a “Christian” to pray. If you don’t know how to pray, just start talking to God. It doesn’t have to sound all old-timey “Oh thou that art in heaven” or anything, (Jesus was a jew? Jews have almost nothing to do with old English… so fun fact, it’s all not really related) You can really just be yourself. God designed you as you are and he wants to hear the real, genuine you talking. You’re allowed to feel anything with him. You’re allowed to struggle, you’re allowed to be you. You’re allowed to be angry at him, you’re allowed to feel confused. He thinks things are funny, he designed humor, he made your brain he knows the times- for crying out loud he’ll get your meme references, as stupid as it sounds. But it’s the truth. You don’t have to be afraid to come to God. He loves you, and he wants to know you more.

Once again, You don’t have to believe it all, but this is what I believe, and I want you to feel welcome to understand it. I want you to feel invited and I don’t want you to feel like Christianity is an exclusive thing.