Honoring the Homosexuals

29 05 2008

Yesterday I read a news article from BBC News that said Berlin, Germany had “inaugurated a 600,000 euro concrete memorial to honour the thousands of homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.” This monument contains a hole that you can look into to see a video that replays two men kissing.

Today I was reading in my quiet time out of 1 Peter 2:17 that says, Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” Honoring everyone includes homosexuals, but I’m pretty sure that God doesn’t mean for us to honor them by erecting a monument like Berlin did.  Yet, honoring is more specific than the general “love your neighbor” that you’ll always hear.  So what is our responsibility when it comes to honoring people like the homosexuals?

Let me first say that honoring doesn’t mean that we accept what they practice or respect their opinions. Honoring means that we respect them as a person who is made in the image of Christ, and who is just as lost and in sin as we were before Christ changed us.  Honoring them means we don’t belittle them or shun them from our presence, but rather we are to love them as we would want to be loved.

I want to honor those who died in the Holocaust, not because they were homosexuals who suffered, but because they were human beings who were unjustly treated.

Going along with this topic is a great sermon by Thabiti Anyabwile on “Bearing the Image.”

Does anyone have any more thoughts to add to this?

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