When we go to a Little League game in order to see our own children or grandchildren play and see a lesbian couple cheering on their son, we need to overcome the isolationist instincts to stay away from that couple. To the contrary, we need to sit alongside them, thankful that we have the unearned opportunity to establish a friendship and a relationship with people we know need the gospel of Jesus Christ–the same gospel we need.
This means that we must continually test and check our moral intuitions, sentiments, and reflexes over against the clear teachings of Scripture. Friendship with a person does not minimize the sinfulness of his or her sin or compromise the cross. Christian faithfulness in our generation demands that we allow ourselves to genuinely love people even when we cannot endorse their lifestyle, grant recognition to the relationship they believe they deserve, or sanction their sin. Both love and truth are essential as we establish a right relationship with our neighbors in a way that consists with our ultimate commitment to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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