In regard to your article" Jesus and the Chick-fil-A Ordeal" Friday August 3, 2012, there are two or three statements you make that I question.
You say, and I quote: "If homosexuality is such an issue, why doesn't Jesus make mention of it anywhere in the Gospels?" Sir, have you not read Matthew 19:4-6: "And He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male (Greek-arsen [man]) and female (Greek thelus [woman]) and said 'For this cause shall a man (arsen) leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife (gune-female, woman) and the two shall be one flesh."
What Jesus does is to go back "to the beginning" (Genesis 2:24)- "Therefore shall a man (Hebrew=ish, man, male) leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife (ishshah, woman, female) and they shall be one flesh."
Mr. Phillips, you ask in your article: "If Christians are so concerned about gays and lesbians because of what they perceive as sinful behavior why is that behavior treated any worse than any other sinful behavior?
First of all, it is not a "perception". The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. Every time it is mentioned in the Bible it is identified as a sin-there are no exceptions (I Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:21-32). Jesus says (Luke 13:3) that unless one "repent" (Greek-metanoeo) means to turn from, forsake, have another mind toward, take another road) we shall perish. Every time homosexuality is addressed in the Bible it is condemned, "a sin that must be forgiven and forsaken or it will lead to death (Romans 6:23-death-Greek-thanatos-separation from God).
In John 8, a woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus. He forgives her of her sin and says to her (versell) "go and sin no more (The Greek reads "go and commit this sin no more). He says the same to every sinner (including homosexuals).
The Bible does not describe homosexuality as a "greater" sin than any other sin. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is one of the many sins listed in I Corinthians 6:9-10 (verse 9- "effeminate-Greek=makaros-homosexual perversion). According to the Bible God's forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer or thief. God also promises the strength for victory to all those who will obey His word (Proverbs 8:13) and make Jesus Christ Savior and Lord of his life (Romans 6:23).
As Christ loved and had compassion for all people, so must we. But, if the Bible says it is wrong, we must say likewise. Though we hate the sin, we must love the sinner. Christ did; enough to die for him. We as Christians dare not love him less.
Dr. Fred G. Lackey, Pastor
Westside Baptist Church, Jasper