Does God Hate the LGBTQ Community?

God's Unconditional Love for Everyone

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The topic of homosexuality brings up a lot of questions for Christian teens, one of which is, "Does God hate homosexuals?" This question can especially come to mind when you see inflammatory news and social media reports. But it may also come up in discussions with other teens. You may wonder whether Christians will accept you if you are gay or you may wonder how you should behave towards people you believe are gay or lesbian.

God Does Not Hate Anyone

First, it is important for Christian teens to understand that God does not hate anyone. God created each and every person's soul and wants each to turn to Him. God may dislike certain behaviors, but He loves each and every person. In reading the Bible it becomes clear that God wants each and every person to come to Him and believe in Him. He is a loving God.

The persistence of God's love for each person is beautifully expressed by Jesus in the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:11-14:

“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish."

All Are Sinners But God's Love Is Unconditional

However, some people mix up God's dislike of certain behaviors with the people themselves, so they may say that God hates homosexuals. These people are of the belief that homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes and that a marriage union is only acceptable if it is between a man and a woman.

Yet, we are all sinners, Christian and non-Christian teens alike, and God loves us all. Every single person, homosexual or not, is special in God's eyes. Sometimes it is about our own views of our behaviors that lead us to believe we are less special in God's eyes. But God doesn't give up on you, He always loves you and wants you to love Him.

If you are of a denomination that has deemed homosexuality as a sin, you may be faced with guilt about your same-sex attraction. However, it is your own guilt that makes you think that God loves you less.

In fact, God loves you just as much. Even if you do not believe homosexuality is a sin, there are sins that make God sad. He may weep over our sins, but it is only out of love for each and every one of us. His love is unconditional, meaning He does not require us to be a certain way or do certain things to earn His love. He loves us despite the things we may do.