“And here is what I believe it means to be reborn: The first time you’re born, you identify the people in the room as your family. The second time you’re born, you identify the whole world as your family. Christianity is not about joining a particular club; it’s about waking up to the fact that we are all in the same club. Every last one of us. So avoid discussions about who’s in and who’s out at all costs. Everybody’s in, baby…. So when they tell you that gay people are a threat to marriage, honey, think hard.” – Momastery
Let’s contrast Momastery’s rather bold statement with what Scripture says.
“Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “ John 3:3-6
Nicodemus asked how he could be reborn and Jesus answered. Essentially Jesus is saying, unless you are reborn/“saved” you can’t be right with God. That to me is a pretty clear statement: not everybody is “in”. To be reborn/become a “child of God” is not a gift bestowed on everyone. Who has that gift?
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:11-12
To become God’s child is not a given. There is a requirement. Receive Jesus, believe in His name and become a child of God. You can’t become something you already are. Does the Scripture say those who are homosexual can never become a child of God? Let me counter that with some other questions: Can God save a drunk? How about someone who always wants what belongs to others (someone who covets)? Will God allow people who have cheated into His family? Is there any hope for a person who has committed adultery or had sex outside of marriage?
“No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:8-11
This passage was written to the Corinthian believers. Such were some of you. Homosexuality is included. So yes, I believe God’s family will have people who were homosexuals, just as I believe there will be those who were covetors, drunkards, adulterers, cheaters, and the list goes on. Why do I believe this? The Bible clearly states it. Once a person receives Jesus’ gift of salvation, God no longer views them as a covetor, cheater, etc. because:
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him[Jesus].” Romans 5:9
Justified means being declared innocent. None of us deserve to be declared innocent before God, yet He made a way for us to be justified. However, being declared innocent does not give us the right to live however we want to. God has called us out of our ways and into His way.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2
Once we are reborn we are to identify with God’s ways because we are His children. To be reborn is not to identify the whole world as your family. However, there is the issue of love. It’s important to understand that loving people and being reborn are two different categories. I think I see where Momastery was trying to go with her comment of “everybody’s in”. Here is my assumption: everybody is to be loved. That I would agree with. Jesus called us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Good Samaritan parable points out that a good neighbor is someone who helps others. We are to be good neighbors to all.
“…Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37.
However, loving everybody and saying that everybody is “in” are two totally different concepts. We are all God’s creation but not all are a part of His family. This is key in our understanding of the gospel. To be reborn is to be saved from God’s wrath. Salvation[being reborn] is a gift to be received.
Upon receiving salvation you become a child of God, a part of His family. Love is an action we, as His children, are commanded to follow. Who do we love? Love your enemies (Matt 5:44) Love one another (1 John 4:7-8). That pretty much excludes…. no one. So in that sense no one is out. No one is to be excluded from love. Once “in” the family of God, we are called to love all.
So is everybody in?
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12
Are we as Christians called to love everybody?
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
What does love look like? Can we really love someone when we disagree with them? Does love always support every belief and action? That’s what we need to look at next.