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A Message of Hope and Love

Since I consider myself, more or less, a Christian conservative, I'd like to respond to the column by Naveen Sunkavally '01, "The Real Right-Wing Conspiracy" from the Oct. 20 issue of The Tech. I can't speak for Trent Lott, the Christian Coalition, or the Family Research Council, nor do I know the details and facts behind the accusations Sunkavally made against those groups.

But there is something far more important to me which I must defend - those truths and beliefs which I, as a Christian, hold dear. It seems that, to many, and to Sunkavally, Christians are a group of people who like to persecute homosexuals. And to the extent that this is true, I would like to apologize to all who have been hurt by such actions. But to clarify the issue, according to the Bible, homosexual relations are indeed a sin. The same goes for premarital sex, adultery, lying, cheating, and a host of other things. And we could all very easily get bogged down in a horrendously long list of do's and don'ts.

Of course, it is both desirable and commendable to live according to these Biblical rules, but the Bible's message is not one of condemnation, but one of hope and redemption - God loves us, and forgives us, no matter what we've done. And when it comes to what we, as Christians, are to do with our lives, there's a simple summary, a "necessary and sufficient" condition for the life of a Christian: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). That simple statement, "love your neighbor as yourself," sums up everything that I and (I would hope) Christians everywhere believe and act out in their relationship with the rest of the world.

Those who would use the Bible to support malicious action against homosexuals are simply unjustified - as Jesus said to those who would condemn an adulteress woman, "let him who is without sin cast the first stone" (John 8:7). So while it is true that I will never tell a homosexual that he can practice homosexuality with a clear conscience, I will (by the grace of God) never hate him, persecute him, or punish him for what he does, but love him, and think of his interests as much as I do my own. For I, in a sense, am no better than he - I am sinful, and far from perfect, finding hope only in God's forgiveness.

Our calling is to care for and love others, not to hate and persecute them. If Christians really are persecuting, punishing, and enforcing intolerance towards the homosexuals in our nation, as Sunkavally claims, that is tragic - because we are then failing at our most important mission, our most central goal. We then deserve to be called no more than hypocrites. But here's a parting thought - if God really does exist, and the Bible really is His message to us, a message saying that He cares for us, will forgive us our faults, and invites us to join Him in paradise, if only we accept Him - is that not good news, despite the fact that we Christians may sometimes mess up and get a little over-zealous in our enthusiasm to share it?

David E. Robison '99