If any question starts with, “Does God hate…”, the answer will always be NO. God does not hate. God is love. (1 John 4:8)
But sometimes love hurts.
Have you ever been in love with someone who does not love you back; or worse, is in love with someone else? You can’t stop yourself from loving them, and it causes you pain. Love hurts.
God loves us and sometimes we do things that hurt Him, but He continues to love us.
I think our main problem is that we’ve turned the homosexuality conversation into a debate. A debate is simply an argument between two sides that is concluded with one side being “right” and one side being “wrong”. If the bible has taught me anything, it’s that we are all wrong:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23
I saw a picture recently of a man holding a sign that said, “What Jesus said about homosexuality: ____________”. Technically, Jesus never used the word homosexuality but he did talk about staying away from sexual immorality (Matthew 15:19-20). But, then again, we begin a debate because some people believe that homosexuality isn’t immoral. See, when we turn this topic into a debate, it becomes an us vs. them thing.
Homosexuality is such a “hot button” issue because it can quickly divide people. However, the issue of homosexuality will never be resolved in telling the other side what Jesus does, or does not say to do; it will only find a resolve when we are doing what Jesus tells us to do. Jesus tells us to love and encourage one another. (Note that Jesus did not tolerate or accept sin – in His love, He laid down His life; He gave up his comfort to free us all from our sin.)
Here are my final thoughts: God does not want just your private parts, He wants your whole heart. I think that if we strive to give God our whole heart, and encourage others to do the same – regardless of the outcome – I think we will make Jesus happy.