THE EDITOR, Sir:
Regarding your letter of the day dated August 12, ‘Love your gay boys’, the writer, Ricardo Smalling, got the sentiment right but got the meaning of the quoted scripture wrong. Indeed, Matthew 25:40 does tell us,
“Whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you do for Me.”
But, who are Jesus’ brothers? Paul tells us in Hebrews 3:1: “… Holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest whom we confess – Jesus.” So holy brothers are going to heaven to inherit God’s kingdom.
Conversely, we are told in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
“Do you not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men, nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit God’s kingdom.”
Homosexuals will not inherit God’s kingdom unless they put away homosexuality. “And yet that is what some of YOU were.
But YOU have been washed clean, but YOU have been sanctified, but YOU have been declared righteous in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
The command at Matthew 22:39 – love your neighbour as yourself – certainly applies to gay boys, so we should not hate them.
A fair enough letter seemingly avoiding the castigations and abominations but the writer makes it clear where she stands, if more of the discourse from the Christian community was more civil we would have reached much further towards some better understanding.
Peace and tolerance