It's hard for Christian politicians (and Christians in general) to talk about showing love to the LGBT community. You can be seen as being "soft" on what the Bible says about homosexuality or as someone trying to please the PC crowd. But Senator Marco Rubio, who recently lost the bid for Republican presidential nominee, says that loving gay people is the true way to follow the Bible, reports the Christian Post.
At a recent Rediscovering God conference in Orlando, Rubio told pastors to abandon judgment and instead listen to the gay community. "In order to love people you have to listen to them. You have to understand their perspective, their hopes and their dreams and their fears and their pain," Rubio said.
"To love our neighbors, we must abandon a spirit of judgment. Do not judge or you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged. And with a measure you use it will be used to measure you. And we should remember not to ignore the plank in our own eye," Rubio continued.
Rubio spoke to the notion that God's judgment was coming soon, mainly for America's embrace of homosexuality. "As if somehow, God was willing to put up with adultery, and gluttony, and greed and pride, but now, this is the last straw," he said. And to those who would see his stance as watering down the Bible, Rubio said, "Abandoning judgment and loving our LGBT neighbors is not a betrayal of what the Bible teaches, it is a fulfillment of it."
Rubio offered an apology on behalf of himself and his Christian community: "And if any of us, myself included, in any way, have ever made anyone feel that Christianity wants nothing to do with them, then I believe deeply that we have failed deeply to represent our Lord Jesus Christ who time and again went out of his way to reach out to the marginalized and to the forgotten of his time."
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