I posted on fb a bit about JC Penney coming out saying they were closed on Thanksgiving (unlike Walmart and Target, et. al. who are choosing to open their doors on turkey day).
A dear, sweet Christian friend private messaged me to tell me that JC Penney has a history of "coming out." She wanted to inform me that JCP openly supports gay marriage and uses gays in adverts.
If you know me, then you know my history, and you know the difficult line that people like me walk when many Christians attach a status of leprosy to gays. I want to tell them, "Don't worry, you can't catch it!"
My cousin was gay and died of AIDS two years ago. My best friend growing up came out gay. Having lived in San Francisco for many years, I have many gay friends, some of whom are married.
I don't condone their lifestyle, but at the same time I know them as humans. I love them as God as told us to love all sinners. They know I'm a Christian, and they know my beliefs. I try to be the best example of a Christ-follower to them because they hear so much hate preached against them from Christians, who were told by Jesus to love their fellow man.
I think that's the important part that most Christians miss. Jesus was clear:
1. Love God
2. Love Your Fellow Man.
We don't have to love what people do, we have to love people. We are to love people where they are. We don't have to support sins, but we have to love those THAT sin.
After all, aren't we ALL sinners?