I recently spoke at Campus Crusade for Christ at Duke University. I was invited to blog my answers to students’ questions. Below is my answer to one such question.
Question: So do you think it is possible to “hate the sin and love the sinner” or would you see this as “one dimensional.” (Note: In my presentation, I referred to our engagement of the gay community as one-dimensional.)
Great question! I believe that all clichés are one-dimensional and thus ineffective. What I do find to be effective and redemptive is for each of us to love all sinners and hate our own sins. If we hate our own sins more, we might not be so distracted by the sins of others. If we hate our own sins more, we might actually abide in Christ at a depth that HE would multiply the power of the Gospel to call other sinners to forsake their sins too. Only HE can do this work, but we can do our part. I struggle enough to live this out. How about you?