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If a social issue like homosexuality is only viewed as a sin by the church community, then this is a problem since belief inform actions, and in this case people have and most likely will only ever perceive homosexuals as intentional sinners
and be almost entirely ignorant of the kinds of struggles that one would face as a homosexual internally and in mainstream society, let a lone a culture that knows almost nothing about sexual identity.
I don't agree that all homosexuals are looking for sympathy I'd say more so equal treatment.
I think the direction that was very apparent, at least in the life of Jesus was acceptance.
So regardless if people who are not heterosexual walk into the church once or twice a month/year or regularly, who want to be apart of the community and may not necessarily follow the doctrine to the letter, they should at least be given the same treatment as everyone else.
I'm also advocating for some education on this topic because it isn't easy to welcome and accept people who aren't understood. And the 'understanding' part of it isn't easy for some either.
The education means learning about sexuality, the struggles that people face in society so that we can be more accommodating to people.
I haven't been arguing that people should be given free pass to sin, I'm saying lets give them a free pass to a community where they don't have to feel bad about themselves.
Obviously the church teaches the homosexuality is a sin, OBVIOUSLY. But you don't need to remind people, they KNOW.
Like you say let god's grace work but at least give people a place they can turn to when the world is getting them down.