Does God Love Sinners?
And behold a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Luke 7:37,38
The question should be, do we as Christians love sinners? In light of the recent protests by an independent Baptist church that pickets the funerals of service men and rants and raves against homosexuals I was moved to pose this very important question, "Does God love sinners"? Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ."
What a sad commentary for the children of God because the world supposes that like Father, like son, in other words God is just like us! Christ died for the ungodly, the profane, the child molester, murderers, rapists and even homosexuals, but we treat them as though they are the scum of the earth. I receive emails every day from Christians who profess to hate everybody from Obama to illegal aliens.
It seems that we have thrown rocks at just about everyone that doesn't look and smell the same as we or doesn't fit our specific people group. The way we act must be an inherited trait so in my estimation God must hate sinners. After all in the Old Testament He killed thousands of sinners and even on occasion His own people when they sinned so whats the big deal today if He strikes down a few million scum bags who don't deserve eternal life with the rest of us!
I asked a friend of mine one time if he thought God would forgive Adolf Hitler for his war crimes and the execution of six million Jews if he repented and cried out for forgiveness. The man was stunned that I would even ask the question, he said, "Of course not, because the sin was too grievous and Hitler was too wicked." But what do you say, would God forgive him?
To answer the question one must take a hard look at the very nature and character of God. In order to see God's true nature one must look at the Son who is the image and likeness of the Father. In the above mentioned scripture Jesus is approached by a sinner, most likely a prostitute while having lunch in a Pharisee's home. For a strange woman to approach a Jewish man in this manner was bad enough but for a prostitute to do so was an abomination.
Jesus told the Pharisees that those who are forgiven much, love much and this woman of questionable character, a sinner was worthy to be forgiven and saved by the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus to the amazement of the religious crowd. It didn't matter what the woman had done, what mattered to Jesus was that she came to ask for forgiveness and mercy and she received it, her sins were forgiven and her soul was saved because the Son of the living God forgave her.
I believe revival and restoration is being withheld from the church because of its judgmental attitude toward sinners and its hatred toward those that don't fit their mold. God loves sinners and receives all who would come to Him for forgiveness, even Adolf Hitler, Osama Ben Laden, illegal aliens, terrorists and even Barack Obama! Everyone is welcome at the Father's table, that is except those that refuse to love and forgive those that are not deemed worthy by them to receive.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16,17