The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation
and All-Creatures.Org

Letters and Responses

Letter from Sheila about Responsibility to Love All Creatures - 6 Aug 2006

Hi Frank,

I was reading your article with great interest. Particularly the story about Jim (http://www.all-creatures.org/living/perf-2.html) caught my eye and I wondered about whether you think this applies to the many Christians speaking out so boldly against homosexuality. (There are millions of Jims all over the world, and we need to think about their sensitivities before we say or do anything, for what we do and say will have an effect on their lives. We have a responsibility to all creatures (both human and non-human) and to God to do all things in the perfection of our Father who is in heaven.)

I see a lot of people hardened to Christianity because this is often the peddled sin. It seem to me that we should be more sensitive to this.

I am learning quite a bit from your article though, so thanks.

In Christ,

Sheila

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Sheila:

Thank you very much for writing.

You’re correct in your feelings. While the Bible does tell us that homosexuality is a sin (which is where those Christians stop), it also tells us to love one another, and that love overcomes a multitude of sins. When we learn to love God and the whole of His creation (humans, non-humans, and the environment), we also come to realize that there are many things wrong in this world, and it is far better to love each other into the Kingdom and kingdom living, than it is to fight over someone else’s “problem” while ignoring our own. We need to bring the peace of Jesus Christ into the world.

The only caution that needs to go along with this understanding is that we are not to participate in what we know to be wrong (against the will of God).

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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