These words take on meanings based upon the times in which they are coined. Some of what we used to deem as offensive terms are now held in great honor and distinction. It is an alphabet soup with LGBTQI A a list of terms that seem to change with the seasons.
It is so much the fact that to even hint at disagreement can render one’s career and reputation in shambles. Even families members will denounce their own as narrow minded, bigoted and out of touch with present day thinking.
I am proud to say that I am not a homophobe. I am a homophile.
What does that mean? Well it means to me at least, that I am not fearful of those who choose or claim a lifestyle that is contrary to the things I hold dear and believe to be true. It means I can actually embrace the person, without embracing, nor endorsing the lifestyle.
I am not a homophobe. I am a homophile. I love mankind because God loves mankind. At the same time, I do not adhere to the notion that to believe contrary to the majority opinion is wrong. I am allowed to think. God gave me that.
Indeed no matter how widespread the opinions maybe, or how highly respected the one who holds the opinion, I am no more obliged to agree with them, nor they with me. The point is not whether we agree with each other, but do we agree with God. God commands and expects me to love everyone. He does not command nor expect me to embrace, nor endorse their lifestyles.
Each of us must answer to God about our views on these issues. I would much rather be held in derision by mankind, than by God. It is a gamble I know. I know how to love mankind, without loving the lifestyles they choose. That is homophile, not homophobe.
Acts 5:29 King James Version (KJV) 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men