This does not need to be about choosing between God and your friend.
When it comes to the gay issue, the simplest way to think about the church's attitude is to consider three views:
- "The world thinks gay relationships are OK, so the church should too."
- "Being gay is a sin therefore Christians should condemn gay people."
- "The Bible teaches that gay relationships are sinful. However, people who identify themselves as gay are very much loved by God and should be encouraged to get to know Him better - just like anyone else."
These three views are discussed further below: