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posted: 2/13/2014 5:00 AM

Letter missed basic tenets of Christianity

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I'm writing in response to the kindhearted letter posted by Rachel Robb on Feb. 9. The essence of her letter is that people should be at peace with one another regardless of their sexual orientation, and I could not agree with her more.

However, she asks "isn't Christianity all about being a good person" and states that some people believe that "God is against gays." Both of these premises are untrue. The primary tenet of Christianity isn't about being a good person but is about God's infinite love for us; a love so strong that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to give his life for us so that we could be saved from our broken condition. As Christians, we should be so moved by God's love and sacrifice for us that we in turn love our neighbors and long for their salvation.

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God is always reaching out to us, and we can choose to turn to him or away from him. When we do his will as found in the Bible we turn to him; when we sin we turn away from him and do not experience the full life that He desires for us. Knowing that sin distances us from God, Christians cannot endorse a homosexual lifestyle.

The secondary tenet of Christianity is to love our neighbors as ourselves, and we should strive to show this love at all times through serving others, caring for others and speaking the truth in love to others.

Mike McQuade

Palatine

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