"Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin"
I don't like the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin". It raises my blood pressure. I find this phrase offensive on so many levels. I think those who use this phrase when referring to my sexual orientation mean well; in fact I think some feel they are being quite generous.
There are people claiming to have the 'bigger picture' or the 'eternal perspective' yet these are often times the most narrow minded individuals.
They claim unconditional love while, at the same time, placing conditions on their love. I think this is where people lean on the 'love the sinner' argument. "I love you BUT...". When someone says "I love you but I don't agree with you", I get it; I think you can love people and not agree with them. However, when someone saying this actually means "I love you but I don't think you deserve the same respect, rights, rewards, etc... that I do; because you are not as righteous as I am." Thinking all the while 'if only you knew what I know'; then I don't get it, I don't agree with it and I get a bit worked up.
Disagree with me, think what you will of me but don't vote to pass legislation putting me and millions of others in a sub-category of people who don't deserve the same dignity, rights and privileges that you do. This is NOT loving the sinner; it's called being a bigot.
When you use this phrase think first. Think about the person you are calling a sinner, then ask yourself if you are really the one on higher ground. When you decide you know what's best because you have an eternal perspective; ask yourself if there is room in your heaven for your judgement.