“The sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin.” – Pope Pius XII
“To love is to will the good of another” – St. Thomas Aquinas
The massive show of support for Chik-fil-A brought some criticism from Christians who felt that the event ultimately would do more harm than good to the Christian witness to the LGBT community. However, a major component of this criticism is that the gay community perceives such public shows of support for true marriage to be “hate” and thus those taking part in Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day were not following the command to “love your neighbor.” The charge is that Christians are too busy “hating the sin” to “love the sinner.” While this argument may make other good points, on this particular issue it is in error, because the author has a faulty understanding of love.
What is Love? As the above quote from the Angelic Doctor states, “to love is to will the good of another.” The highest end and greatest good of man is to be united to God in the Beatific Vision. Man is fallen, and cannot achieve this end on his own. Christ came, and died for us, that we might be saved. How can we be saved? “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins.” Further, St. Paul tells us that no one who persists in sin (“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, …” 1 Corinthians 6:9) will be saved.
Homosexual acts (though not the orientation itself, that is merely disordered) are condemned as gravely sinful by the Bible. As long as the LGBT community maintains that such acts are not sinful or wrong, and any opposition to such acts is hate, their salvation is an unlikely prospect. To promote or fail to refute the proposition that Christianity condones homosexual acts will endanger the souls of many same-sex attracted individuals, and is thus gravely contrary to love. We can debate about the wisdom of the Huckabee-led Chik-fil-A Day. But if sinners take umbrage when we condemn their evil actions, we may not back down merely for the sake of their feelings. Immortal souls are at stake.