Advice

On loving the sinner

I recently came out as a lesbian. My Christian friends keep telling me they “love the sinner, hate the sin,” but ugh. Help, Coquette! How do I explain to them?

Explain what, exactly? You’re a lesbian. That’s it. No further explanation needed. Stop feeling responsible for other people’s irrational belief systems. They’re the ones who are wrong, and quite frankly, they’re the ones who owe you a explanation.

Besides, anyone who throws around a thought terminating clich√© as self-righteous as “love the sinner, hate the sin” is guaranteed to have a very narrow, self-serving interpretation of the concept of sin. Even within the limited philosophy of their own ridiculous religion, they’re missing the point.

I suppose you could challenge their concept of sin within the context of contemporary Christianity, but why bother? At the end of the day, they’re still gonna believe that Jesus makes a frowny face up in heaven whenever you enjoy a little hot girl-on-girl action.

There’s no explaining to people who think like that.

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