You’d have to be living under a rock to have never noticed the “God Hates Gays” signs shown across social media and the news. It’s a common accusation thrown in the face of Christians that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, the opposite is true—God loves gays. That’s why he offers salvation to them along with everyone else in the world who is willing to repent of their sins. Why would the God of the universe sacrifice His son in order to rescue those he hates? Simple answer: He wouldn’t. And former homosexual Becket Cook is evidence.
Becket Cook was a gay man who had relocated from Dallas, Texas to Hollywood, California to pursue a career in show business. He started his new Hollywood adventure by writing and working on several creative projects before he landed a job in set design.
Chatting with celebrities, hanging out with powerful people, and traveling the world were perks of his job. Living in an area that welcomed homosexuals and looked at their lifestyle as normal was perfect for Cook. He had it all, yet still fought feelings of emptiness.
Fast forward to a day when he noticed a group of Bible-carrying Christians at a coffee shop in Los Angeles. He decided to have a little fun with the group and approached them for a discussion. “Are you guys, like Christians?” he asked. “So, like, what do you believe?”
The group answered politely and Cook indulged their conversation. After a few hours the question of homosexuality came up and the Christians candidly shared that they believed it was a sin. Interestingly, Cook was not turned off. “I appreciated their frankness,” he said.
Cook mentioned that the group had invited him to church and he told them he would think about. “Sure enough, I found myself the following Sunday driving to this evangelical church,” he said. “I had never been to one in my life, I didn’t even know what it was.”
As Cook listened to the sermon that week, his nervousness turned to fascination. “I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat during the sermon. I didn’t want him to leave, I wanted to hear more,” he proclaimed. The following is Cook’s intense recollection of God’s love descending upon his heart:
“I was sitting in my seat, processing everything and all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit floods my body my mind, everything and God just reveals himself to me. It was like the road to Damascus moment. God’s like ‘I’m real. Jesus is my Son. He’s real. Heaven’s real, hell is real. You are now adopted into my Kingdom. You are my child now.’ And I was so blown away I couldn’t stop crying for the rest of the time. I was crying because of two things: the joy of meeting God and my sin. It was my most intense cry since I was an infant.”
Cook said he knew that his “life as a gay man was over.” He remarked, “I knew that’s not who I was.”
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Our sin does not stop God’s love for us. The way you live your life is a reflection of your heart. If you have sin in your heart, sin will manifest itself in your behavior. But God’s love soldiers on.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves the murderer, the adulterer, the abuser, the drunkard, and the prideful.
And God loves gays. He loves them so much that he refuses to allow their sin to destroy them and rob them of the joy that can be found in Jesus. The only thing that’s empty when a person submits to the cross is the tomb. Your dead heart can be resurrected as well if you repent and acknowledge Christ.