Thank you for the questions:)
a) how will you start the discussion if they have a different worldview aside from Christianity?
I probably won’t focus much on having “discussions” on homosexuality with non-Christian friends because that is not where I usually start when I am trying to share the gospel. Jesus points out that we are all sexually broken and it manifests in different ways. Therefore, I will talk with a non-believer who is same-sex-attracted in the same way I talk with someone who is having premarital sex. I might talk about the sense of dissatisfaction with pursuing sexual desires if it appropriate, or I might start with the anxiety the person has in life and how Jesus can bring peace and security with his love. My primary goal is not to change the person’s mind on sexuality (although this might come later) but to introduce the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
b) will you be having a different approach if you are talking with a relative, to a friend and to a stranger?
I think it would be wise to discern how much you should focus on the topic based on the relationship and the time you have for the conversation. It would be unwise and even potentially dangerous to assume that you can explain the Christian understanding of homosexuality in just 30 seconds. I would like to ask about their background stories and their experiences on the issue to see how best I can introduce Jesus.
c) how are you going to deal with a rebelling Christian living up the homosexual lifestyle
Again, I will try to treat a Christian with same-sex attraction in the same way I treat a Christian who is having sexual relationships outside of marriage, including premarital sex, pornography, or adultery. I would invite them to see how the Bible teaches us about these issues and journey with them to choose Jesus over them. For Christians, it is about how we can do discipleship, and it takes ongoing encouragement from the Christian community.
With the recent pandemic concern for COVID-19 /ncov (or for any future global scale problem)
A) how are you going to approach Christians who claims that this is the judgement of God against the non-believers
Hmm, that’s really interesting. I personally have not come across such Christians, but the fact that there are a number of Christians who are suffering from the virus seems to suggest that is not the case.
B) what kind of conversation starter can you do for those who have different worldview
There were some people who said the huge earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in the northern part of Japan a few years ago was the judgment of God, and they were probably not Christians. It is interesting how those who do not necessarily believe in a monotheistic God still fear the judgment of God, but their idea seems to be different from the God of the Bible.
In Luke 13, Jesus talks about Galileans the whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He says, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” This seems to suggest that some people experience severe suffering, not necessarily because they are more sinful than others. I think we can see the same principle in the life of those who suffered from earthquakes or viruses. Let’s say for the sake of argument that they were actually more sinful and other people, then how can we ever tell? Only God is the Judge, and we should never play God and talk about things we do not know.
Our friends are still curious as to what kind of
Chicken rice is the one you like, and which is the best one you can find in SG
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice was good:)