This post is not about homosexuality except for to say that the whole debate about it has kept many Christians across both sides of the debate from addressing Christ's true message to all of us.
This wasn't a request. And this was not conditional upon the sexuality of others, nor on the sinful nature of others. This was a commandment from Jesus to each and every one of us. When asked who is my neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus shows that we should be helping and showing mercy to everyone. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells that we should love both our neighbors and our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
Each time we help someone else, we're doing also to Christ. Each time we feed or clothe someone hungry and naked, we are doing Jesus' work. When we take in a stranger, or visit the sick and imprisoned, we are welcoming Christ.
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
And again, I reiterate - this is to be done for all! Christ did not discriminate as to whom He helped, nor did He tell us to discriminate.
I'd go so far as to say the reverse is also true... each time we neglect someone in need, each time we turn away the hungry, each time we turn our backs on the marginalized... we are doing also to Christ.
10 So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” 11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” (Luke 3:10-11)
Nowhere here do I see, "let him give to him who has none... unless of course that person is a homosexual, or a thief, or a murderer, or an adulterer, or someone you just plain don't like."
Let us all drop the petty bickering and focus on Christ. Let us really put our hearts and minds and souls and bodies into the true Gospel of Christ. Jesus came to this earth to teach us how to love. He came to this earth to teach us how to follow Him into His Father's heavenly home. Christ died because of the outpouring of love God had for us - His children.
We were given the gift of the Holy Spirit within us - not to judge and condemn others. Not to ignore others. Not to turn our backs on the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the marginalized, the needy.
God gave us these gifts out of love. Let us not turn our backs on that love by ignoring the commandment set before us...