US Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has advised Christians to remain friends with gay and lesbian people while disapproving of their sex lives – saying a disagreement over the morality of same-sex conduct isn’t a reason to end a friendship.
‘You don’t turn the light out just because you disagree with somebody,’ Robertson said on Wednesday during a broadcast of his show The 700 Club.
‘The Lord’s not going to punish you for having homosexuals as your friends. But I do think that when you read the Bible very carefully, homosexuality is condemned.’
‘We got a society now that doesn’t want to condemn it all. But the Bible does, very clearly.’
Robertson had been responding to a viewer’s question about two friends who had recently revealed that they were gay.
The viewer said that he believed that same-sex activity was a sin but found the men to be otherwise trustworthy and morally upstanding and wanted to know if he could remain friends with them.
‘Will God punish me for associating with them? Should I continue being friends with them, even though they are gay?’ the viewer had asked.
Robertson also said it would be almost impossible today for Christians to try to segregate themselves from having to interact with gays and lesbians in some way.
‘There are some very, very creative homosexual people,’ Robertson said.
‘They’re in the fashion industry, they’re in design, they’re in various types of creative arts. And you would almost need to leave the world not to associate with folks like that.’
Robertson said the best approach that Christians should take is to try to set an example for gays and lesbians by how they live their lives.