That phrase represents the classic weakness of Christianity, the desire to pass judgement on others.
Love the sinner, hate the sin is, of course, code language for, “I hate gays.” No one says such a thing about the sins of straight people. It is only the “others,” gays.
It would especially by refreshing to see those who “love the sinners”, gays, express their love by supporting what gays need to be accepted as full and equal members of society. Without supporting them, there is no honest way to say there is “love”.
If, as the Bible says, we are all born sinners, the phrase, “love the sinner” makes no sense. The correct expression would be, ” love everyone,” because everyone is a sinner.
I realize, of course, it is mostly impossible for many Christians to see homosexulaity as just another sin. The phrase, “love the sinner” is meant to single out this sin for special demonization, an apocalyptic sin. It says to the homosexual, “Your sin is far worse than mine.”
There is no Biblical basis for believing the homosexual “sin” is worse than other sins. It has simply become thought of in this way because of cultural values of our time. That and, as Jerry Falwell admitted, it’s a money maker.
Another suggestion for a Christian New Year’s Resolution is, “Love the sinner, learn more about those I despise.” Christians might be surprised by the wonderful people they meet.