Open letter to airbnb.com

Dear Airbnb,

As of November 1 (tomorrow), you are requiring that every member of the airbnb community agree to a “Community Commitment” that includes this wording:

I agree to treat everyone in the Airbnb community—regardless of their…sexual orientation…without judgment or bias.

Airbnb’s new nondiscrimination policy expands on this, stating that:

  • “Airbnb hosts may not…Decline a guest based on…sexual orientation…or marital status.”
  • “Airbnb hosts may not…Impose any different terms or conditions based on…sexual orientation…or marital status.”
  • “Airbnb hosts may not…make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any guest on account of…sexual orientation…or marital status.”

But God declares that homosexuals as well as fornicators will face His wrath if they do not repent…

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. (Ephesians 2:3)

Many Christians, including myself, believe that by knowingly hosting a fornicating or sodomizing couple in my home I would be approving of their sin. This would neither be glorifying to God nor loving to the couple. Everyone will one day face the judgment seat of Christ, and so when we see our neighbor in sin we have a duty to tell him of his danger. Seeing someone in danger and failing to warn him is not loving. Failing to warn someone is bad enough, but promising not to warn him is worse. It’s so unloving.

You say that “Bias, prejudice…and hatred have no place on our platform or in our community” — yet you show bias, prejudice, and hatred against fornicators and homosexuals when you attempt to require the Christians to be silent regarding the sin that’s holding these dear souls in bondage.

Also, to imply that any word against homosexuality or fornication amounts to “prejudice rooted in misconception, misinformation, or misunderstanding” as your new policy does is disrespectful to those who love homosexuals and fornicators and desire to see them come to repentance and be saved from the wrath of God.

I will not be agreeing to the “Community Commitment,” and I will be looking for another platform that doesn’t require me to promise not to love my neighbor. We have enjoyed our stays at Airbnb locations in Chicago, Michigan, and Indiana.

Sadly,
Daniel Meyer

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