There is a very clear distinction between choosing to engage in the homosexual lifestyle, and attempting to force an unwilling populace to accept the redefinition of marriage. I’ll refer to these two bodies of intelligent created beings as “my gay friends” and “the Agenda.” My gay friends have freely opted for the marvelous divine gift of free will, whereas the Agenda seeks to force its will upon others – not unlike the Grand Inquisitors, or those that would force the Infidel to convert or die. No, no, it’s really not as extreme a characterization as one might think. After all, Christians believe God’s Word to be the Truth, and a short look at Romans 1 leaves us without any doubt about homosexuality.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
As natural as it is for us to imagine that homosexuality is inherently pure and a wholesome form of sexual expression, as I said before*, there are much more profound truths that are revealed to us through the consistent reading of His Word, and we accept and honor its simpler truths in favor of a deeper revealed understanding of our Creator. For us to reject scripture in part is to reject it in full, to reject God’s Word is a matter of sin, and the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). Okay, pause. God is forgiving, and He is faithful and just to forgive our sin (1 John 1:9), but I’m certain we cannot consistently, knowingly sin unrepentantly, and expect forgiveness. So we die by the hand of the Agenda-driven Inquisitor, the slow painful death of acceptance by non-resistance or force. Or we reject a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith which is that God’s Word is Truth. If we accept only the convenient parts, then we are lukewarm, and Revelations 3:16 tells us “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” We don’t much relish the prospect of being spit, or vomited, as in the New King James version. It’s all or nothing, and nothing is unthinkable.
The good news is, most of us accept our gay friends and their sexual orientation as a natural part of our human condition, and it’s okay to accept God’s gift of free will. After all, what fun, where’s the magic, how much spiritual growth is there in a God who demands our cringing, unwilling surrender? The bad news is, the Agenda, like a bloody scourge, has unleashed its unrelenting profligacy and reckless abandon into every segment of society, and yes, is demanding our cringing, unwilling surrender.
We appreciate the creative talents of gay artists and designers, and we enjoy friendships, and are entertained by some very intelligent and sensitive people in the gay community. Most of us would rather have Bill and Brad, rather than Betty Lou and Bubba for neighbors. But the monster that is raging through our school halls and legislative chambers has got to be stopped. When terrorists committed attacks on the United States, many people wondered where the American Muslim community was. Why didn’t they condemn these attacks? In the same way, the Agenda is committing regular acts of terrorism on the faith community, demonstrating complete intolerance for their belief in God and His Word, and utter disregard for America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage. Where are our gay friends? Why don’t they condemn these attacks?
Our politicians have become willing accomplices in these regular acts of terrorism. Despite 30 states voting down gay marriage by referendum, which is a measure placed on the ballot to be put to a popular vote, state lawmakers are trying to legislate gay marriage by force. But there are many reasons why gay marriage is a really, really bad idea.
1. The matter of civil liberties.
Government did not give us marriage, and yet it proposes to redefine it. When government forces people of faith to extend a God-ordained institution to people outside the faith, or to people unwilling to abide by the faith as set forth in Scripture and the Ku’ran, it will violate people’s civil liberties. When a minister refuses to marry a gay couple, it is very likely his church will lose its tax-exempt status. Following the slippery slope, will he, in due course, be subject to fines or imprisonment?
2. The public health issue.
Promoting agendas or lifestyles of primarily affected populations in the midst of a deadly epidemic with no known cure is extremely irresponsible at best.
3. Another drain on taxpayers.
Since gays would be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual married couples, there would be an instantaneous mountain of debt the state and you as taxpayer will incur, as a result. At least in New York State, spending, Medicaid spending and fraud are way out of control, and need to be reigned in before adding a whole new group of beneficiaries to the already heavily overburdened taxpayers.
4. …and again, the moral issue.
“God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” One need only look at medical descriptions of biological incompatibilities concerning delicate inner membranes, of which I don’t intend to describe here, to understand why these things are not fitting. But God doesn’t reject people for their sexual orientation, He rejects them for their denial of Him. I believe Christians make a grave mistake when they condemn homosexuals for their sin, as though it’s worse than their own adultery, their pride or gossip. Rather than making issue of the sin, the focus instead should be on bringing our friends or kin to Christ, and let Him convict them. That’s just not our job. However, we should be objecting very strongly to the gay Agenda, militantly mainstreaming dangerous and unhealthy behavior into our laws and schools.
There is also a concerted effort to insert false doctrine into the church. Gene Robinson is a vocal gay rights leader, and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Although he has stated that he “holds scripture to be the Word of God,” Robinson has also said
“God never gets it wrong. The church often takes a long time to get it right. It is a human institution, but one capable of self-correction. I believe in my heart that the church got it wrong about homosexuality. There is great excitement in my heart to be living in a time when the church is starting to get it right.”
Wait. Hunh? The church is the body of true believers in Christ, not a building or institution. But even though Robinson is likely referring to the Episcopal church and probably other Christian religions with established doctrine (aside from the bible) as “a human institution,” it’s not these human institutions that have determined that homosexuality is a sin. God did, through His Word. Like it or not, it’s there in black and white. Unless Romans 1:24-32 was somehow eliminated from Robinson’s copy of the bible, there is no disputing the fact that God, not man, determined that homosexuality is a sin. No worse than our pride or materialism, but a sin nonetheless. Again, he said, “God never gets it wrong.” I can only direct you to Scripture, which cautions us to beware of false teachers.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.” ~2Peter 2:1
Often people will make the argument that homosexuality is natural or God-given because people are “born that way.” Others will say family order, environmental or sociological factors have the greatest influence on a person’s sexual predilection – or that it’s simply a combination of both. I say it doesn’t matter. That it’s a natural part of our human condition, far less perfect than our omniscient Creator. I can try to be like Him, but I know that I will always suffer from this annoying physical condition called being human. Fraught with frailty, stuck on stupid – but by God, that’s the way He made me, all for the express purpose of drawing me into a closer relationship with Him. Rather than debating the merits of personal choice vs. biological predisposition, perhaps we should consider not the choice of sexual preference, but choosing to, or not to engage in the homosexual lifestyle. As surely as I believe in the existence of God, I believe Satan is very real and very present in the world, and this world is loaded with distractions, temptations, false teachers and strange and enticing gods and doctrines. But Romans 12:2 cautions us to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”(KJV) As difficult as that seems, He also gives us this assurance:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. “ ~1Cor10:13 (KJV)
Despite the destroyer’s ruthless and incessant game of enticing Bill or Brad, all the while convincing them that they are being extricated from God’s repressive grip, consider the possibility that he is in fact confidently binding them hard and fast into his own unholy grip. But God has provided a way of escape, not allowing us more than we can bear. Is it possible, with this very normal worldly temptation, God finds you, or your gay friend, son, brother, sister, daughter, Dad – in some respects, stronger than others?
*(Excerpted from the incomplete and unpublished Tough Love: Faith in Politics by Jul Thompson — 2009)