- A Christian's primary responsibility toward homosexuals is to love them and to minister Christ to them. Period dot.
- The Bible clearly defines homosexual acts as sinful. In fact, it defines all extramarital sexual activity as sinful. It defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman, as established by God and representative of the union between Christ and the church. We need to be clear on this point.
- It is impossible to be "born gay". Homosexuality is not a genetic condition, though one person may be more susceptible to homosexual sin than others. As the son of an alcoholic (recovered, thank God), I am aware that I may be more prone to alcoholism than others. That does not make me "born alcoholic" and doesn't make alcoholism "natural" to me. It means that I potentially have a weakness I need to mitigate (which I do by avoiding alcohol altogether).
- A homosexual's core problem is the same as a heterosexual's core problem: he is a sinner in need of grace. If he stops sinning sexually but doesn't come to know Christ, he is still lost and spiritually dead. A Christian's chief concern for the homosexual is that he be saved, not that he be straight.
- Christians are rightly concerned about the growing acceptance of homosexual behavior within the church. Christians need to "hate what is evil", and the church's track record of absorbing the prevailing culture's values is not encouraging. Exhibit A: God hates divorce, but divorce has become as prevalent within the church as it is in the world. Where's our outrage over this?
- American Christians are understandably jealous for our country's culture and for our families' place within it. As an American, I'm frightened by the aggressive homosexual proselytization, and I don't want to see our families undermined by the widespread acceptance of same-sex marriages. On the other hand, I can't allow my concern for my country's culture to undermine my obedience to God's command to love and reach the lost for Christ.
- This homosexual threat to our culture may seem existential now, but may eventually appear quaint and temporary over the long run. Recall my previous post about the Muslim population explosion in the UK, where in some places Sharia law has become accepted practice. Imagine a day, for example, in which Western Christians are persecuted alongside homosexuals by a dominant and repressive Muslim majority. Several things would likely follow: there would be far fewer homosexuals (because it would be much less pleasant to be identified as one); there would be fewer professing Christians (same reason); and those Christians who remain would become much more serious about why we're here--to glorify God by ministering Christ in and to a lost and dying world at all costs.
- Ultimately Christians need to hate all sin, and to love all sinners. It's cliche to say, but that doesn't make it less true.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Eight Propositions Regarding Homosexuality
Scribbled by Jailer
Last week's post on this topic generated some intense discussion. So, being a glutton for punishment, I decided to come back for more. Here's what's on my mind: