Churches around the country are busy establishing their positions on homosexuality. Some adopt the secular idea that homosexuality is a normal genetic variation, and some adopt the biblical teaching that homosexuality is a perversion of God’s gift of human sexuality. There is no evidence that any churches try to prevent homosexuals from attending, but there are some dramatic differences in the sort of welcome offered.
The problem for Christians is that the Bible is as clear about homosexuality as it is about prostitution. These behaviors are regarded as sin, right along with lies and murder. Sin. The difference between homosexuality and most of the other things the Bible calls sin is the attitude of the practitioner. Most people who are guilty of prostitution or lies or murder will agree that the behavior is sinful. However, homosexuals believe they are not guilty of sin. This changes their expectations of the culture. It makes them resent the churches which teach that homosexuality is sin.
None of these churches puts up signs that say, “Liars not welcome here,” or “homosexuals not welcome here.” Homosexuals can walk in and sit down and be part of worship anywhere. The sticking point is not their welcome. It is their sin. For that matter, the churches do not teach that the sin of homosexuals is any worse than anybody else’s sin. What they refuse to do is to say that homosexuality is normal.
When Jesus was ascending to heaven, he gave Christians the call to share his message and his gift of salvation with the whole world. He said nothing about leaving out the homosexuals. In fact, homosexuals are right to note that Jesus never specifically mentioned homosexuality, a fact that they interpret to mean that Jesus thought homosexuality was normal. What advocates for homosexuals fail to observe is that Jesus defined normality and marriage. He said that people are created male and female, and that God intended one man and one to be joined in marriage for life. In that single statement, Jesus condemned homosexual unions, divorce and all the many and sundry variations people have invented on the themes of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Couple that statement with some others Jesus made, such as “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and you have the right guidance for interacting with homosexuals, or with any other person confused about gender or sexual orientation. Jesus made it clear that these problems are not God’s work; they are satanic perversions. They are human beings who are not righteous before God, just like you and just like the author of this blog. Being sinners, they need redemption and they should undertake amendment of life. The church needs to welcome homosexuals and all other sinners with that same invitation.
It is hard to stand for this truth, when the public media and political leaders are determined to pretend that homosexuality is normal. Churches want to be able to welcome Satan’s homosexual victims just as they welcome Satan’s lying victims, Satan’s divorcing victims, and all the other victims of Satan’s lies, but they want to do this the way a doctor welcomes sick patients. When a person with pneumonia enters a doctor’s office, the doctor doesn’t say, “Welcome, welcome. We’re so proud that we can welcome a pneumonia patient today. Is there anything we can do to make you feel happier while not interfering with your pneumonia? We wouldn’t want to change you in any way.” Instead the doctor assesses the case and prescribes a treatment which is hoped to cure the patient of pneumonia and restore him to normal health. This is what the Bible prescribes for liars, murders, homosexuals and thieves. The Bible says that if any sinner comes to Christ, he can be forgiven and cleansed. Then he is asked to stop worshiping himself and follow Christ. None of us follows Christ perfectly, so we are always engaged in repentance and forgiveness and reconciliation. That is part of the path to spiritual maturity. As we learn to know Christ more deeply, he shows us more and more of our sinful nature and leads us to turn more and more toward him. This path is open to homosexuals just as it is to everyone else.
What does God think about homosexuality? He thinks that homosexuals are sinners just like everyone else. God sent his Son to die for homosexuals just like everyone else. God yearns for homosexuals to repent and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, just like everybody else.
That is what God thinks about homosexuality.
What do you think?