I realize full well the sort of backlash and misunderstanding the very hint of non-approval of homosexuality can generate. Homosexuality is the sacred cow of the sexual revolution. By daring to suggest any opinion that is less than all-embracing of homosexuality, I will open myself up to hate and vitriol and accusations of intolerance and homophobia. And if I throw in the fact that I’m a Christian…
Well, just try it on a college campus, if you think I’m exaggerating.
In any case, I will attempt to clarify that I do not hate homosexuals. I will try to help you to understand that I think it’s wrong, unnatural, medically dangerous [if not suicidal] and sinful, but that there is hope for change. I would invoke the old “Love the sinner, hate the sin” mantra, but you’ve already stopped listening.
Now, we know the official position of the Church. It’s a sin. Specifically, it’s the sin Sodom and Gomorrah were burned to the basement for. It’s condemned in the Old Testament. It’s condemned in the New Testament. Only liberal “Christians” — who don’t really believe in miracles, hell, sin, the Resurrection, God or anything else Christians believe [In fact, they really don’t believe much of anything except some fuzzy notion of love and social activism and that fundies are the devil!], but somehow believe they still deserve to be called Christians! — try to defend homosexuality from a Biblical standpoint and their efforts are some of the worst Sciptorture imaginable. They just don’t have a plain case.
So homosexuality isn’t defensible from a biblical standpoint.
What about a scientific standpoint?
Well, I hate to bring it up, but species with an attraction for the same sex are something of an evolutionary dead end. They can procreate naturally, but their desires are such that they have been naturally selected for extinction.
Is this an admission of a “gay gene?” No. A gay gene hasn’t been found. I don’t think it ever will be. Homosexulaity was originally diagnosed as a psychological disorder. It’s no longer viewed as such by the psychiatric community at large, but it’s significant to note that it changed it’s mind as result of peer pressure from radical activists, not from scientific study.
It’s reversible. It’s not a biological or psychological imperative.
But suppose there were a gay gene. Scientifically, it would be an evolutionary defect, like sickle cell disease or a genetic tendency toward alcoholism. It would require our sympathy and treatment, not our acceptance and celebration. From the Biblical POV, it would be an effect of the Fall, like any other harmful mutation.
I’ll say it again, it’s not a biological imperative. Homosexuals go straight every day – and their children are born straight!
Why do we defend aberrant behavior with such medical risks to the participants’ mortality rate and over-all health? Why do we celebrate a psychological disorder which places such a financial burden on the world in health care and insurance costs that must be shared by people who do NOT engage in such dangerous behavior? Should we seek a cure for AIDS. Yes, but we should ask why they won’t seek treatment and desist in the behavior that spreads it!
Christians should be empathetic to the plight of homosexuality, as D. L. Moody was sympathetic to the plight of “fallen women” [prostitutes]. But this practice should never be condoned, much less celebrated. It is a lamentable fact that homosexul behavior drastically reduces lifespans and quality of life. Why would we celebrate for such suicidal behavior? Have they no advocate, no one who will shout out a warning and toss them a life line? They need help, not affirmation. If we celebrate homosexuality, we may as well celebrate alcoholism, schizophrenia or depression! We may as well celebrate the Black Death, tuberculosis, cancer and AIDS itself, for if we celebrate one disease, why not another?
In the end, we must conclude that homosexulaity is indefensible.
Can they change? Yes, there is hope, for Christ can make a new creation of anyone. if you are bound by the chains of homosexuality, you can start the change today!