Homosexuality is a very tough subject these days, especially for Christians. A Christian who comes out saying that homosexuality is wrong is certain to be ridiculed, bemoaned, scorned, and hated; not only by gay activists, but anyone who does not wish to be seen as “intolerant”. In other words, in order to not be seen as hateful towards a group of people (homosexuals), one must be hateful towards another group of people (Bible-believing Christians).
“But,” some may say, “didn’t Jesus tell us to love everyone? Didn’t He preach tolerance and love and peace?” Yes, he did. And we are supposed to love others. However, He also preached against sin, and demanded that people repent.
First off, we need to get one thing straight: if homosexuality were merely described as loving people of the same sex (and that’s all), then just about every person would be considered gay. After all, do we not love our family and friends, regardless of their gender? The problem is not the love, the problem is the exact act of sodomy: where two men or two women are having sex. The problem is the sex, not the love. Sex is not love, any more than marriage is love. Marriage can happen between two people who are not in love, and two people who are in love with each other don’t have to get married. Love itself is nothing less than a commitment to care for someone. For a Biblical definition of love, look up I Corinthians 13. So, when I refer to homosexuality, I am referring to the act of sodomy.
Now that homosexuality is more clearly defined, let us look into what the Bible has to say about it:
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
“-Romans 1:22-28 (KJV)
Reading that, it’s rather difficult to conclude that the New Testament is for, or even silent on, homosexuality. It is not merely just named; the acts are all but spelled out. Note the words “vile affections”, “lusts”, “natural use”, and “dishonor their own bodies between themselves”. And, despite the mantra I’ve heard from every lesbian with whom I’ve had the pleasure of debating this topic, these verses show that it’s wrong for both men and women.
So, it is safe to assume that the Bible is against homosexuality.
So, is the Bible outdated? Should we be following a 2,000 year old book written by forty different authors over a period of several hundred, maybe even several thousand, years? Why should non-Christians be forced to follow the Bible? Well, if you look at what this scripture is saying, you may notice that it is addressing all of this. Notice how God “gave them up in the lusts of their hearts”, “gave them up to dishonorable passions”, and “gave them up to a debased mind”: three times within this short passage, God “gave them up”. What does it mean by that? Notice how the first sin mentioned was idol worship, right at the beginning of the passage. These people had actively rejected God, and worshiped “the creature rather than the Creator”. In other words, they did not “acknowledge God”. They ignored Him. These people were not Christians, so God “gave them up” to these passions. This leads to two thoughts:
1) Since God is allowing them to do what they please for a time, much like a father or mother would not reprimand another family’s child for something that child has done, we should likewise not reprimand or judge a non-Christian for homosexuality. As Christians, our job is to lead people to Christ. What good is “turning someone straight” if they don’t get saved?
2) In the case of Christians dealing with this struggle, we must confront them about it. It is our responsibility to represent Christ on Earth, so in that we must follow the teachings of the Bible.
I would not be against homosexuality if it were merely defined as “two people of the same sex who love each other”. I, as well as the rest of the world, would then be gay. Homosexuality, by its very definition, must include sex. I love my brother. I do not have sex with him. I love my mother. I do not have sex with her. I love my dog. I do not have sex with it. If we were to use the “love” definition of homosexuality and apply it to pedophilia, bestiality, and incest, then would I be all of these as well? I am a Christian. I happen to believe that the Bible is God’s Inspired Word written down by men through His Holy Spirit. If I believe this to be true, why would I then reject any part of the Scriptures? Read Romans 1:26-28 once more and try to make it mean anything other than homosexuality. It’s not logically possible. I do not hate homosexuals, any more than I hate the kids I’ve worked with who have done drugs, or who do drugs. It is the drugs I hate. I treat homosexuals the same way I treat drug addicts. I give them love. We all should. But they should all be told, as well as everyone else out there struggling with any sin, that there is a God in Heaven Who came down to be a Man, lived among us, then bled and died for our sins. Afterwards, He emerged, living and in His physical Body, from the grave. All of this He did, to pay for every single one of our sins: from the little white lie to the murdering of innocents, every single sin on this planet, He paid for. It’s our job to receive the Gift of Salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ as our Savior.