A lot of misconceptions, ill will and accusations have been flung around by all parties to the gay community debate. I thought I’d straighten out some of the problems that are the most common concerning the Christian church and all forms of the homosexual life style.
First, gays label Christians as bigots, narrow minded for not accepting alternate life style choices. Gays blame the Christian stance on the people, the Christians themselves, for their rejection of the LGBT community. We need to be more liberal, they say. The error here is that it’s not the people’s personal choice to reject homosexuality, it’s God’s prohibition given to us in the Bible that Christians are obligated to follow. However, how Christians interact with gays needs clarification. And, distinctions need to be made between the secular life, the legal ramifications, the media and the correct Christian response.
God has much to say about perversions of His moral laws. He gave us His laws and He has acted against those people who violate His commandment with impunity, as the gay community does today. God has specifically warned against sexual activity that strays from relations in a marriage between one man and one woman who were born as a man and a woman. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because the citizens of those cities refused to turn from their perversions and follow His direction (Genesis 19:5, 24), ” a woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination to the Lord your God” ( Deuteronomy 19:5). And, ” you shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination… Defile not yourselves in any of those things: for in all those things the nations are defiled which I cast out before you” (Leviticus 18:22-24). God destroyed the two cities because they “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator…who, knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1: 26-32).
God sent Jonah to warn Nineveh that God was going to address their “wicked ways” (Jonah 1:1) Once Jonah did warn the city, it repented and changed its behavior. But not for long. About 100 years later the Babylonians and others attacked Nineveh and utterly destroyed the city. Nothing was left. The city lapsed into a semi-mystical state until it was rediscovered in the nineteenth century and excavation began. God does not take sexual perversion lightly because it flies in the face of how He created us as men and women who are to marry, multiply and fill the earth. No procreation exists in homosexual activity. God’s rules are not arbitrary. He gave us His rules to live by because they are for our own good, and following them keeps us in harmony with how He made the universe to operate. Disobeying His commandments disrupts this harmony and causes us harm.
Scientists now think that there is a genetic factor in a person choosing a gay lifestyle. A DNA link has been mentioned. If that is true, then the individual’s compulsion to engage in the homosexual lifestyle is biological, just as is the heterosexual compulsion in “straight” people. It may also be psychological. I knew a Roman Catholic priest who led a secret homosexual lifestyle because of his church’s prohibition against priests marrying. Thus he thought, for whatever reason, that homosexual activity was somehow better. It is actually as bad. He eventually left the priesthood, and lived out his life married to a fine woman. So, a person’s proclivity to engage in the gay life may not be just a liberal choice. It may be that gays are driven to the LGBT community by biological and other reasons. However, those drives are not excuses for deviating from God’s commandments.
Heterosexual people experience the same type of drive that gays do. It is part of how God made men and women. It is such a strong drive that literature and our music is permeated with stories of love and romance. But God holds heterosexuals to His standards of conduct just as he does Gays. Sexual relations outside of marriage are prohibited. Men and women are bound by His commandments whether or not they are straight or gay. Being gay does not excuse one from following God’s commandments to abstain from such activity.
Judith Maynard has been the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque for 17 years. She no longer identifies herself as a Christian. The church embraces members of the LGBT community and focuses on their “lifestyle choice”. She says that” love and justice” triumph in her church. Justice here is a legal term distinct from God’s commands. It is a purely secular term. She blames President Trump for accelerating “the anti-LGBTQ modeling that is increasingly heard from fundamentalist Christian churches”. She hopes that America will “continue to see [the] progress being made as one generation succeeds another” ( Albuquerque, Alibi newspaper, June 6-12, PP. 18, 20). America had better not see such changes for our own good. But, unfortunately, it will continue to do so as Satan gains more of a foothold in this world. The Bible tells us this will happen until God puts a stop to it.
The LGBT community is actively influencing the youth of this country. Youth Pride is an extension of Gay pride that promotes the “rights” of youth. It is significant that gay teens an preteens suffer from an increased risk of suicide, substance abuse, social problems and isolation. A 2008 study found a correlation between youth identifying as LGBT and health problems. This is to be expected. The lifestyle disrupts the harmony of life God intends for us, and discordance in anything is accompanied by negative consequences.
Christian bashing by gays is misdirected because Christians are following what the Bible tells them is the proper way to live. Christians are not being narrow minded in not accepting “alternative” lifestyles, they are living according to their convictions just as do gays. And here’s the point: Christians have as much right as any other group to live as they wish to live, and to express their convictions as any other group does. The LGBT community has a right under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution to express its beliefs, but its beliefs do not in any way preempt any other groups’ expression of their convictions. They are not, contrary to what they may think, more equal than others. Under the Constitution all groups enjoy free speech rights subject to some limitations such as slander or yelling “fire!” in a crowded theater. And the LGBT community is out of line for bashing Christians who express God’s position on the gay life.
Likewise, Christians should understand that the Constitution was deliberately written as a secular document that prohibits the establishment of a government-sponsored religion. By extension it also prohibits a religion-based government, a point that Utah needs to recognize. But that’s another issue. Our founding fathers wrote the Constitution thusly due to their experiences with church-influenced governmental persecution in Europe. That was the main reason for them emigrating to the New World. Ironically, the same government sponsored persecution had raised its ugly head in the Puritan Church here. Accordingly, gays have a secular, legal right to practice what God deems perversion, and that which He has destroyed other nations for practicing. It’s the price we must pay to live in a free society.
A Facebook post this past week said now that its legally permissible to fly rainbow flags on government flagpoles, the cross should be allowed back on government property, and prayer should be allowed back in our public schools. I agree with the sentiment. However, the LGBT flag is obviously not a religious symbol as the cross is. And prayer is a religious act. As such, the federal courts have allowed the flying of the rainbow flag, and wrongly held that under the Second Amendment crosses are banned from public display on government property. The Second Amendment prohibits only the establishment of a government-run religion, which does not include crosses being displayed on government property, so long as the Star of David and other symbols are also allowed. And children in public schools may pray to the deity of their choice, or not pray, as their convictions demand.
The city, state, and federal governments should not cater to gays more than other groups, but they often do. The city of Albuquerque recently spent $3,000.00 to install rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Central Avenue and Morningside. That was inappropriate and a waste of money better spent improving the city’s educational system, which is the worst in the US.
Christians need to look to Jesus to model their response to gays. Christ was always fair to everyone, and He treated everyone decently but firmly and without compromising God’s laws. A group of so-called Christians gathers in Salt Lake City every year when the Mormon Church has its conference. They stand outside of the Temple and scream at the people entering the temple. This s not how Jesus would handle the situation. Being aggressive and hostile doesn’t help win others to Christ. It drives them away even more convicted of their beliefs, regardless of how wrong those beliefs are. A group of bikers rode back and forth across Albuquerque’s rainbow cross walks and one did a burnout on one leaving rubber streaks. I can empathize with their motivation, but I strongly disapprove of the action they chose to express their conviction. A reasonable, measured response to governmental misdeeds andthe rantings of the most vocal of the LGBT community is the correct response. Christians need to treat gays in the same manner that Christ treated the adulterous woman who the men wanted to stone to death. Only then will it be possible to make a dent in the hold the LGBT and other Godless groups are gaining on our society. And bringing up our children under God’s direction in churches not permitting ungodly influences will prevent them from falling prey to LGBT influence. In responding to gays and others, stop to think what would Jesus do (WWJD). Following His example is the only way to combat Satan’s influences in the world.