In my last post, the idea was presented that, as society and culture change, so should the church’s view on certain societal and cultural issues. While this idea is not explicitly stated by the people that believe it, it is the underlying issue between pushing the church to relax it’s view regarding homosexuality.
The current idea is, since Christians used the Bible to first condone and then condemn slavery, then Christians should now look at the Bible and decide to stop condemning homosexuality and start condoning it, especially within the walls of the church.
This is an issue I have touched on before, and I do not want to flesh the entire argument out again, so I am simply going to give you a basic outline regarding the biblical view of homosexuality and why, no matter what, the church should not, under any circumstances, bow to the wishes of society.
What the Bible says about it
We all know the main verse that people quote when condemning homosexuality: Leviticus 18:22. The NLT states it like this: “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
Now, there are some that say that this verse, and others condemning homosexuality, speak of homosexual practices that include gay rape, sex between older men and younger boys (Remember that pedophilia was common. Older men married younger girls all the time) and temple prostitution. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see any of that here. God simply says “Don’t sleep with a man like you would a woman.” God knew all about homosexual practices and tendencies and He condemned it. As a matter of fact, God says that all the things He was telling the Israelites not to do were all the things the people who inhabited the Promised Land did do and that was why God was destroying them (Leviticus 18:3; Deuteronomy 9:5).
Another popular verse is Romans 1:25-27, which reads, “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. that is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men…”.
Once again, the argument is that this applied to temple prostitution, gay rape, gay pedophilia, etc. No where is this implied. As a matter of fact, Paul says that the men and women abandoned the “natural” and “normal” way to have sex. God commanded in the beginning that couples would be male and female. And God does not change His mind (Numbers 23:19).
For a more fleshed out argument regarding homosexuality as sin, please check out this post.
What Should Our Response Be?
First of all, we must remember that we are called to love, no matter what. If you are aware that a fellow Christian is gay, take some time to speak with them regarding what the Bible says regarding homosexuality. Make sure it is done in a loving way, not condemning them, for that is not your job. Love them, pray for them, and guide them toward the truth.
As for those within the Church who are beginning to condone homosexual practices in the Church, again, we must love them. However, make them aware that their stance has no biblical support and must be rejected. Do it with love. Do it with grace. And trust the Holy Spirit to do His work in their hearts.
In the next post, we will discuss the age old argument, “I was born gay.”
Or, as Lady Gaga puts it, “I was born this way.”
Until next time, keep the faith.