I’ve had this blog entry saved onto my laptop for a while now. I started it about a week ago, and I’m just now getting around to finishing it up.
There are a couple reasons for this. First, I’ve been busy. Go figure. I mean, of COURSE I’m busy! That happens every semester without fail—no matter how many classes I’m enrolled in.
But the biggest reason why this entry has just sat there in my documents folder is because I’m dragging my feet about posting this. REALLY dragging my feet. I’ve never done a super controversial topic to date. I mean, who is really going to dispute that a surrendered life can be best used by God? Who is going to insult me for taking a stand on using edifying words or looking different?
This is why I’m a little nervous about what I feel led to discuss this time around. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve felt this nervous over a blog entry. Ever.
Because I know many people who disagree with me on this. And if you disagree with me, feel free to email me, comment, message me—whatever!—but don’t—I repeat—DON’T respond in anger! It shows me and anyone who follows the discussion the bitterness in your heart. Only consider that if there is that much resistance in your heart to what I have to say, it is possible that Satan has built a stronghold in your heart. Just hear me out.
So the other day, I was nonchalantly scrolling through Pinterest and I came across a quote, which was supposed to be funny. It began like this: “God doesn’t hate gays. God doesn’t hate anyone. That’s not like Him.”
I felt the hairs prickle on my back, and I had to think of what the Bible says.
It’s true that the Bible never says that God hates homosexuals. But the Bible doesn’t gloss over the perverted nature of this sin—and yes, I did just say sin.
And before you get all defensive, just finish reading what I have to say.
I know some homosexuals. Nice homosexuals. I do NOT hate them! Neither does God!
But He does have some pretty strong things to say about what they are doing.
“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” (Leviticus 20:13, NIV).
And, if that isn’t clear enough, Leviticus 18:22 makes it even clearer. “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable” (NIV). (This is immediately following a command not to offer children to gods, if that gives you any idea of how seriously God views this.)
For those who object to my using Old Testament references here, let me explain the nature of God to you.
God does not change. God’s attributes remain the same, regardless of which Testament you read. If homosexuality is a sin in the Old Testament, it is one in the New. And if that is not clear enough, there are references to homosexuality in the New Testament as well.
“…Realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching” (1 Tim. 9-10, NIV).
That brings us to the question: was Paul’s epistle to Timothy inspired? Or any of Paul’s other epistles, for that matter?
I never understood why people even asked this. It seemed obvious to me as a child that if you question the authority of Paul, you would logically question all of the other human authors. If Paul is not to be trusted, how can you call yourself a believer in the Bible? Now, as an adult, I still don’t completely understand it all. The only reasoning I can see for this is that adults search for an excuse for what God calls sin.
Is homosexuality sin?
Yes. It always has been and always will be. We have a tendency to change. Laws are constantly changing the country we live in. And with all this change, we think somehow God’s rules must change too. We think that God must be okay with homosexuality. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, God is the master of constancy. He said that homosexuality is sin. His law will not change.
Does God love the homosexual?
Yes. God loves the homosexual just as he loves the prostitute, the murderer, or the thief—with a love that desires a change. A love that gave the ultimate Gift and now asks only for obedience.
Often, Christians are pegged as being homosexual-haters. We are pictured storming Congress with our cardboard signs, screaming out in hate, refusing rights to the homosexual.
Am I against the practice of homosexuality in America? Of course I am!
Does that mean that I hate homosexuals? Absolutely not!
Just like the rest of the human race, homosexuals have a sin problem. May God give them the grace to see this, just as He gives grace to His followers to rise and conquer their own unique besetting sins!