One of the most hotly debated topics in America today is how Christians should deal with homosexuality. For generations, the Church has taken a clear moral stance to the effect that homosexuality is wrong, clearly condemned in Holy Scripture, and that there really was not much more to be said about it. In recent years, the multifaceted homosexual community, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered) as they are known, have continued to press for acceptance of their chosen manners of life as natural, normal, and fully acceptable. The subtext of their clamor is to the effect that their perversions are even praiseworthy, and should be recognized as such. They use catchy little slogans such as, “God does not make any mistakes,” implying that their manner of life is God-given and therefore God sanctioned. There seems to be very little evidence to support the idea that these are mistakes of nature in most cases, but rather they are choices made by people looking for adventure and excitement. These are people who see their bodies as their own to be used for their own purposes, not as gifts from God, their Creator, to be used for His glory.
While there can be no doubt that homosexuality has existed for ages, there can also be no doubt that the rulers and leaders of the nations have recognized that this was an unnatural way of live, contrary to the will of God, and counter productive to their respective nations. For this reason, homosexuality has always been generally suppressed, that is, until recently. Now our leaders have lost their sense of moral direction, and they are willing to listen to, and be persuaded by, any foolish group that makes enough of a clamor. The LGBT group have been fairly effective in marketing their ideas, and we find all manner of civic leaders now speaking out in their favor, people who a generation earlier would not even have considered doing so. A case in point is a prominent member of Congress, well known for his opposition to gay marriage, who has just recently announced his support for gay marriage now that his own son has announced to the world that he, the son, is gay.
Some of these leaders who are coming out in support of the LGBT life style are saying things such as, “We are New Testament Christians; we are not bound by the Old Testament.” In saying this, they think that they escape from passages such as Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them, and other similar passages. What they are missing completely are these words of Jesus Christ: Matthew 5:17-18 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. It is rank foolishness for us today to think that we can call ourselves “New Testament Christians,” and thereby live in total ignorance of the Old Testament. Jesus Himself followed the Mosaic Law, and we are in no way at all above our Master!
But then they argue, Jesus did not condemn anyone, He only preached love. Well that is immediately false on its face. There are many examples of Jesus’ condemnation, but one will suffice: Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. And yet, unknowingly, they are correct; even here, Jesus is preaching love, Theological Love. At this, you may say, and just what is this Theological Love? For you to love another person, in the theological sense, does not even require that you be acquainted with that person, strange though that may sound. It requires only that you seek and desire what is best for that person, in particular, that which draws that other person closer to God. Now that does not sound at all like the popular conception of love, sometimes described as luuurrvveeee, but this is real LOVE. This is the love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13, that chapter that is so popular for use at weddings, and has nothing at all to do with romantic love!
Now, what does the matter of Theological Love have to do with the LGBT push for social acceptance and acclaim? Just this. Anyone who supports this movement to recognize and approve this lifestyle, thinking that this is an act of love, is in fact committing an act of eternal evil against these confused and sinful people. It is condoning and approving their sin, rather than helping them to move away from it. The so-call “condemnation” by the Church in previous generations has been a call to repentance, a call to turn away from sin and return to righteous living. And so the Church must continue to say to the LBGT people, “No, that life is the road to death, both physical and spiritual death. It does not bring you closer to God. Repent, and come to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Who forgives all repentant sinners.”
This is the only way to speak to them in LOVE.