The Wonder Wander

06/18/2016

A Fundamental View on Homosexuality

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Tom Malley @ 4:31 pm

How should a Christian respond to homosexuality in today’s world?  If you believe in following what the Bible says, then I think this is the plan:

God’s original plan for human sexuality first appears in Genesis 2:24.  It establishes a relationship between and man and his wife: one man and one woman.  This is what God established as best for the man, the woman, and society.  Of course, people have deviated from this plan in many ways.

Romans 1:22-32 talks about people not following God’s plan.  Homosexuality is mentioned in this passage, although the word “homosexuality” is not used.  Verse 27 cites “men committing shameless acts with men.”  However, this passage is not about homosexuality, it is about all the ways people depart from God’s plan (disobedient to parents, for example).

The book of 1 Corinthians tells how Christians should respond.  In 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, the apostle Paul says (my paraphrase):

When I told you not to associate with sexually immoral people or those who are greedy or swindlers, I wasn’t talking about people in the world.  I was talking about people who claim to follow Christ.  We have no business judging those outside the church.  But don’t associate with people who claim to follow Christ and are sexually immoral, greedy, swindlers, or drunkards.

The next chapter (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) reinforces this teaching, and includes homosexuality among the list of unrighteous practices.  Another list of unrighteous acts appears in Galatians 6:19-21.  This list does not mention homosexuality explicitly, but does include sexual immorality, fits of anger, jealousy, drunkenness, and more.  Both of these passages are aimed at how Christians should live, not at people outside of the Church.

Finally, Hebrews 13:4 says that the marriage bed should be undefiled, for God judges the sexually immoral and adulterous.  This reinforces God’s original plan of sexual relationship as lifetime commitment between one man and one woman.

So here are the points that I want to make:

  1. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies any form of hostility or acting out toward homosexuals who are unbelievers.  In fact, however you choose to treat homosexuals, you should feel obligated to act the same way to people who have any sexual relations outside of marriage, who gossip, who disobey their parents, etc.  If you are hostile and demonstrate against all these people you will be a very disagreeable person and will not at all reflect Christ’s love for people.
  2. A homosexual lifestyle, along with all other forms of sexual immorality, is incompatible with being a follower of Christ.  So is a lifestyle of greed, anger, drunkenness, etc.
  3. While Christians may accept (tolerate) homosexuality in society, even civil marriage among homosexuals, they should not be expected to approve of it, to agree that it is a normal alternative life style, or to participate in ceremonies or events that celebrate the gay lifestyle.
  4. Likewise, Christians should vote according to what they believe is best for society.  Since God established marriage between a man and a woman as the best plan for sexual relationships, Christians should not feel reluctant to vote that way.
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