Sometimes you have to take stances that go against common trends and mindsets. This post definitely goes against one growing trend – the acceptance of homosexuality. This is not a rant against homosexuals; rather it is a reminder to Christians who believe there is nothing wrong with homosexuality that they are in direct opposition to the word of God. For those unfamiliar with the Bible and insist it does not specifically address homosexuality, please read Leviticus 18:22: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” It is listed among several other sexual acts Gods declares detestable. In Leviticus 20:13, we discover the punishment for the act: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Is this a call to gather those who engage in homosexual acts and put them to death? Of course not, modern society is radically different from the times this edict was issued. I would also never place a call to kill those who have committed the sins of adultery, fornication, envy or bearing false witness. That would wipe out most of civilization, including myself. We all sin, but it doesn’t make it right because everyone does it. Thankfully, we serve a forgiving God who accepts sincere repentance. We serve a God who took human form, bore our sins and, because of His death and resurrection, allows us to live in His grace. While Jesus exhibited unprecedented compassion for all sinners during his time on earth, he did tell his followers this, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” and, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:17, 19.
So, as Christians, we cannot conform to society’s growing tolerance of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. While we cannot bend, we shouldn’t shut out those homosexuals who seek the truth and a sincere relationship with God. Our example is with Jesus who, after being criticized by the Pharisees for eating with tax collectors and sinners explained, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But, go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Matthew 9: 12-13. This is “loving the sinner and not the sin”.
Free will allows us to believe in God. That same free will allows others to not believe in Him. If you believe in and love God, then His commands should be etched in your heart. God’s Word is unchanging in the face of the world’s ever changing views and morals.