This may be the most controversial subject I talk about. Is homosexuality wrong? If it is, what constitutes it as “wrong”? What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Are people born gay, or is it based upon choice or environment? And the most important question. How should Christians handle this issue? I am not going to be as blunt with this issue, because it is a very sensitive topic (probably the most sensitive one I’ve talked about so far) and it can have a major effect on peoples’ lives. I may have people living in a homosexual lifestyle, or people who may be very passionate about supporting homosexual rights reading this post. To these people I want to say that I am in no way, shape or form trying to degrade or ridicule you. This is my approach and the Bible’s approach to the issue.
I am not going to pull out every single piece of Scripture that talks about this issue, however I am going to talk about one central passage. Romans 1:26-27 says “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Fred Phelps, pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, claims that this particular verse holds homosexuality to a much higher form of sin than any other. I am not going to spend time talking about Phelps and his hateful ministry. I am going to say that he has a very naive and childish approach to the Bible and I believe he is the perfect example of why people hate the Christian approach to this issue. He is NOT a good example of how we as a Christian community should handle homosexuals. This verse simply states that homosexuality is a sin. But what does this mean about the definition of marriage in our culture?
Should we ignore this issue, keep religion out of it, and just allow homosexuals to marry as they will? I have to admit, it is a compelling argument to do just that. However, here’s how I think government should be run. God is actively involved in our human form of government. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that government systems that turn their back on God will ultimately fail. By this logic, it makes no sense to just rule homosexual marriage as a different standard than other sin that our government tries to prevent. If you are reading this post and do not believe in Christianity and you really may not care about religion at all, then you are going to take a completely different view on this issue than I am. However, my goal is to strictly discuss this on a Christian issue. Homosexuality is a sin, and if we are to base our government in a manner that is pleasing to God, we cannot include gay marriage in this.
What constitutes homosexuality as wrong? First off, the Bible. Some of you may not agree or even care, but I want to look a little further into the implications. Homosexual men have hundreds of sexual partners in their lifetime. Most studies show that they have four times as many partner as heterosexual men. What does this say? It says that homosexuality is an unfulfilling, empty lifestyle. Very few homosexual relationships last more than 2 years. Only 2.7 percent of men have had sex with one other partner. 24 percent of gay men have over 100 partners, 43 percent have over 500 partners, and 28 percent have had over 1000 partners. This screams out something to me, that homosexuality cannot be a lifestyle that was designed by God, but one that is a misdirection of the natural sexuality that God has instilled in us. But is anybody really at fault.
This last part deals with whether one can be born gay, and if not, what causes it. First of all, scientists have been completely unable to find a gay gene. In 1996, the National Cancer Institute released a study in search of a link between a section of the X chromosome and homosexual attraction. The leader of this project, Dean Hamer, says “There is not a signal master gene that makes people gay… I don’t think we will ever be able to predict who will be gay.” I could go on with examples, but for the sake of the length of this blog, I won’t. Now, what causes homosexuality? I disagree that it is a choice. I do not know a single person who would ever claim they chose to have certain sexual attractions. Sure, some people could make choices throughout their life that could lead up to developing homosexual attractions, but it is not just a single choice that someone can make. One study shows that over 99 percent of gay men have a weak relationship with their dads. This makes me feel inclined to believe that there is some connection between father figures and sexual orientation, but is this really something I want to put full faith in?
Here’s what I have come to conclude. Homosexuality is the effect of many different factors of sin that enter into a person’s life. So, does this mean that I think that someone can be born gay? Yes, I THINK someone can. Now, do not misread what I am saying. We can map out the entire human genome and we have not found one single gene that can produce homosexual desires in it of itself, however, there are certain predisposed traits that people can have that can lead them into this lifestyle. These traits, combined with a special attack of sin on a person when they are born, can lead them into being born gay, partly in a physical and partly in a spiritual sense. So, if someone is born gay, should they have the right to enter into this lifestyle, even though they didn’t choose it? To this I respond, no. I may not have all the answers to the causes or the effects of homosexuality, and honestly, I may never know the answer to these issues. But I do believe in the Bible, the Word of God, and He can do ALL things. He can even heal someone who is born with a sinful desire, such as homosexuality, and I do believe that he DOES do this!
Many people will assume that I am hateful, or even a bigot for writing this blog, however I want to tell you my honest feelings on this issue. I do not hate homosexuals, at all. They are people, just like any others, and they deserve to be treated like that. I’m writing this blog to allow people to know that I do not think homosexuality is the best lifestyle for anyone, and I genuinely want people to have the best lifestyle that is out there for them. God has pulled hundreds of people out of this sinful lifestyle, and many other sinful lifestyles for that matter. And I believe if you rely on your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, any issue in your life can be overcome, and with that, I hope that all of you can be at peace.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.