and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I know that’s a socially unpopular opinion these days and that some will consider me intolerant, but I’m not, really. I feel for people that struggle with homosexuality–and I do believe it’s a struggle–just like I feel for people that have addictions to drugs, alcohol, or pornography. Just because society is tolerant of sin, doesn’t make it any less sinful. And I do believe it is a sin, because it’s God who decides what is a sin, not us. And the Bible is clear on the subject:
You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman; it is a detestable act. ~Leviticus 18:22 (NET)
If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed an abomination. They must be put to death; their blood guilt is on themselves. ~Leviticus 20:13(NET)
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NLT)
God is intolerant of all sexual sin, not just homosexuality. In these passages, we see injunctions against incest, bestiality, adultery, prostitution, and child sacrifice as well as non-sexual sins such as stealing, greed, drunkenness, abuse, and cheating. Homosexuality is not more of a sin than anything else. A liar is not better than a murderer. An adulterer is not less of a sinner than a child molester. To God, it’s all sin and it’s all ugly. But the wondrous thing is that even though we’re a bunch of sinners (myself included), God has paved a way for us to be right with Him. All of us.
Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ~1 Corinthians 6:11 (NLT)
We are all tempted in one way or another. Some of our temptations are more socially acceptable than others. If you look at me, you will easily be able to tell my struggle is with food. 😦 But all of us, regardless of whether we are genetically or environmentally predisposed to certain temptations, can choose to fight them.
So why this topic today? Believe it or not, it has to do with an audio book I finished listening to over the weekend. I picked it up in the teen section of the library based on the book’s premise.
The book’s main character wakes up in the body of a different person every day. Some days he’s a boy, other day’s he’s a girl. But the person whose body he inhabits is always his chronological age (16). I call the person a he because the first body he inhabits in the story is a boy named Justin. ‘A’ the character’s name, falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Of course, this is a problem because he never knows who he’s going to be, or where, the next day. ‘A’ is a moralistic being, not wanting to disturb the lives of the people he borrows. But once he meets Rhiannon, he bends his rules to be with her.
The book is interesting in that we get glimpses into a bunch of different teen’s lives: a girl planning suicide, a girl whose brother gets busted for drug dealing, an illegal alien who is forced to clean houses all day, a morbidly obese boy. And then there were some others – a girl who is biological female but decides to be male (with a girlfriend), the friend of a guy who liked guys, two girls who are dating and hopelessly in love. And the underlying message–that who a person is on the inside is more important than their gender or physicality.
When I was finished listening, I looked the book up on Amazon to see how it was rated. Probably not surprising, the book was written by a gay man. It’s not not something I would have chosen to read if I had known because the large difference in world-view between the author and myself. I certainly liked the story and premise, but I found myself wanting to rewrite it from a Christian world-view because the conclusion was so disheartening.
What kind of god would create a being who could never really know or be known? Certainly not my God. And that makes it a sad, sad story.
So tell me your take–have you read any books with a pro-homosexuality message? What did you think?