We live in a post modern age where truth is opinionated and relative. Meaning, what could be true to you may not be true to others and vice versa. People just have different views and perspectives from each other, despite believing in one God and although coming from the same religion. Even with a common denominator, we see issues and the world around us in different lenses. Hence, different opinions and different moral standards especially with regards to sensitive and controversial issues such as homosexuality.
Let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that it’s okay to compromise biblical moral truth to favour the social norm just so that all of us could go along to get along. There are no grey matters as long as the Bible is concerned. In a world where truth is relative, there is only one truth that remains absolute. Human opinions and human morality may shift and change but God’s truth will always prevail and will never pass away. Lest we allow ourselves to be swept away against the tide of confusion in this world.
Let’s not forget that what makes us Christians are not our personal opinions but divine truth. As famously quoted by Martin Luther who was the central figure of the Protestant Reformation, "Sola Scriptura" meaning, "by Scripture alone". This denotes that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. Scripture is above human theology, above human opinions, above human views and beliefs.
The Bible teaches that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and woman. This was the original design established by God during creation (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4). The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. Sexual act outside of the circle of heterosexual marriage is forbidden. Throughout the Scripture, this heterosexual pattern is affirmed:
"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men." -1 Corinthians 6:9
"24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 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." -Romans 1:24-27
You can read more of this in Leviticus 18:5-23 and Leviticus 20:7-21, where the Bible further expounded and pressed on this issue not just about homosexuality but sexual immorality as a whole.
Despite the Bible being clear and consistent on its strong and serious stand against homosexual practices, Jesus does not condemn the sinner but the sin itself.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” – John 3:17
I don’t blame why the LGBT community has taken a defensive position, has grown to be aggressive in their stance and so opposing on biblical truth despite some being Christians themselves. It’s because many of us appear to be too judgemental, too accusatory, too derogatory. If you have nothing else to say but bash and degrade on people’s dignity, please stop. You are misrepresenting Christ. Remember that salvation is for everyone. It is for every sinner even for homosexuals. We have no ground to condemn and judge people because we too are sinners just like them. We should recognize that every human being is valuable in the sight of God.
Jesus affirmed the dignity of all human beings and reached out compassionately. He offered care, and words of comfort to struggling people while differentiating His love for sinners from His clear teachings about sinful practices. As Christians, we must endeavor to follow Jesus’ example – living a life of Christ-like compassion and kindness without compromising biblical truths and principles.
Published by The Thought Nebulae