Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Difficult Issue

Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and the called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” Genesis 19:4, 5

Homosexuality, or sodomy - named after the city where Lot lived, is a controversial subject. Christians are often unprepared and fearful of addressing this issue. This devotional is not intended to be an exhaustive writing on the subject. It is a simple appeal to your compassion and reason. Christians are often falsely accused of hatred, or “homophobia,” for their stand. Most Christians that I know only feel compassion for homosexuals. Why? Because they are acutely aware of their own sordid past and the mercy that God extended to them.

We chose our son’s middle name after our friend Cameron. He was a former homosexual who had become a follower of Christ. Cam, as we called him, was known as a kind and generous person, always eager to help others. After years of living for Jesus Christ, he returned to his former lifestyle. He contracted AIDS and died within a few years. His Christian friends were shocked and heartbroken when they heard the news. But, before Cam died and went to heaven, he turned from his sin. He visited churches and spoke openly about the dangers of homosexuality. People listened!

The arguments for homosexuality often follow these lines. It is genetic, and therefore the individual has no control over their desires. They say homosexuality is no different than someone having red hair or green eyes. Then there is the argument that it is a private matter. “If they choose to be a homosexual, who do you think you are imposing your morals on others? Why can’t you just accept others for being different?”

While there are scientific attempts to prove that homosexuality is inherited, there is no irrefutable evidence. I believe there is no solid genetic evidence because homosexuality is a choice. There may be common circumstances that foster this lifestyle, but nothing to indicate it is beyond one’s control. The “I just can’t help myself!” attitude is an excuse that does not hold up. It is no different than the person who rationalizes when they get angry, steal, lie, commit adultery, or become addicted to drugs or alcohol. God says that all these actions are sin - wrong choices we make with harmful consequences we have to face. Sadly, AIDS is one consequence of homosexuality that is life threatening.

Homosexuality is a sin, but it’s not any worse than adultery, lying, pride or greed. We should dislike all sins equally, especially our own. Jesus died to offer forgiveness to everyone, for every sin. Jesus loves homosexuals and died for them. How can you love them? 

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