Thursday, March 5, 2009


Once in a while, when I post a piece that contains a remark or remarks that are critical of homosexuality I find that I am chastened. So be it.
The question really has less to do with homosexuality and more to do with how Christians relate to the issue. It is a matter of "oughts". Ought we to be open-minded and accepting of homosexuality or, as representatives of Christ, ought we to not be accepting of homosexuality? And, if we are either accepting or unaccepting, ought we keep our opinions private and not make them known. (Pastors [Canada and Sweden] have been prosecuted for the alleged crime of hate speech for citing Scripture that condemns homosexuality).
Perhaps you know the story of Sodom and Gomorrah; cities of the plain that God destroyed by fire for their sins of homosexuality. There are a few core texts [vs. 5-9] in chapter 19 of the book of Genesis that demonstrate both ancient and contemporary parallelism. Here's what it says [NKJV]; And they [the men of the city] called to Lot and said to him, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them'. So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, ' Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish, only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.' And they said, 'Stand back!' Then they said, 'This one [Lot] came in to stay, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will will deal worse with you than with them'. So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.
The two men they were seeking to rape were not men but were angels of God sent to rescue Lot and then destroy the city of Sodom.
I'm wondering if you caught what was happening here; the men of Sodom were angry because Lot was judging their intentions as "wicked(ly)". Because Lot dared to criticize and chastise the men of Sodom they became angry (militant) and threatened to do worse to Lot than they intended to do to the angels.
Does this attitude have a tone similar to what we hear today? Of course! And is there to be judging? Yes! Only this time the issue is to be set before the courts of the land and especially in California because the people judged homosexuality in Proposition 8. So what has changed in 4000 year? Nothing! When the practice of homosexuality is at issue the response of its advocates is anger and threats.
From the Christian point of view, what does God think of homosexuality; it is an abomination. (Try to find Sodom and Gomorrah). And what does God think of homosexuals; Jesus the Christ died for them, and that should be the focus of our efforts for homosexuals. But as regards the practice of homosexuality we should emulate Lot. "Please, my brethren do not do so wickedly!" [Genesis 19:7].
Think of these things. Love the sinner, but hate the sin. But don't make the sinner feel hated.
God Bless. e.c.

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