Setting the Record Straight on Homosexuality


by Kim Harrington


Developments of the past week (October, 1998) compel me to say a few things about Christians and homosexuality. A young man was brutally murdered—strapped to a post and pistol whipped—because he was gay. That was bad enough, but what followed was even more absurd and criminal. Certain people, touting scripture verses with references to Sodom and Gomorrah, not only applauded the action of the murderers, but staged a protest at the funeral of the boy a few days later. Now the whole country is in an uproar, with pro-gay and anti-gay demonstrations in many major cities, including our own.

Someone needs to set the record straight when it comes to homosexuality and the teachings of the Bible. But even more, perhaps, someone needs to stand up and set the record straight about what the Bible says about hatred. As one bumper sticker said, "Hate is not a family value!"

How sad, tragic—even demonic—that Christians have been associated with hatred… but right or wrong, we are often perceived as bigoted and uncaring in an age when tolerance and sensitivity are seen as the most virtuous of values.

Yes, the Bible does teach that homosexuality is wrong. Common sense teaches that it’s unnatural: gay men and women have to find alternative ways of making love to one another, because their bodies were simply not made for cohabitation with the same sex. And yes, homosexuality was one of the sins for which Sodom was destroyed, though it was not the only sin they were guilty of.

Which brings up one of the major points I’d like to address. All sin is condemned by God—we all have sinned and we all fall short of heaven by quite a bit. Adultery and premarital sex are also forbidden—sensuality itself is something that can keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God according to Galatians 5:19 and other passages. Hatred, murder, stealing, lying, and wild, unruly behavior are also condemned.

Yet all Christians would acknowledge that those who have committed any of these sins can find forgiveness if they acknowledge the error of their ways, turn from them, and decide to make Jesus their Lord and Savior. What makes homosexuality so different in the sight of so many fundamentalists today?

The truth is, homosexuals can be forgiven just as easily as straight people. Remember, all people need to be forgiven, regardless of their Sunday School attendance, whether or not they smoke and drink, or how they voted in the last election. Take a close look at these verses from 1 Corinthians, chapter 6:9-11...

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

All sorts of sinful behavior deserve God’s judgment, but all those same sins, including homosexuality, can be forgiven through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. Notice the sentence, "And such were some of you." Some of the Corinthians were fornicators and idolaters, and some were even homosexuals and sodomites—but all were now forgiven and set free in Christ. Paul addresses them as "saints" in chapter one (vs 2). Ex-homosexuals, saints—I know the two words in such close proximity is offensive to some of my more conservative brethren, but this is what the Bible teaches.

Those who blow up abortion clinics and condone the murder of gay people are not Christians—they are operating in a spirit that is totally contradictory to everything the New Testament stands for. One could make some sort of argument, however weak, for the blowing up of an abortion clinic—that explosion may have saved the lives of several young children who would otherwise have been brutally murdered in the womb—but a gay man who isn’t killing anybody shouldn’t be judged until he stands before God. In any case, lest you misunderstand: the murder of innocent people, whether gay, unborn, or a nurse at a clinic is never justifiable. The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill," and it means what it says.

Instead of staging demonstrations against homosexuals, Christians should be praying for them, seeking ways to open up meaningful dialogue and fellowship with them, so they can tell them what the Bible really says.

Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another," (John 13:35). In case anyone is inclined to argue that we only need to love one another, not every sinner, let me point out that Jesus also pointed out that if you love your brethren only, you’re no better than the worst sinners — "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you..." (see Matt 5:43-48). And don’t forget that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life," (John 3:16). Should not we, too, love those whom Jesus died for?

God loves the homosexual, and he also loves the homosexual hater. If He’s impatient with anyone—and Jesus sometimes was—it’s with religious hypocrites, in this context, those who say they are Christians but who hate homosexuals. The Lord would like us all to repent of our sins, whatever they may be, and get right with Him, so we can live together in real unity and love.

Go out and see if you can help someone find Christ. Let the real Christians start being as vocal and outspoken about Christ’s love as the counterfeits are about their hatred. Don’t let folks malign our God, and us, without having a chance to hear the straight story.


Copyright © 1998,  Kim Harrington, Masterbuilder Ministries. All rights reserved.


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