National Coming Out Day?
10/13/2010 Alli 2I came across a site (blog) and a posting on 10/11/10 regarding “National Coming Out Day”. This particular post has been on my mind for a couple of days now. Mainly because it’s a subject that irks me, moves me, and I quite simply have strong feelings about it. Otherwise I wouldn’t be thinking about it so much.
The writer wrote this: Last night I used the Human Rights Campaign’s handy little Facebook app to change my status to something about how I’m a straight ally to the cause, and not five minutes later I saw one of my “friends” had changed her status to say that she would not be changing her status, because she absolutely will not support people being proud of their sin, which should rightfully be “hidden in the closet.” I removed her from my friends list.
Because here’s the thing: I don’t really care what you think about people being gay. You are entitled to your opinion. Even if it’s wrong. (Kidding!) (Not really!) But when you start saying things designed to shame others, things indicating that you feel entitled to dictate to others that they are not just wrong but BAD and UNACCEPTABLE, now you’re treading in dangerous territory.
Later in the article she writes: Here’s what I think: Teaching your children to be tolerant and compassionate is NOT OPTIONAL. Withhold that from your kids, and to me you’re no better than the parent who doesn’t feed the kid who’s been “naughty.” Raising your children to be kind members of society is part of your duty as a parent.
So I think you all get the idea of what is included throughout the article. If you would like to read the post in its entirety, go here.
Back to what’s so bothering….
I DO NOT teach my children to “hate” or judge ANYONE! Even if that person has committed a sin. Neither does the Bible!
It clearly states in Luke 6:41-42 and Matthew 7:3 to not look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye, when you clearly have a plank sticking out of your own. Removing a friend because he/she has a stance about something different than yours is doing just that.
She obviously does care about others opinions regarding this matter, and has her own feelings towards anyone who disagrees with the lifestyle. And it’s hypocritical!
In God’s Word (The Bible) there is NO degree to sin! A sin is a sin – period! We are not to hate the “sinner” (as we all are sinners) but we are to hate the “sin”! This is the reference to the casting of the first stone on the sinner. No one can because we ALL sin.
Let’s talk about sin. More so, how humans and society have made some sins acceptable. And if you do not follow this same belief, then you are a bigot. We live in a culture that promotes: “If it feels good, do it!” An attitude of: What’s wrong with feeling good, if it doesn’t hurt anyone!? Being tolerant of sin promotes a broadened tolerance of “anything goes”!
Adultery feels good to the people who are committing it. It’s called lust. It’s a sin. And remember – there is no degree to sin. God views all sin in the same manner. We as human beings cannot grasp this concept. Therefore WE put varying degrees to sin. Whether it’s acceptable based on how badly it hurts someone, or if it feels good to us – the degree of the sin committed is measured by humans – NOT God.
I have listed some verses supporting God’s viewpoint on homosexuality:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”
Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
My own thoughts on homosexuality, since I was very young. And this was not taught by my parents. God created man and woman. They FIT together. Yes – in an intimate way. And this “fitting” together in an intimate way, which God created for “husband and wife”, is also the ONLY way to reproduce. God’s promise to Abraham: Abraham is to be the father of an innumerable seed. This means reproduction! How can this happen with same sex relations? It can’t – We would be extinct!
Just as committing adultery is a sin – a sin beginning with lust. Homosexuality is also a sin – a sin beginning with lust.
Now….back to the treating of each other!
Jesus was in the trenches ministering to the broken hearted. Not so much in the royalty establishments. And Jesus never talked bad, harassed or bullied anyone. What he didn’t do is accept sin. He prayed for the sinner. THIS my friend is what we are called to do!
And I would not be following God’s Word if I hated, bullied, or harassed a sinner. But I would also not be following God’s Word if I didn’t stand up and fight for what is in His Word!
While the Old Testament focused on rules and consequences, the New Testament offers a message of love. There are some Christian homosexuals and there are those that desire deliverance from homosexuality. Rather than trying to be God and pass judgment on those individuals, a better option may be to offer prayers.