Today I read in the Picayune Item that for the first time in our cities history, a same-sex couple has filed an out-of-state marriage license in a local court here in Pearl River County. I want to share a few thoughts regarding homosexual/lesbian relationships.
1. Homosexuality is a sin. Period. A close examination of 1 Corinthians 6:9 in the Greek as well as a casual reading in Romans 1 (as well as many other passages) reveals this to be true. Marriage has from the very, very beginning been between a man and a woman. Too many mental/theological gymnastics are required to justify homosexuality in light of the Scriptures. I have read an entire book that was devoted to doing such a thing, and in the end, it drastically failed due to a gross oversight and lack of consideration for the original Greek regarding 1 Corinthians 6:9.
2. No matter who, what, when, or where, a Christian is called to display/demonstrate the love, kindness, compassion, truth, and heart of Jesus Christ toward ALL people, including those of a different sexual orientation. In other words, anger, hatred, hate speech, or a simple cold shoulder is anti-Christ. One can love the sinner ad hate the sin (thank you St. Augustine for this distinction).
3. In Genesis 1 and 2 (two different variations of Creation), God created a woman and gave her to the original man. Marriage from the very beginning has been between a man and a woman. Now, I understand that if a homosexual/lesbian is not a Christian, then they understandably will reject this creation narrative. So, I suppose, what I am writing is more for Christians. However, I find something to be true of almost every same-sex relationship that in my humble estimation, serves as extra-biblical support for the truth of God’s word. What truth? That God’s design from the very beginning is that marriage is only between a man and a woman. So what is the “something to be true” that I am referring to? Simple observation reveals that in almost every homosexual/lesbian relationship I have every come across, one person in the relationship always assumes the male role and the other assumes the female role. Of course, this itself has been challenged in our day. The basic idea is that there are no moral, spiritual, or natural distinction to be made between a male and female. In other words, gender-roles are nothing more than a social construct. The word of God reveals that there are two genders, distinct from one another, that are meant to reflect God in different ways. In a male same-sex relationship, usually one man takes on a more feminine posture. In a female same-sex relationship, usually one woman takes on a more male posture. I understand that this is not a politically-correct observation to call attention to, but the truth is undeniable. There is a bit of irony in this. In order for two people to try and make a same-sex relationship work, they have to, to some degree, mimic God’s design. In rebelling against God’s revealed order for marriage, they incidentally affirm His design.
If you are a Christian, you are not allowed to take the moral position, “To each man his own.” Or, “Whatever makes you happy.” Or, “Whatever is right for you is right for you.”
Note: I would have spent more time analyzing 1 Corinthians 6:9, but for the purpose of this blog, I didn’t.