Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi (supported by former Congressman Dick Armey of Texas) has stated in the media that "Homosexuality is a sin." He goes on to say that we should help those who are homosexual deal with their problem. Well, I agree totally. Here's why.
As a Christian, I believe the Bible is God's inspired Word, and I try to follow it as much as I, a sinful human, can. In 1 Corinthians 6:9b-11, the Bible (New International Version) says, "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 God." (Italics mine).
What this passage means to me is that everyone, EVERYONE, is a sinner. Everyone on this Earth has committed one of the sins that is listed in this passage, including myself. Yes, Homosexuality is a sin. No doubt.
But here's the great part! The passage also says "some of you were" this way. Some of you were caught in sin. This means one can turn away, that sin is a choice. One chooses to slander, one chooses to be drunk (and alcoholic, because I, too was an alcoholic, and I, too, chose to turn away - with a lot of help from counseling), and one chooses to be homosexual. Since Jesus died for sin, all sin, every sin ever committed, then he died for homosexuality as well. Therefore, homosexuals can be redeemed, washed, freed from the bondage of sin. Some homosexuals believe they were born this way. I have a gay friend that believes this. I say this is exactly what Satan, the Great Deceiver, wants them to believe. If Satan can keep them thinking that they have no choice in being homosexual, then he can keep them in sin and separated from God. And that's just what is happening.
Another response I have to homosexuals believing they were born that way is some information I learned at a Pastoral Care Ministries workshop held at Wheaton College in June of 1997. I learned that there are emotional and physical traumas and abuse that occur early in childhood, in infancy, that can create an emotional vacuum that manifests itself later on in adolescence and early adulthood as homosexuality. My point is that homosexuals may believe they were born that way, but I submit that there is an instance or instances that cause a deprivation that can't be recalled because it happened so early in life. It is only through loving counseling that this trauma or abuse can be brought forth and addressed and healed. When that trauma or abuse is healed, the homosexual desires fall away.
There is a great testimony and further insight by Mario Bergner, one of the leaders on the Pastoral Care Ministries team, on how homosexuality can be healed through Christ Jesus at this site.
My heart goes out to the homosexual, for he or she is not only ostracized in society, but is being kept away from a loving, freeing God by their sin, just as every sinner is. Their eyes and hearts are blinded by Gay and Lesbian Rights activists and groups who champion the alternative lifestyle of homosexuality as normal. I say there is nothing normal about a man having sex with another man, or a woman with another woman. God created us male and female, and our bodies are simply not made for sexual relations with each other.
The good news is that through Jesus' sacrificial death on the Cross of Calvary, all who turn to Him and accept His free gift of salvation will be cleansed of their sin. Some people will need counseling and help to loosen the life-long grip of sin. That's where we can help the homosexual - through love, counsel and help, just like anyone else struggling with sin. We can pray for those that are are friends who struggle with homosexuality. And we can support our congressmen and women who make a stand for God and Christ. Above all, I believe we should stand tall in the face of this world, be loving and compassionate, but not compromise when it comes to sin, because God calls us to do that since Jesus suffered for us. Anything less is Un-Christian.
If you'd like some more information on helping the homosexual through healing in Christ, here's a site with some good information. Also, check out these helpful books, available through Amazon.com:
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