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I received an email from a college student who was struggling to figure out “if a Christ-centered, monogamous homosexual relationship is just as godly as a heterosexual one.” He had many questions. Is the Old Testament law about homosexuality really a law we still need to follow? Didn’t Jesus fulfill the law? Isn’t the Old Covenant obsolete? He had prayed, read books and blogs, and talked to numerous people on all sides of the issue, but he couldn’t resolve the conflicting messages he was getting from them. He said, “I know that this topic requires faith, but I need proof somehow.”
Religious liberty laws are back in the news again, and I’m seeing a huge amount of misunderstanding out there, so here are a few posts (from previous flare-ups) explaining religious liberty laws:
Alan explains why adoption policies should be approached with the general best interest of children in mind rather than letting rare circumstances dictate. COMMENTS Read more posts
Here's my response to this week's challenge: COMMENTS
Today’s challenge comes from an interview with Jimmy Carter: Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things—he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.
We all have people in our lives with whom we disagree. We’re against some people’s ideas. We’re against some people’s behaviors. We’re against some people’s attitudes and inclinations. Despite our differences, though, in most cases we’re still in a relationship with them. We might not say we “love” them, but oftentimes we do love them in a non-romantic, I’m-committed-to-you kind of love.
I’ve said before that one of the biggest challenges the Church faces is itself. Christians need to stand firm against the pressure to compromise their convictions. Too often, though, I see believers capitulating to culture, especially on politically incorrect matters. I’m sympathetic to that impulse. I would love to go with the flow as well. That’s not what Christ commands us to do, though. We’re not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).
After refusing to bake a cake that said “support gay marriage,” a couple in Northern Ireland was convicted of political and sexual orientation discrimination. Now LGBT activist Peter Tatchell is publicly disagreeing with the court’s decision, saying, “Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend freedom of conscience, expression and religion.”
In an article on Public Discourse, Roberta Green Ahmanson explains why our culture’s new understanding of human dignity “may well be the harbinger of a social transformation the likes of which we have not seen in the West for 1400 years”: Dignity apparently justifies abortion, transgenderism, the redefinition of marriage, and physician-assisted suicide.
What would you do if your homosexual friend or family member were to interpret your biblical stance against homosexual behavior as a lack of love towards them? Does believing that homosexual behavior is wrong automatically make you a hateful person? Can the Christian hold to the clear biblical teaching that homosexual behavior is sinful while remaining loving towards the homosexual?