Thursday, May 10, 2012

Homosexual Marriage?

The following is an excerpt from a conversation online about President Obama's announcement that he favors homosexual marriage.  This was my response to someone who thought the church didn't need to concern herself with politics  in this or any regard:

I can't speak for anyone else on this, only for myself. I don't believe that teaching God's word in defining what He has designed for marriage is at odds with addressing the brokenness of homosexuals. EVERYONE needs Jesus; period. There is no freedom from sin without Jesus. But if we do not hold to Scripture on the truth that homosexual BEHAVIOR is a sin, like adultery, pre-marital sex, bestiality, and any other sexual immorality, we are not doing them any favors either. Does an adulterer like to be told that his actions are sinful? Probably not. Are there mitigating circumstances in his or her life that have added to their sinful behavior? Probably.

Our calling as ministers of the Word of God is to lead people to holiness and godliness, which starts with addressing the truth that these terms (holiness and godliness) do not address ANYONE without Jesus. We still have to teach people to fight the good fight of the faith; and, by the Holy Spirit's power, to stop sinning. Yes, we need to help the homosexual offender overcome his or her sin; but we cannot ignore the fact that it IS a SIN to be OVERCOME.

When you establish a "help-group" for overcoming homosexual behavior and get picketed, the politics of it will come to your door. The problem is that soon, we will not be able to indicate that this is anything more than an alternate lifestyle for the misunderstood. Then you won't be able to have counseling for those struggling in this area. That is why every step in politics that moves homosexuality closer to the mainstream of life is a challenge we MUST take SERIOUSLY. When it is normalized, how will we "help" anyone overcome it?

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