Christians across the world are hopelessly divided about what the Bible says about Homosexuality.
To one extreme we have some Christians with palms so soft that they bless gay marriages in the Church and to the other some going around with pickets saying, “God hates fags!”.
With everything that is happening around us, I.S.I.S. and the increasing noise to call religions to take responsibility for some of the atrocities that our world has seen recently, it is good to remind the Christian to book-keep his actions and also assure the non-Christian that Christianity is not a threat to personal lifestyle choices.
In this way the free will of the non-christian is advocated without compromising the integrity of the Christian lifestyle fundamentals.
Anyway, when asked to answer to the atrocities which have been enacted under the banner of Christianity against homosexuals, Christian apologists usually point out that it is unfair to judge a worldview by its abuse.
This would be a fair point if the perpetrators of the abuses were acting outside of Christian character or because of misconceptions about the Christian belief system.
I am going to try and answer some of the controversial questions which may help give you a perception of what Christian character is pertaining to Homosexuality.
Homosexuality, A Sin?
Yes, that is what Christian belief maintains. Here are a few verses from the Bible,
“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10,
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Can A Christian Have Friends Who Are Gay?
Depends. If that person claims to be a Christian yet practices homosexuality then Christians are beseeched not to associate with such. However, if the person is not a Christian then it is okay. Here is a passage from the bible:
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians Verse 9-11
I think this works hand in hand with the idea of free will. A person ought to be free to chose what to believe and Christian beliefs ought not to be forced upon anyone.
Is Homosexuality A Choice?
Depends. Some people really chose to be homosexuals whilst for some it is not as such. Nature sometimes makes mistakes. That’s partly why some people are born hermaphrodite or with some genetic defects that somehow blurs their sexuality.
Does Accepting Jesus Christ Make A Gay Person Straight?
Acknowledging homosexuality as a sexual disorder and accepting Christ does not necessarily reset one’s sexual orientation. Instead, accepting Christ is acknowledging one’s weakness and giving yourself over to God to be delivered from it.
There are Christians who struggle with fornication, masturbation, bestiality, porn addiction etc. All Christians struggle in myriad areas. The critical point is whether one practices sin in weakness or in wickedness.
I once heard about a Christian author who admitted to struggle with homosexuality even past his acceptance of Christ. Being a Christian sustained him in overcoming his inclination and never at any moment acting on it.
It is not having the urges of homosexuality or of any other sin thereof that disqualifies the Christian but the unwillingness to acknowledge it as a sin and lack of commitment to not act on the urge.
Why Did God Create Homosexuals?
In my understanding, God did not directly create homosexuals, or anyone thereof. I have a theory about this but I would understand if some Christians would not agree with me on this one.
He created a system that was able to reproduce on its own. The falling away of humanity then corrupted that system and denied God oversight. From then onwards the system was imperfect.
God created us in he same light as Bill Gates created Microsoft Computer.
What Is God’s Will For The Homosexual?
In Christianity, homosexuality and all other sins humanity struggle with are acknowledged as burdens and Jesus says:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
P.S. We’re living at an age when there is an increasing call for religious inquiry and accountability. It’s very possible that all religions will be soon labeled as social disorders and it may be established that religious beliefs no longer have a place in our civilization. I believe in Christianity,
; it is my life. I don’t believe it because I was born in a Christian family but I find it logically consistent and morally relevant. I believe that if Christians would act within the character of Jesus Christ then the whole world would come to know him and acknowledge him as the only way, the truth and the life. It all starts with a simple commitment to hold the light of love, justice, tolerance, patience, care, community forgiveness etc. up high for the world to see and come to believe.