Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bible and Homosexuality

After the land mark Supreme Court ruling a few years ago, homosexuality has been greatly accepted across the nation. Prior to the decision, conservatives fought hard to make sure that there would be no national mandate that would allow same-sex marriage to be forced upon every state. From a political perspective, the conservative stance is that such an issue should be left up to the states to decide. For the conservative libertarian, the state should not meddle in such affairs, and it ought to be left up to religious institutions and other social communities to make decisions regarding these issues. From a biblical perspective, homosexuality is a lifestyle of sin.

These days you will have people claim that the Bible does not speak against homosexuality. They will claim that Scriptures like 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 are mistranslated. This verse reads, "Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men, who have sex with men...will inherit the kingdom of God?" This verse is pretty clear, even in Greek translations. The Greek strengthens the case against homosexuality. 

People will, also, claim that Romans 1:27 is misinterpreted. Romans 1 details how mankind turned away from God. In verse 27, the Bible gives a specific instance of men departing from natural relations with women:  "In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error." The text means exactly what it says. 

There are many other attempts to justify homosexuality throughout Scripture but one of the most notorious is that Jesus never addresses homosexuality during his ministry. If homosexuality is such a bad sin, why did Jesus not care to talk about it? 

The nation of Israel had a law against homosexuality delivered by God himself through Moses: "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable" (Leviticus 18:22). Jesus dealt with issues/sins that were relevant to the context like divorce, breaking oaths, dishonoring parents, refusal to forgive, and so on. Homosexuality was not a sin that the nation of Israel questioned. They followed the moral laws of the Old Testament, which included this issue. Clearly, the Word of God speaks against homosexuality. 

There is much more that could be said on the Bible's teachings against homosexuality, but what about from a political perspective?

Both parties, for the longest time, opposed same-sex marriage. President Obama opposed same-sex marriage during his first campaign for President. Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage all the way up to the early 2000's. Republicans have always had a strong voice against same-sex marriage and even wanted an amendment to the Constitution to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. 

Recently, the Democrat party has decided that gay marriage is part of their platform. It is consistent with the progressive ideology that drives liberal thinking. Obama was not the first to accept the practice, but he has been its biggest proponent during his 2012 campaign. Republicans have conceded to allow same-sex marriage in every state, but conservatives maintain the belief that individual states should be allowed to decide for themselves on this subject.

The reality is that the majority of states would strike down same-sex marriage as a legal institution. A few years back, states were voting on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage and the majority voted "NO." The country anxiously awaited California's votes to be counted, as they voted on the issue, expecting such a liberal state to easily legalize the practice. To the shock and dismay to the liberal movement, California voted against same-sex marriage. It was left to the state Supreme Court to swoop in and declare the vote of the people to be unconstitutional, thus nullifying the will of the people and legalizing same-sex marriage in California.

Homosexuality is promoted by liberals. They are in direct opposition to clear Biblical teachings. However, the majority of the people of this nation, as well as God Himself!, have a vote against this lifestyle. 

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