How Christians Lost the War against Homosexuality

It’s over. Done. Fini­to. In state after state, nation after nation, homo­sex­u­als are win­ning accep­tance. Gay pride is all the rage. It’s every­where, and it’s impos­si­ble to ignore, regard­less of how you feel about it.

How did this hap­pen? It’s cer­tain­ly not for lack of try­ing on our (Chris­tians’) part, is it? I mean, we’ve thrown our best & bright­est at the prob­lem (you know, George W. Bush & Sarah Palin), yet for some rea­son vic­to­ry just has­n’t been found.

And how amaz­ing that we’ve lost this war giv­en our rad­i­cal, life-chang­ing, super awe­some protests!

So how did we lose? 

We got dis­tract­ed. We should have been able to keep the issue sim­ple, but we got dragged into a war of prag­ma­tism & egalitarianism.

“Kids need a mom­my & a dad­dy!” screams one side, while the oth­er side points out all the healthy, well adjust­ed chil­dren of homo­sex­u­al parents.

“Homo­sex­u­al­i­ty leads to bro­ken fam­i­lies!” screams one side, while the oth­er points to the over­whelm­ing num­ber of failed het­ero unions.

“Homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is unnat­ur­al!” screams one side, while the oth­er points out the over­whelm­ing amount of strict­ly unnat­ur­al behav­ior that every­one, includ­ing het­ero­sex­u­als, par­tic­i­pat­ing in. Oh, and gay pen­guins. I mean, every­body loves pen­guins, and just how awe­some are fab­u­lous pen­guins, am I right?

“You shall not eat of the fruit … lest you die,” pro­claims one side. “You will not sure­ly die,” coun­ters the other.

See what the ser­pent did there? He dis­tract­ed Eve from what God said (“You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the gar­den”) by focus­ing on the prac­ti­cal aspect of it; “of course you’re not going to die; that’s crazy talk!”

We Chris­tians are dis­tract­ed today, and we have been far too long. We’ve allowed our­selves to be drawn into a debate of con­se­quence, of prac­ti­cal­i­ty. The debate has coa­lesced into a bat­tle of sta­tis­tics & experience.

It’s as if nobody cares about God’s actu­al com­mand; we only care about the con­se­quences of it. We’ve allowed our­selves to buy into an ide­al­ism that says that if we’re obey­ing God by being straight, then we’ll have per­fect mar­riages with per­fect children.

How then are we then to han­dle mat­ters when homo­sex­u­al defend­ers present us with what by all mat­ters of prac­ti­cal­i­ty are per­fect rela­tion­ships, per­fect chil­dren, and so on?

That’s the prob­lem with argu­ing on the grounds of prac­ti­cal­i­ty; every­one can be right.

Even the ser­pent. After all, the day they ate of the fruit, Adam & Eve did­n’t drop dead, right? In their eyes, the ser­pent was cor­rect. Nev­er mind the fact that God spoke to them con­cern­ing a spir­i­tu­al death, the results of which we’ve been suf­fer­ing as a race ever since.

We lost the war because we have ceased focus­ing on God’s com­mands & have instead focused upon consequence.

We’ve lost sight of “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have com­mit­ted an abom­i­na­tion” and instead have drawn into a debate of egal­i­tar­i­an­ism which calls into ques­tion “they shall sure­ly be put to death; their blood is upon them” (Lev­i­tius 20:13).

Can the sit­u­a­tion be reversed? While I believe that any­thing is pos­si­ble, I don’t think we ought to con­cern our­selves in this war of cul­tures which tends to bring out the worst in us. May we engage peo­ple as friends & neigh­bors, shar­ing with them the Gospel so that their lives may be transformed.

Once they are tru­ly alive, we can trust the Holy Spir­it to lead them to the truth regard­ing homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. God has spoke it to Moses, and He speaks it forevermore.

When we know that God is fight­ing these bat­tles for us, we know that the vic­to­ry is already had.

And we’ll nev­er again have to resort to protest signs again.

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9 thoughts on “How Christians Lost the War against Homosexuality”

  1. Dude, I got­ta ask, and sory for using the com­ment field but you dont have any con­tact infor­ma­tion that I can find, but bib­li­cal demo­nolo­gist… how… what.. waa???

    I’d love to read a blog post on that since I’ve nev­er heard of any demo­log­i­cal reseach out­side of the keys of solomon and/or Crow­ley which has lit­tle to do with bib­li­cal chris­tian­i­ty as I’ve under­stood it.

    And a blog post that explains the Chris­t­ian polygamy defence since I’m a poly-sex­u­al, poly-amore bisex­u­al. Yes yes, I’ll burn in hell and all that, I’m fine with that rather than deny­ing my true nature and be liv­ing in hell on earth, okillidokillydo?
    Great!

    But I am seri­ous­ly inter­est­ed in the defence, since it’s a new take on the sub­ject that I haven’t seen before, and you seem to be a lev­el head­ed Chris­t­ian blog­ger who can take an hon­est and enlight­ened dis­cus­sion with­out result­ing in name call­ing and preaching.

    Cheers!

    (oh and I loved the post on OpenHooks)

  2. Indeed, many Chris­tians are dis­tract­ed these days; for they have their minds set on world­ly things, crav­ing enter­tain­ment and lav­ish liv­ing. They say they know Jesus, but their actions speak otherwise. 

    And some have assumed a posi­tion in the bat­tle that no Chris­t­ian is meant to occu­py, seek­ing to defeat sin when it is only our respon­si­bil­i­ty to lead peo­ple to Christ. We can only set an exam­ple of what it means to walk with God, but we can’t make peo­ple god­ly. Peo­ple must choose to become what God wants they to be. 

    Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they mar­ried wives, they were giv­en in mar­riage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Like­wise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they plant­ed, they build­ed; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brim­stone from heav­en, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26–30 KJV)

    What is hap­pen­ing is exact­ly what is sup­posed to hap­pen. It’s not that God want­ed it to be this way, of course. Nev­er­the­less, it is hap­pen­ing because the influ­ence of Satan is still present in the world. 

    There­fore we must be on our guard, as peo­ple are becom­ing more and more wicked by the day. Chil­dren are being groomed for destruc­tive liv­ing and their par­ents are either too busy to take notice of what’s hap­pen­ing or they sim­ply don’t care. 

    Jesus Christ is the only one who can save us from this mess. Indeed, it is a bat­tle; yet the war has already been won. Vic­to­ry became appar­ent at the cross when Jesus had said, “It is fin­ished.” It’s just that many don’t real­ize that, which is why they con­tin­ue to live in fear, fight­ing for things that they were nev­er meant to hold onto forever.

    By the way, while it is true that Adam and Eve did­n’t die imme­di­ate­ly after eat­ing the for­bid­den fruit, they were filled with shame as they became aware of their naked­ness. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, instead of going to God in repen­tance they ran and hid from Him, refus­ing to admit that it was by their own choice that they had sinned. 

    The same thing is hap­pen­ing today; that is, peo­ple are look­ing for all kinds of excus­es to not be account­able for the evil that they are doing. For exam­ple, some say that they were born to be homo­sex­u­als, thus giv­ing the impres­sion that God made them that way. But if God meant for them to be that way then why would He oppose such a lifestyle? 

    They are deceived and have failed to real­ize that the pres­ence of sin made them that way, not God. Instead of try­ing to jus­ti­fy such behav­ior they should seek to find its root. God will open their eyes to this knowl­edge, but they will have to stop run­ning and hid­ing first. It’s a mat­ter of sur­ren­der­ing to Jesus Christ. 

    Bless­ings to you…

  3. The “war” was lost in 1791.

    “Con­gress shall make no law respect­ing an estab­lish­ment of religion”

    You admit that the only unar­guable premise against homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is God’s word. Giv­en that, for the state to make homo­sex­u­al­i­ty a crime is to estab­lish a religion.

  4. The 1st Amend­ment thing does­n’t hold up on a state-lev­el, though. For decades after the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Bill of Rights, indi­vid­ual states had var­i­ous reli­gious­ly moti­vat­ed laws (some states even had man­dat­ed church atten­dance on Sun­day). So long as these laws weren’t forced nation­al­ly, the nation was still seen as free; one could always be an Amer­i­can still by mov­ing to a less reli­gious state. The only thing that has changed since is that now every state is expect­ed to have the same copy/pasted expec­ta­tions as every oth­er. It mat­ters not how right or wrong that is, just that it is how things are these days.

    So because of that, yes, I accept Senior’s expla­na­tion, so far as the pol­i­tics of it go. But the social aspect of it could still be “won,” i.e., just because some­thing is legal does­n’t mean it need be social­ly acceptable.

  5. “The 1st Amend­ment thing doesn’t hold up on a state-lev­el, though.”

    Well, then the date is 1868 when the 14th amend­ment extend­ed the con­sti­tu­tion­al protections.

    “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the priv­i­leges or immu­ni­ties of cit­i­zens of the Unit­ed States; nor shall any State deprive any per­son of life, lib­er­ty, or prop­er­ty, with­out due process of law; nor deny to any per­son with­in its juris­dic­tion the equal pro­tec­tion of the laws.”

  6. That would be more rel­e­vant, yes, but there again, sim­ply because some­thing was legal does­n’t mean it would or should be cul­tur­al­ly accept­able… and it’s that cul­tur­al war of the minds which those who believe Chris­tians must restruc­ture soci­ety have lost.

  7. why do you leave out in your dis­cus­sion what GOD SAID in lev, that slav­ery is good.

    “make slaves from the sur­round­ing coun­tries for life to pass onto your chil­dren as inheritance”

    and 1 kings “those who solomon could not kill in bat­tle he con­script­ed into his slave­la­bor camps.”

    yet under the new covenant of christ slav­ery is an UNTOLERABLE EVIL, because of its vio­la­tion of the 2nd com­mand­ment (love neighbor)

    why dont you also include num15: 32–36 where moses as per­son­nal­ly direct­ed by, god stoned a man for col­lect­ing fire­wood on the sabath.

    under the new covenant of christ both house­hold chores and house­hold chores on the sab­bath are permissable.

  8. I left them out of the above post because they are irrel­e­vant to the dis­cus­sion of homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. Why con­fuse the issue with oth­er top­ics? That’s exact­ly what Chris­tians should avoid when dis­cussing issues.

  9. Many Chris­tians nowa­days got dis­tract­ed because of the things that is being present in the sur­round­ings. That is why some peo­ple don’t know what they are up to. With that mat­ter, homo­sex­u­als real­ly are win­ning because it is already legal to some coun­tries. It is very dif­fi­cult to make the homo­sex­u­al lovers sep­a­rate, they don’t even lis­ten to the word of God any­more as long as they can be togeth­er with their part­ners. If I were to choose, of course I won’t let homo­sex­u­als be present in this world. I agree that chil­dren do need a moth­er and a father, not moth­ers, nor fathers. But I think homo­sex­u­als real­ly believe, that love real­ly con­quers all.

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