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Les Carl, Moorhead, Published August 25 2012

Letter: Same-sex articles aplenty

It seems like The Forum can’t get enough of “same-sex” articles.

Devout, committed and Christian are terms often used to justify the gay lifestyle. Devout and committed may be true, but the term Christian may need defining. According to the Bible, a Christian is defined as believing that Jesus, who is God in the flesh, died for my sins and the sins of the world and as a result, is called to a life of obedience, that is, to turn away from all sin by the power of his spirit.

Christians don’t get to pick and choose right and wrong; God has defined right and wrong for us.

In Genesis, God said he would make Adam a helpmate, and he created Eve. A few thousand years later, a Pharisee asked Jesus if it was unlawful to divorce a wife. Matthew 19:3-6: Jesus answered, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (English standard version). Pretty specific – a man and a woman.

Another example is the Apostle Paul speaking about marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-16) is that as a single person, serving the Lord, they will not have a divided interest. But if you are burning with lust, it is good to have a wife and a wife have a husband. 2 Timothy speaks to church leaders about husbands and wives. There are many verses in the Bible that speak about marriage, and in every case it’s a man and a woman. And in every case where there is “same-sex relations” God condemns it.

As for “same-sex” relationships, there is a really fuzzy picture in the culture today, and sad to say, much of the Christian church is “on the bus.” I know the tired debate. The Old Testament is outdated, and homosexuals were acting in lust. And when you read the New Testament, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 which condemn homosexuality, it’s the same argument: They were also acting in lust. The rationale goes on. But God does not condemn this lifestyle today if the relationship is committed, sincere and monogamous. Oh, really? So instead of Scripture defining God, people continue defining God as they want him to be with statements like: “the God that I know …,” “the God that would or wouldn’t …” and “my God doesn’t want me to be or feel …” Then in defense they throw in out-of-context statements like, “Why aren’t you still stoning your kids and wife, etc., like the OT law says to do?”

I have been friends with more than one gay person. This issue is also within my extended family. Some Christians do express hate for gays; that’s wrong,and a sin. But because a person disagrees with the gay lifestyle and speaks against it, is not equivalent to being a homophobe either. When the culture has opinions about morality and ethics, that’s one issue. But when the church condones any sin, excuses it and tries to re-define Scripture to fit a culture, that’s quite another issue.