Back in the 70s, homosexuality was considered a treatable personality disorder. Articles then kept popping up from reputable psychologists and psychiatrists who had found key behavioral patterns and new, reliable therapy methods by which this aberration could be identified, addressed, and (in many instances) successfully overcome. Along about that same time, the gay lobby became a hugely funded political engine; and the spread of such articles was mysteriously and coincidentally quashed. A United States Senator friend told me that “The gay lobby is the new definition of the term, ‘elephant bucks.'” And he offered that statement with great respect – almost mocking a little fear when he said it.
That’s one of many reasons why it’s difficult for me to see gay people as a ‘put upon’ minority. Any judge who regularly hears discrimination cases will tell you that most all real ‘minorities’ are often poverty-stricken, which is usually a reason why they qualify as people who need special help. A lot of gays are not poor. In fact, some of the most sophisticated, hyper-talented, educated, and well financed of our nation are included in the ranks of gay society. Money helps to buy them the consensual validation they need in order to feel better about themselves. Through the aid of television drama, situational comedies, skewed science, movies galore, the liberal media, and so on, the minds of our citizenry have been softened into accepting a lot of sexual perversion as ‘normal’ (though ‘misunderstood’) human behavior. This new, politically correct and welcoming attitude is all considered part of the paradigm shift we’ve helped to happen as we walk into our brave new world.
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But, go to any hardware store and ask for a certain pipe fitting or electrical junction. The first words out of the clerk’s mouth will be: “Will that be a male or a female?” That question – his allusion to the human similarity of either component – is based upon centuries of a concept that has always been taken for granted: The male is the protruding part that inserts into the receiver (the female part). There is nothing new, earth-shattering, shocking, risqué, malicious, homophobic, or inappropriate about reducing that concept to the most readily understood physiological difference between men and women. Yet, will the gays invent some new, politically correct way of expressing those differences? Will anyone ever look at a lamp’s plug and attempt to give equal attention to its ‘feminine aspects?’ Lord help us in that hour.
A wise man once said words to this effect: “Even though 50,000 people do a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” The Apostle Paul, empowered by the Holy Spirit, wrote of this frightening reality: “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans, chapter 1 verse 26-27) Looking around us today, who can argue against the fact that we are right now in just such a time? Seems pretty obvious to me. And pointing that out is no more malicious or hateful than someone pointing toward a foreboding sky and warning a neighbor of an approaching storm.
The real bottom line to all I need to know about homosexuality, though, is an event I personally experienced in college.
A gay classmate named “Anne” sat down next to me in the student center. Smiling sarcastically, she asked me, “So, why do you suppose your God made me a lesbian, David?” My response was immediate: “God didn’t make you a lesbian, Anne; you already told me how you became a lesbian.” Looking a little shocked, she squinted her eyes and asked, “I did? When did I do that?” I carefully replied, “When you told me about how your alcoholic mom was so abusive when you were a little girl, and that she used to dress you in boys’ clothing – and how your father used to treat you like the son he’d always wanted. You were very obviously starved for normal, healthy same-sex affection from a mother figure, and you never received that. So when you were in your teens and your hormones began to flow, you allowed that healthy need to sexualize into where you are today.”
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At that point, tears were streaming down her face. “My God, David, you are right! I feel broken and lost right now! What am I going to do?!” My answer was succinct: “You just go to the Lord in prayer and he will help you. He just wants you to be honest with him and to admit your error, your weakness and your need in this area of your heart and life. He will take care of the rest.” Today, “Anne” is married to a nice guy and is raising a family that she brought into this world herself (with her husband’s and God’s help).
Christ’s love for the gays is no different or less than his abiding and deep care for those who have trouble with any other sin. And while I will show God’s love to them, I will not support the homosexuals’ political agenda because it includes the destruction of the normal family that God very deliberately designed, and can do great violence to the healthy development of children upon whom that lifestyle is imposed. Just like any other sin, homosexual behavior is wrong. Even a pastor, with a church full of people saying otherwise, doesn’t make it right. Our natural and procreative heterosexuality is an ancient inarguable landmark that must be left in place. Falsifying the intent of God and His word is a dishonesty that will surely destroy us.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
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