Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Christian Response to Homosexuality ... "a good man"...

Sometime around Father's Day 2011, a brightly-colored rainbow flag was raised in front of the Federal Reserve building in Richmond, Virginia recognizing June as "LGBT Pride Month" (LGBT: lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender).
I had just dropped off my son at school and was driving into downtown when I saw it. Until that moment, I wasn't fully aware just how much momentum the pro-homosexuality movement had been gaining. It wasn't until later that I learned why.
The flag-raising at the Fed came on the heels of Barack Obama's endorsement of LGBT Pride Month. The Richmond city council had also issued its own proclamation making June officially LGBT Pride Month for our city. The leaders at the Federal Reserve had apparently flown the colors of the gay pride movement at the request of an employee group.
The Scarlet Letter B
Pro-homosexual statements and actions are occurring more and more in our world. It shouldn't be surprising to see a Christian response to the contrary. Of course, some "Christians" aren't exactly shining examples of tact and grace, though such a tone should always be our aim. The New Testament urges Christ’s followers to share the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). And the Holy Spirit enables us to explain what we believe with gentleness and respect (1Peter 3:15). But it's usually the inarticulate, angry-faced ranter who gets the spotlight in our 'round-the-clock news world. Those kinds of "Christians" don't speak for me and they certainly don't represent Christ. True Christians graciously express what Christians have believed about marriage and sexuality for 2000 years. Do we really deserve the scarlet letter B ("bigot") now just for believing that the Bible teaches what's best for families and for society? The Christian view of marriage does have a pretty good track record for promoting thriving civilizations, after all.
Why Do I Even Care?
Like any father, I wonder what kind of world my children are going to inherit when they're adults. I have two sons (12, 5) and a daughter (2). Where the world is headed isn't a huge worry that weighs me down, though, because I know the world belongs to God. Ultimately, He's in control. In His mercy, he allows sinful people to do whatever they do, even as He gives them opportunity to turn to Him.
As a father, I'm called to help my children know God through an accurate understanding of His Word, the Bible. Unfortunately, some professing Christians are trying to argue these days from the Bible that homosexuality is an acceptable form of human relationship. They teach that same-sex "marriage" is just as holy and commendable as heterosexual marriage. This concerns me more than secular arguments because such an approach attempts to hijack the Bible and change the truth (which, by any sane definition, never changes). Read Further...

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