Actually, we are already talking about it; The world is already talking about.
Unfortunately, we are speaking in secret, behind closed doors, or we are speaking about it openly and offensively. Neither of these are healthy options for America or for the Church.
Support it or hate it, homosexuality is no longer “in the closet” of America. It is open, proud, and outspoken, so we need to talk about it.
It’s too easy to talk about a controversial subject when everyone you have a conversation with agrees with your viewpoint. You can be loud, energetic, and even hopelessly wrong or hateful as long as the people you talk to agree.
Having that same conversation in an open format causes much more trouble, and at the end of the day shows that maybe we should be better at knowing how to address these issues so we can have respectable conversations in any setting.
In this blog, I want to address the homosexual community from a Biblical standpoint.
First of all, as a pastor and devoted Christian myself, I want to say that the Church should indeed be sorry for the way some Christians have treated you or spoken to you.
It’s not right and it’s not Jesus.
With that being said, there are some things that have probably caused confusion, both to you and to the Church from the word of God. If you’re willing to keep reading, I’d like to offer this as a friendly conversation from the Church to you. As I’m writing, I’m sitting here drinking my coffee at the table and thinking about you and those whom I know and love who are living just like you, and am writing from the standpoint of a friend.
Please join me by reading this from the standpoint of a friend as well.
Homosexuality and the Bible
As a Christian I believe that the bible is the word of God. It shows his character and personality and it teaches us what He has determined right and what He has determined wrong based on His own character and creation; part of that creation is you. Since God has given to us His design and purpose for creation within the word of God, we see not only what God desires, but why He desires it; we see not just God's prohibitions, but why He prohibits them.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
When God created man, He created man and woman and He created them for a purpose. In fact, God’s first command and blessing to His creation is in Genesis 1:28,
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”
God shows His purpose and design for us in His command and in His creation. His command, “be fruitful and multiply,” was put into His design, creating us into male and female, with obvious and undeniable biological differences intended for procreation.
In Genesis 2:24-25, we see that it was in the mind of God for man and woman to live together in marriage, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
In this union between man and woman, God’s design and purpose is fulfilled and they become one flesh… that is both a mystery and, in a very literal way, not so mysterious.
Later, in the book of Malachi, God speaks through the prophet declaring that his purpose for marriage is for a man and woman to be unified in His Spirit and to bear Godly offspring:
“Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth” (Malachi 2:15).
God’s design for us as His created people is for man and woman to experience love and sex within the confines of marriage, in which we are able to join in one flesh (both in an act, and in a supernatural way) and fulfill his command to be fruitful, m