As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance …
The Christian does not conform to the patterns of this world, but is transformed by the renewing of their minds. In so doing they show what God’s will is. This is not just the will of God for the individual, but it is the will of God for society. The prevailing standard of truth dictated by the state in western governments is that same-sex marriage is an acceptable variation on marriage. The Bible does not know this to be the case. In fact, in Romans 1, the acceptance of same-sex attraction seems to indicate that society has declined in the life of the mind and the body. In our society we have discarded the evidence of our eyes for an evidence of the mind. If my mind is in turmoil because of same-sex attraction but my body has a specific gender, I must go with the ‘truth’ of the mind and not the body. This decision shows a gnostic trend. Also, although God has revealed in his word what the standards are for sexual intimacy, we have abandoned those because we know better than our creator. The creator says that it is possible to feel desires that tend toward sin, but our society uses arguments like, “How can something that feels so right be so wrong?”
High school Christians who hold to the biblical standard on sexual purity are derided by those who know little about scripture and how it is interpreted. They say that people in the Bible were polygamists, rapists, and attracted to their own sex (look at Sodom). However, they fail to see which passages are descriptive and which are proscriptive. They say the Bible doesn’t say much about same-sex intercourse. The Bible says less about bestiality. This is because there are actions, which in Jewish culture, it would seem like you didn’t really need to spell out. If a Christian points out that the body is designed for two people of opposite genders to have sex within marriage, they will be looked down upon. If they do not hire people, or act in line with their conscience, they will be guilty of hate crimes. This is one area where Christians are to be non-conformist in Western culture.
High-schoolers often think that they are championing a cause equivalent to the human rights issues of the 60’s. However, the two issues are not equivalent. There is not a 100% determinism in same-sex attraction as there is with race. Also, sexual practice is a matter of choice or mutual consent, such is not the case with race.
For biblical perspectives on same-sex attraction, please read some of the articles on Robert Gagnon’s site: http://www.robgagnon.net/ArticlesOnline.htm
Father, I see storm clouds rising. We took a path of appeasement in the mainstream church. We thought we could live and let live. There were always those who hated gays, but we wanted to show that we loved people with same-sex attraction. Now we see quite rapidly that the media and society are defining us as hateful for our views. We see that the state is drafting laws that take our businesses and force sexual views in school. We fear that religious institutions will have to hire people with sexual practices that are biblically immoral. Protect us from changes or prepare our minds. Save our youth from the shallow indoctrination that is occurring all around us. Help us to be strong if we are arrested for taking a stand in this area.
- What do people who lose sight of God focus upon?
- How would an ancient Christian have been non-conformist in following their passions?
- What does obedience have to do with being non-conformist? Don’t they contradict?
- How might the church be counter-cultural today?
- How can we prepare our children to take a stand on issues like same-sex attraction?