After Sunday’s message, we have heard a lot of great feedback. I have also heard some questions with those that are still struggling with the issue about those people who are born with homosexual feelings. I thought I would take a minute to respond to that issue.
In the 57th episode of Seinfeld, entitled “The Outing,” the main characters struggle with the issue of homosexuality. Each character squeamishly defends their own heterosexuality at different points while also trying not to offend others for the sake of being labeled homophobic. Every time a character mentions homosexuality, they repeat the phrase, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
What’s interesting is that their characters all portray uneasiness about that type of sexual orientation. The characters on the show occasionally make references to God, but nothing on the show hints at their desire to live biblically. In fact, the main characters’ dating relationships reveal a blatant disrespect for God’s commands concerning sex. Why is it on a sitcom that disregards God’s commands concerning sex do the main characters still indicate something is wrong with homosexuality?
Because God has placed in our hearts a spiritual compass that reveals when things are out of bounds (Rom. 1:18-20). As humans, we can continually rebel against any biblical standards, and our hearts can become calloused to the truth (Eph. 4:19). The majority of such a rebellious nation as America still believe that something is unnatural of a union between two people of the same sex.
Does God condemn homosexuality? Without a doubt, God’s Word speaks of homosexual acts as a sin (Gen. 19:1-13; Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:26-28; 1 Tim. 1:10). Sin deserves death, but homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin. Homosexual sins outside of a God-ordained marriage is just as unholy as heterosexual acts outside of a God-ordained marriage.
Many people with homosexual feelings claim that they were born in that state, and therefore, those feelings must come from God. We were all born into sin (Ps. 51:5), but every person is more naturally inclined to certain sins. Sinful tendencies that remain unaddressed lead not to greater sins, but sins of greater consequences.
Some people are born with a short fuse that leads to temper tantrums. If that person doesn’t deal with that temper, the logical conclusion is that person will one day allow his or her anger to murder someone. Some people are born with a greater tendency to drink alcohol. If that person doesn’t monitor their activity, the logical conclusion is that person will become an alcoholic. If a person is born with homosexual tendencies, that does not mean that God gave them those desires, it just means that they are like every other person – born into sin.
Homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin and it must be dealt with by those who are serious followers of God’s Word. There is something “wrong with that,” and we must learn to adjust our lives to God’s commands.