A major hot button of our time is the issue of Gay Marriage and the rapidly growing influence of the LGBT philosophy into the fabric of Western culture. While there are indeed major political ramifications to this topic, the real question though rests in the realm of the divine. What does God say about human sexuality? Does the Bible really speak to the issue and is it relevant for today? Are some people created “gay” in the present understanding of the word by God himself? Is this simply a genetic part in the evolutionary biological process? Is homosexual practice really a sin and if so how should it be responded to? Is there really a deeper issue at play here? Who and what are we as mankind and how does that intersect with God and His design? Join us tonight at 8p central for Sunday Night Discussion as we dive into this weighty and sometimes very emotional topic.
I would say James that you have rightly addressed this question of “Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.” While true we don’t have written record of him using that word, we also don’t have written record of him using the word embezzlement but most would agree that Jesus teaches not to steal. If people claim to follow Jesus and honestly desire to follow Jesus, then they must recon with this teaching. Part of the problem is that sexuality has become god and sexuality outside of marriage has been completely embraced and even expected in Western culture. Homosexuality is simply the next logical progression when “what we feel” is deemed of highest importance. The root issue is exactly what you noted, that of going back to creation of who we are as mankind. God created two separate parts of mankind, male and female just like in the animal kingdom. Two separate beings coming together to make one. There are also spiritual ramifications to this when you realize that Paul likened the marriage of a man and woman to symbolize the relationship between Christ and the church. The Bible does not condemn a woman or man when they experience feelings. It is the action and choice to surrender to those feelings and engage in those actions.
God actually created sexuality and made it a very wonderful thing. But he created it to be in the boundaries of male, female marriage actually for our benefit.
Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:24 states: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Many Christians say that God never addresses gay marriage. He does. He specifically defines marriage in the gospels and quotes Genesis in the process. Note, whenever God wants to emphasize something in scripture it is repeated. Jesus is very deliberate in saying that marriage is between a man and a woman.
In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms this: “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?”
It’s popular these days among the baby Christians and the secularists to say that the “red text” in the Bible should be held in higher regard then the rest of the text in the Bible. This is a dangerous supposition to proclaim and repeat. However, the words from Matthew are “red text” for those who are weak in their faith and desire to bifurcate and divide the word of God in a way it was never meant to be.