There have been several articles I have read recently by those who identify as Christian who also say they identify as gay. Some have tried to explain away the scriptures which address homosexuality. If you have actually heard the arguments they present then you know the gymnastics they go through. They ignore some scriptures, twisting others and using the most obscure possible definitions of other words in monumental efforts to arrive at the thinnest semblance of justification. I am not going to debate those interpretations in this blog. I am going to use a writing approach I have used in a couple of other blogs by inserting a different sin into some of the comments and narratives I have read.
We are all tempted to sin. I believe each of us has a propensity to sin in particular ways. My poison was anger. I have grown tremendously in my ability to resist the temptation to get angry. But just because my particular temptation is anger, I do not express my identity as an angry person. This is my concern over those who may even resist acting out homosexually but still identify themselves in terms like “I am a gay Christian”.
Sin is sin, and as such our approach to all sin should be basically the same. So consider the following “quotes” by gay Christians albeit with other sins inserted into the narrative.
‘I’ve come to the painful conclusion that I am murderer, but what do I do now? How do I sort this out?’
‘So now I’m out as a child molester and I’m blessed with loving friends and family and I have found a wonderful, affirming church community.’
‘I’m 18 and I’ve known for a while now that I’m a thief. Yep, THIEF!!!!! But I’m also a Christian, and those two don’t usually mix well. I haven’t actually committed a robbery or anything. The problem is I don’t know whether I should accept my thieving nature and try and be both a Christian devoted to others and God who just happens to like to steal, or to fight my nature and not have the extra stuff I want for all my life.’
‘What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. And now that I have come out as a gossip, I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people.’
‘This is something I have been praying about for years and I finally had a break through. I was recently praying about my lust and pornography addiction and was suddenly overcome with the deep knowledge by the Holy Spirit that God loves me this way and I should pursue and embrace who I am.’
I think you get the idea! The arguments for accepting the sin of homosexuality fall apart when you overlay another sin which has not garnered such wholesale acceptance in society. The excuse rings out that it’s because it involves “love”. Other sins don’t involve love? Don’t tell me gluttons don’t love food or the lustful don’t love porn or fornication. And somehow robbers don’t love money and more stuff. What if robbery started being practiced and justified by some “Robin hood” twist of scripture? Would we then have denominations who would accept pastors who are active thieves?
And what about those who identify as gay but do not act on it? On the one hand I applaud their resistance of sin. But I am still concerned that being gay has become their identity. Would someone who is tempted to molest children express their identity as a child molester? And just for the record, I actually have some issue with recovering alcoholics identifying themselves for the rest of their lives as “hi, I’m Milton and I’m an alcoholic”. That does not represent the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit as I understand it from scripture. Is the work of sanctification weak and ineffective? Jesus’ exhortation to “go and sin no more” speaks to me of a journey away from my natural born sin nature towards an ever increasing victory involving holy living. I have chosen to be identified as forgiven and growing in my walk of faith and obedience to a loving heavenly Father.
We cannot continue to roll over as Christians when it comes to sin in an effort to somehow remain relevant to an increasingly humanistic society. Christ and the ways of the world are simply incompatible!
Don’t love the world and what it offers. Those who love the world don’t have the Father’s love in them. 1 John 2:15
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me”. Gal. 2:20 – Now that’s and Identity I can identify with.