[Lamb’s Harbinger (writer, Sam Kean) realizes the below article is homophobic and based off of poor interpretations of the Bible, garnered from his fundamentalist and conservative evangelical past. He has since written a more up-to-date and accurate view of Queer theology, especially as regarding the subject of marriage HERE and HERE; and he can only apologize profoundly for his miss on the below article. As the About page of this blog indicates, Sam Kean is still learning and healing from the deeply abusive early life he endured, and he begs the critics’ indulgence, if nothing else, than to gain a real-time view of the writer’s evolving faith.]
Before anything else, let me state that I am not “homophobic.” I, personally, am not homosexual. Yet, over the span of my young life, I have made many aquaintances (I would call them friends) who are homosexual by their own proclamation. Over the next years of life, however many God may grant me, I hope to obtain more friends, regardless of their sexual orientation. I believe Christ would do the same, because he befriended me and I am not above any. If anything, I am the least of all.
I write this entry to voice my assertion (along with biblical Christianity) that hatred does not have a place in the heart of the Body of Christ, neither in part nor whole. Accordingly, I add that the homosexual community cannot rightly claim hatred or hateful messages from the Bible or from true followers of the Bible’s teachings. It is true that the Bible does identify, even specifically, where mankind falls short of God’s glory or even willfully witholds thankfulness to God. But, the New Testament does not teach hatred; and though one may display hatred, that is only a revelation as to whether or not he is truly following accurate biblical teachings. Furthermore, if one is biblical in his Christianity, then he will find it inconsistent with the Spirit of Christ to committ a hate crime or spread hateful messages about same-sex oriented people, just as a biblical Christian is characterized by his love for and impartiality to all people.
I assert that this stance is not a matter of tolerance (religious, political or personal), as some force it to be. This sort of ethical treatment of all persons can only genuinely spring up from biblical (agape, or God-like) Love. Neither does this stance equate with a condoning attitude. One may be of such a disposition as to not condone the behaviors and lifestyle of another, and yet, he may also be filled with genuine and selfless care for the person whose lifestyle and actions he does not condone. This is also a testament to the Spirit of Christ (the Son of God) who was sent “into the world not to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
These things being duly asserted, those of the homosexual community (along with every community) must come to realize that the Bible is not neutral on matters of morality. I will not argue here of the nature or origins of one’s homosexuality. Those topics are really of no consequence, because (self-evidently) all of us are born with the same human nature. That is why we fight against inequality and injustice. I will, however, argue what is apparent and inexorable by the body of Holy Writ. First, all of us need God’s grace. That is, one cannot become a Christian through the regeneration of his nature, unless he agrees with God that his “own ways” and his natural self are terribly flawed in comparison to God’s nature (as revealed in the Bible). Those who attest to be biblically Christian have lain down the identity of their “old life” in order to allow their new identity in Christ as adopted children of God, as Christ-indwelled believers, and as the Lord’s servant-ambassadors to shine brightly to the world.
One might call this a life of self-denial. But, it is more spiritually organic than that. The identity exchange (also termed an adoption) happens as a right granted by God (John1:12 ff) upon one’s repentance toward God and faith in Christ’s Grace to bring about 2 things:
- Reconciliation to God (2 Cor. 5:19)
- Regeneration of the fallen nature (Romans 1-6). This fundamental change of identity “in Christ” is the essence of Christianity, and one’s living it out by faith both describes the Christian struggle in this contrary world and determines one’s reward at the Second Coming of Christ. Simply put, homosexuality is of the “old life” not of Christ’s life. A Christian must put off the old and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:11-14; Eph. 4:17-24; Col. 3:5-17).
No one is forcing anyone to become a Christian, but if one realizes his need of the Savior, then its all or nothing; because Christ gave all for all (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
The question of whether Christianity will or should accept homosexuals is misplaced. That is a matter proven already by the sacrifice of Jesus, whose nail-pierced hands were and are opened wide to all. Homosexuals should not ask whether the Bible, God and Christianity will love and accept them, as if there is where the burden lay.
The real question to be asked by homosexuals and those struggling against same-sex attraction is the same that every person must ask. “Am I willing to love and accept and follow God through Jesus Christ, the Savior?” For everyone, it is the same question–not, “Does God love me?” But rather, “DO I LOVE GOD?”–not, “Will Christianity conform to me?” But, “Will I submit to God as he reveals himself and his will for me in the Bible?“
Anyone who is brave enough to ask himself or herself these questions will inevitably find his/her own need of reconciliation to God the motivation for faith in Christ’s Grace. All who are now “born again” have had a change of mind about God and self. And, no one who has trusted in God’s redeeming grace is of the same identity in God’s eyes.
How does God view the homosexual before one’s change of mind toward God and faith in Christ? According to the Bible, he views them as he does every member of humanity–in need of mercy and reconciliation to Himself. Therefore, all Christianity (being of the same mind as God) should view the homosexual community as neither above nor below themselves. None of us are commendable to God. All of us need Jesus. This is the great level of the biblical Gospel. Let us encourage every person toward repentance and faith, toward a reconciled and harmonious relationship with God.
How does God view one after one’s change of mind toward God and faith in Christ? According to the Bible, “such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Therefore, let us encourage every believer to live out God’s view of him or her–the true identity of every believer in exchange for every other identity, sexual or otherwise.