Most people want to know how to deal with homosexuality. How do I fix the “problem?” How do I protect my children from the “problem?” Is there a way to know if someone is for, against, or the “problem?” There are also many that address homosexuality as the “problem” because they are so afraid of what they do not know anything about, and I will confess I am not an expert. But I am not what you would call “homophobic.”
I have a friend that cannot stand to be touched or even sitting next to another guy. Once he and mutual friend went to a movie together, both being very hetero guys, and possibly one or both in a relationship; but so there would be no confusion he skipped a chair in between and would not sit right beside him. I have little problem with what people conjure up in their minds. I have no problem sitting beside a guy; I even have no problem giving a guy a hug. Does that make me a homosexual? Of course not, it just makes me a caring friend.
The thought of someone perceiving someone else to be homosexual causes this fear. I don’t believe it’s a good or healthy fear, but fear nonetheless. In this I realized I have still not answered your question about what to do about the “problem.” But I want to point out that we are part of the “problem.” Our unwillingness to get close and make friends with homosexuals is ripping a divide between us all. It breeds hate in homosexuals for Christians, it breeds fear into guys for their masculinity, and it breeds stubbornness in the hearts of Christians unrelenting to look at their own sin.
I think we would all have to admit that sometimes there are ways that seem right, but aren’t always right. In Proverbs 16:2 it reads, “All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the motives.” Sometimes a plan, action, or idea seems so great, do this and it will be so clear and evident to everyone and take care of all our problems. So what was the great brainstorm for the “fight” against homosexuality: the legal system! That right let’s take it to the courts. The God that created the legal system that was proven that it could not save man is the very thing we turn to so that we can vindicate ourselves and be accepted by our fellow man.
Oh, and believe me it has a track record. One word that should strike fear into the hearts of every Christian that fights their battles with the power of the courts and is little mentioned is prohibition. Yep, I said it, prohibition. You remember hearing about it in middle school and high school history. It was that little period of time in America that alcohol was banned. The church rose up took its case to the court and alcohol was banned when the eighteenth amendment went into effect. Yea, for the church, one for God, sinners nothing.
What happened was a subsequent turn of events that I’m not sure anyone saw coming. Alcohol started to be made in backyards, and shops. It begins to be sold in the backs of cars. It was making big bucks. Famous gangsters like Al Capone cashed in making a lot of money off of illegal liquor. The phrase bootlegging was born, because women would hide beer in the legs of their boots to transport it.
Gangsters ran wild across the nation running entire cities. Crime and violence where at an all time high, so instead of prohibition being the great escape for the church in dealing with alcohol, it turned out to be a more crime inducing endeavor causing the Church more problems. God one, alcohol one.
After seeing the great stir that prohibition had caused when compared to the peace that was held before prohibition went into effect; Congress and two-thirds of the American people overturned the eighteenth amendment and added the twenty-first amendment to the US Constitution ending prohibition. This left the church with egg on its face, and instead of validating the cause; it gave the doubters more ammunition to use against the Believers, and those that we’re so animate for prohibition. God one, sinners two.
Although it may seem like alcoholism and homosexuality are worlds apart, one thing that I believe is that homosexuality, like alcoholism, is a choice of the heart. I would consider a choice of the heart to be something that someone decides to do from within there on conscience. Choices of the heart would also include things like pornography, and drug addictions. These things cannot be contained with a law, because the law cannot contain a choice of the heart. Containing a choice of the heart and the beliefs of man is the equivalent of catching lighting in a bottle.
This is not a hard point to prove. We have had laws against murder, stealing, and adultery since Moses walked off the mountain with the Ten Commandments. Yet, since then murders have grown in number as people have grown, there have been countless people to rob banks and fellow man, and somewhere a husband will consent to have a relationship with a women other than his wife, and yet somehow it is believed fighting to deny the right for homosexuals to marry will stop homosexuality. Hasn’t this already been tried? Isn’t that what prohibition was for? Wasn’t it supposed to end alcoholism, a choice of the heart? Well we all know that turned out great, what a real recipe for success.
Moses walked down with some clear cut rules. Even for someone who doesn’t believe in God laws like don’t murder, and don’t steel are still relevant. These laws set a standard, which laws still do, live by these and there will be no problems. The only problem was is that people couldn’t live by these laws, there was still murder, still stealing, and still adultery. Something had to be done; man had to have some way to be saved from its demise. The people had proven to God and everyone else that the law couldn’t bring man closer to God. It was going to take something huge to cross the great divide between man and God.
That is why Jesus came to earth. The people of the Old Testament times had to offer sacrifices at certain times of the year as atonement for the sin. The very best of their stock had to be bought. It must be perfect and without any blemish. The hands of the man bringing the sacrifice were placed on the animal, he confessed his sin before God and the sins were transferred from the man to the animal. Then the animal’s throat was cut while the man still held it. Blood was probably sprayed on the man during the cut.
Most people probably wouldn’t see this as a big sacrifice; some might see it as a huge sacrifice to the profit of the man raising the sheep. To bring your best sheep meant you were really giving up a lot of wool for clothing. Yet, it also went deeper than that. It went to the very core of the man. Why? Because during this time the animals of the people were very much like pets. The kids probably named the animals and were probably in close contact with them all the time. The animals became like family. That why a shepherd would leave ninety-nine to find one, because he had lost a family member. So it was like the man was sacrificing an innocent piece of his family for his mistakes.
So through all this it was proven that it would take an unblemished sacrifice to save the hearts of man. This is why the law can’t save anyone; this is why Jesus came, to give us a way to combat the choice of the heart. To provide a way to overcome what we want to do for what God wants us to do. .
The real affect of our fight is division when it should be unity. There is nothing about the court system that will ever unify. Forever there will be a right and a wrong, a winner and a loser; and no one wants to be the loser. When you choose to take something to the courts you draw a line in the sand and say you stay there I stay here, because I’m right and your wrong and you don’t belong over here. Already the defendant has been judged by the plaintiff, already a sentencing of wrong has been declared on the one taken to court, and not much good can come of it. Jesus says repeatedly that He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. If you ask me, we decided Jesus came to save it, but we would save him the trouble and condemn it ourselves.