The rainbow flags: My honest opinion
How should I react to homosexuality as a Christian?
Recently the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay marriage is a legal right in the USA. “Gay Pride” parades across the world are raising rainbow flags, celebrating this milestone for LGBT rights.
Many individuals, straight and gay alike, are showing their support on social media. As a Christian, I wonder how I should react. I have to look to God’s Word to find the answer. I must admit this is not as easy as I want it to be.
Paul’s letter to the Romans clearly condemns homosexual acts. (Romans 1:26-28) But how should I face, for example, a gay person who has struggled with their identity and sense of self in our society because of their sexual orientation? It is not an easy question. I remind myself to be considerate, and I am humbled by the fact that I know so little about what it is to be born with homosexual tendencies.
If people are born with an attraction to the same sex, how can I judge them when I just “happened” to be born straight? If such people are often treated with discrimination, disrespect and even persecution, should I not be sympathetic rather than judgmental? I’m beginning to realize that the complexity of growing up and living as a gay or lesbian person in our world must be beyond what I can imagine.
God’s word is my foundation
Reading through the Bible verses about homosexuality, I do not find any scriptures that condemn being born with a different sexual orientation. And I certainly do not wish for anyone to be discriminated, bullied, disrespected, or hated because of this. However, the Bible does mention clearly that practicing homosexuality is sin.
I am a believer of God’s Word, and that is the foundation of my life. God also makes it clear, both in the Old and the New Testaments, that marriage is meant to be the union of a man and a woman. (Genesis 1:27-28)
As much as I love each individual, and sympathize with their struggle, I cannot personally support gay marriage or any form of homosexual relationships. It is not about my lack of love, empathy or respect towards the individuals. I simply cannot agree with actions that God sees as sin.
I must honestly admit I do not have an explanation to why some people must face the difficulty of being gay. Just as I cannot explain the reason behind many other unbelievable trials some people have to go through in life. But what I do understand is that God made a promise to everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else. He promises to set us free from the corruption of sin and give us divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
God had a good and perfect plan for each of us when He created us. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Nobody can avoid trials in this life, and trials are different for everyone. But God comforts us with this verse: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7. Even though we may face trials that other people say are impossible, when we stand fast and don’t give in to the pressure of society then our faith is rewarded.
Those who see the eternal value of such a life will strive to attain it at all cost. As for those who choose to go another direction in their lives, I cannot support their actions. But neither can I judge them. (Matthew 7:1) With a sense of duty and a deep love to God and all of the people He has created I will always stand against what God has said is wrong.
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