Focal Passages: Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
When we use the term homosexuality, it refers to both an orientation and a behavior. The orientation is a condition in which a person is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. The behavior is any sexual activity between persons of the same sex. While this is an ongoing discussion, there has not as yet been any research that supports the existence of a “gay” gene – thus giving us no conclusive evidence of a biological reason for it. We are concerned here with the issue of choice.
In the scriptures, we see that God’s intent and purpose for sexual relations was to be an expression in a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Hebrews 13:4). Paul says that homosexuality is “unnatural” (Romans 1:26, HCSB); in other words, it is against what God had planned for sexual relations. The acts are called “shameless” (Romans 1:27), and the passage says that there will be a penalty for this error. It is considered a moral issue in both the Old and New Testaments because it goes against God’s plan. So, how do we address this issue so prevalent in our society today? First, we need to remember that all sin is sin. James reminds us that if we “fail in one point, [we are] guilty of breaking it all” (James 2:10, HCSB). We need to enter into what God experiences (even with us) of loving the person, hating the sin and remaining true to God’s standards. We must remember that there is a huge difference between loving a homosexual person and supporting homosexuality. We are called to be the heart, hands and witness of God to those who are caught up in sin.
As in any sexual (or any other) sin, one must be willing to radically submit to the Lord Jesus Christ in full obedience. One must choose to sacrifice all fleshly desires and develop a deep identity with Jesus. As we are exposed to those who profess this lifestyle, we must seek the heart of God in loving them unconditionally, and lovingly leading them into the truth of God’s Word.