QUESTION: “I just wish that there was a way for anti-gay Christians and accepting Christians to start a constructive dialogue instead of each questioning the very faith of the other. I wish we both could free ourselves from the noise generated by the respective radical fringe groups and just try to communicate based on mutual respect.
“Do you think that a moderated round table with strict rules of discussion for both sides would be possible? I don’t think a free flowing discussion group would work since I get the sense that emotions are quite high on both sides of the argument.”
REPLY: Honestly, I do not think that a moderated round table with strict rules of discussion for both sides would be of much benefit to anyone. Here is the basis of my thinking. I see the Christian world divided into two camps: those of the great majority who want salvation in their sins, and those of a minority who, with the promise of Genesis 3:15 in their hearts, despise their unworthiness and sinfulness and want salvation from their sins, as promised in Matthew 1:21.
While one group refuses to acknowledge homosexuality to even be a sin issue, the other group accepts the Bible definition of sin to be “the transgression of the law”,(1 John 3:4), and homosexuality to be one of the abominations listed by God Himself in the Bible. One group seems to rationalize away all the Bible texts relating to homosexuality as referring to something else, and the other group accepts the plain “thus saith the Lord” regarding the very explicit description of homosexuality in the Bible and how God feels about it.
These 2 groups are very polarized, and God Himself cannot bring everyone to the same consensus, for He will not force His will upon anyone. Generally, nothing positive is accomplished through a debate, which I see this to be. Both sides just become emboldened in their positions. Republicans don’t become Democrats as a result of debates. They just hope for a majority of the votes. And how often has the majority, Biblically, ever been in the right with God…? True Christianity is much like a Republic, rather than a Democracy, basing its standards upon the expressed will of God which are very clearly revealed in His unchangeable law. All the democratic votes in the world can not alter one jot or one tittle of this law, for it is an expression of His very character.
In fact, we read a very solemn warning in the book of Revelation that “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18,19)
God’s Word and expressed will regarding homosexuality is not up for a vote. We have a choice, to either accept it, or reject it, and to live with the consequences.
I just have to ask myself, “What if the gay-accepting Christian is right in his position?” Answer: “If so, then I am still OK, for surely God will not punish me for being straight, will He…? There’s nothing in the Bible that indicates being married to a woman is out of harmony with the will of God…”
“But what if ‘Victor’ and the anti-gay theology Christian is right in their position…? If so, then one side of this issue is going to have a rude awakening in the day of judgment, based upon a plain ‘thus saith the Lord’…”
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8) And it is with great sorrow that He proclaims: “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11. By the way, the whole 33rd chapter of Ezekiel makes for very interesting reading)
Please don’t think of my message as one of “hate speech” and dogmaticism. It is a loving God that warns His wayward children of the coming consequences of their misguided choices and un-Christlike behavior. Just as loving parents lament the behavior and certain consequences of their children hooked on drugs, or crime, or other self-destructive behavior, so our heavenly Father grieves over the choices of His beloved, yet wayward children. For He knows the certain end result, His eternal separation from those He loves, from those for whom He gave His only begotten Son to die, that they might have eternal life with Him.
Thanks for your “ear”.