Yes I am going there.
I thought about it and prayed that I could explain the stirrings in my heart regarding the issue, possibly without offending anyone. I know there are other people in the Christian community that are not sure where they stand, or why. Hopefully this can simply answer some questions. If that is you, this is something you might find interesting. If you already have a firm opinion, whether it is the same or different then this may not be for you.
The pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other and now there seems to be confusion in the camp. Let me start with a dream that I had several years ago before we even begin.
“I am in a crowd of people. There is a protest. I am not sure if I am the one protesting with a sign or if those with the signs are arguing against what I am standing for. But there is turmoil. I am standing with those that are in a LGBT crowd because I am a lesbian. Suddenly I begin to cry. And I think to myself. “Why? Why don’t they want me to share love with someone like they do?”
That was the conclusion of the dream. I realized after the dream that many people are simply looking for acceptance and love. That desire is in all of us. Unfortunately some people only hear judgment from the Christian circle. We do need to love and we need to understand the basis for disagreement.
As believers we get our direction from the word of God. Of course if you have done any research or any Bible reading at all about the subject you come across the same scriptures. I don’t want to be redundant but let’s go over a few quickly to understand some of the arguments.
In Genesis God made a male and female-in his image–and said to them to be fruitful and multiply. That is also in the new testament found in Mark 10 regarding a man and woman becoming one flesh. In Leviticus 18 it states that one should not lie with a man as with a woman as it’s an abomination. In Romans 1 the Bible states that God gave people over to their debased thinking because they tried to suppress the truth and claimed to be wise on their own; ignoring the God that gave them life.
He allowed their passions to control them. It’s not inclusive of homosexuality, but includes other things too such as greed, envy, all kinds of sexual sins, cruelty, murder, quarreling, deceit, viciousness, pride, etc.
So why have people in the church decided that homosexuality is in a different class? For one thing, I have come to believe that sexual promiscuity is considered dishonorable for this reason: the Lord compares the things in this world, things we see–to things in the spiritual world, things we do not see.
For example the Lords prayer states “thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” There is a correlation between heaven and earth. In Ephesians 5 Paul compares marriage here on this earth to the relationship between Christ and the church.
According to the Word of the God, the Church (those that call themselves believers of Christ) are referred to as the bride of Christ. There are several scriptures that refer to the church as the bride. Here are just two examples.
“And the marriage of the Lamb has come and his Bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7b (ESV)
“Then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, dressed like a bride ready for her husband.” Revelation 21:2 (GWT)
The Lord is comparing his union to the church to a marriage union between a man and a woman.
Wait that seems intolerant. I thought God was love?
I believe He isn’t just filled with love BUT he IS love. He cannot be anything else. He is also a creative God. Since he loves and he creates, he has created this world and everything in it and a universe that just keeps growing. He cannot stop!
And he wanted his creation, his children, those created in HIS image, to be able to create out of love as well. That is why he made sex possible. It is the way that humans can express their love, enjoy one another in an intimate way and create life. Two people who have dedicated themselves to one another can reproduce someone in their likeness, just as Adam and Eve were made in the likeness of God.
As far as the homosexual lifestyle; it is not possible to reproduce or become one. You might argue that not all heterosexual marriages reproduce…but they were intended with the possibility. A bolt and nut can be twisted together and become one unit. But two bolts cannot become one, nor can two nuts. That is why even if two people of the same-sex “get married” they cannot become one as the Lord intended. Women have different dispositions, thought patterns and even hormonal challenges than men. Two of the exact same puzzle pieces cannot connect to make a complete puzzle.
Let’s go back to my dream. What about the need for love? Shouldn’t we just live and let live? Why get involved in other people’s choices? What about this talk about being a God of LOVE? Doesn’t he care?
Remember I am talking to those in the church. And this is where there seems to be division in the church. You have one side that says this lifestyle is sin. You have another group who state that if God is love this must be right because he wouldn’t condemn someone who just wants love. So lets just accept the lifestyle and call it normal. Of course there is the saying, “Love the people and hate the sin.” What does that even mean?
It believe it means to accept people, show them kindness, treat them as you want to be treated. God states that we are to love our neighbor. But when it comes down to accepting the lifestyle as “right” we have to choose. Do we believe what the Bible says or do we fear what people say? Even though our God IS love he also does not accept a different gospel than what is written in his word.
He DOES love, but his love looks different from ours and sometimes even harsh. His ways aren’t always ours. Even parents today sometimes seem harsh about something if they believe it might cause any harm to their kids. Sometimes their love has to be tough.
God only wants what is the VERY best for us. But we are accepting artificial love instead of his best. It’s like having artificially flavored orange juice instead of freshly squeezed orange juice from a freshly picked orange straight from the tree. It’s not his best. He is not trying to be hateful but loves us enough to set us free. It is the enemy of our souls that is deceiving our hearts like he tried to deceive Adam and Eve in the garden. They questioned, “Did God really say…?”
I believe that the bottom line is this: God created the institution of marriage to compare it to his relationship with us. Changing it up to satisfy ourselves is mocking him.
“Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest. If you plant in the soil of your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life. We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive everlasting life at the proper time, IF we don’t give up. Whenever we have the opportunity we HAVE to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.” Galatians 6: -10 (GWT)
And that is why I wrote this…for the family of believers. Please understand: We have a God that loves us beyond measure!!!! He loves us so much that he died for our sins (each of us) and he went to hell to take our place. YOU are victorious because He is victorious. He stole the keys of death from satan and rose again to life, so that we can have life. You CAN experience his love. He loves you; he loves each of us perfectly!
I hope this answered any question you had on the Christian perspective. It brewed in my heart for some time. We each have the freedom of choice. And I am stating what I believe; hence my blog’s title:…I Believe….
Choose for yourself.