Last week we all saw America make history by legalizing gay marriages. Same sex couples around the world celebrated as they finally received the acceptance they were yearning for, fighting for. Facebook introduced the rainbow filter, which was widely adopted by users in a show of support.
A small—and much ridiculed—voice of dissent came from those who are now being called traditionalists—people who adhere to the way things ought to be based on how they have always been, be it because of religion, societal norms or cultural beliefs.
There is no pride in being gay. It’s an anomaly. I sorry if I am coming across as insensitive, it’s not my objective. I have close friends who are gay and from my chats with them, I realize that it’s not a choice they make—it is how they are. It’s sobering, that little bit of knowledge and it has made me far less judgmental. You can criticize a person who does something wrong by choice; how do you criticize someone for their basic nature and orientation?
For years now, people have been trying to understand gay sexual orientation, without being able to offer any concrete or conclusive explanation. Initially, the American Psychiatric Association had put homosexuality down as a mental illness; they removed it from that list in 1973. Someone asserted that gay was a gene, but no evidence could be found to support it. Some say that it’s behavioural conditioning. Others believe that gay is just another orientation to heterosexual and it is widely found in nature, with animals showing gay behavior as well. If you want to understand homosexuality, read more here. However, nothing is conclusive, all is conjecture.
But one thing is not conjecture: Yahowah’s stand on homosexuality—He forbids it.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18: 22 NKJV)
13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 NKJV)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor homosexuals (Catamites), nor Sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6: 9 NKJV)
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-28 NKJV)
And we have not even mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah.
If you’re Christian, then there is no getting around this matter. Christianity is incompatible with homosexuality. That does not mean we have to turn homophobic, nor do we have to indulge in acts of gay-hate, nor should we discriminate against gay people…that is not the Christian way. In fact, Yahowah would probably ask us to not judge them either; it’s not our place. Much better is it to stand firm with our God, align our beliefs and behavior with His Word. In this matter, like in every other matter, He would like to see our compassion and justice. That’s our lot. The rest is His to handle.
In an effort to be egalitarian, humanitarian and progressive, let’s not compromise on Yahowah’s Word.