Homosexuality goes beyond a private, personal matter or a social issue when it becomes part of a larger political debate. In certain countries, homosexuality has been normalised, promoted and celebrated through an organised, well-funded global political agenda to introduce pro-homosexual laws which will be enforced on all citizens regardless of their religious convictions. Tom Minnery in his book, Why You Can’t Stay Silent talks about how the failure of Christians to speak up will impact our laws, our nation, our family, our faith and our freedom (see Q23).
There is a strong correlation between the view that homosexuality is innate/inborn and the support for same-sex marriage1 – those who believe that people are “born homosexual” will likely classify sexual orientation in the same way as race or gender, and thus argue for equality first by decriminalising homosexual sex, followed by legalising same-sex ”marriage”. The problem is that this addresses the purported origin of homosexuality as espoused by gay rights activists, but not the morality or effect of it. Being born of a sinful nature does not entitle us to sin, to condone, to celebrate and to legalise immoral behaviour, such as harming our bodies through substance abuse.
- The gay agenda challenges the authority of the Bible. In some countries, pastors have been charged under anti-discrimination laws for teaching the biblical truth on homosexuality. In one such case, a pastor in Sweden was sentenced to one month in prison for preaching the Biblical perspective on homosexuality in his church. Although his conviction was eventually overturned on appeal to the Swedish Supreme Court, this is one instance in which anti-discrimination or anti-hate speech laws can be used against professing Christians.2
- The church’s integrity is compromised. It is one matter for practising homosexuals to be comfortable with their behaviour, but professing Christians misrepresent Christ when they don’t identify homosexuality as unbiblical. We need to address how homosexual behaviour is separated from biblical belief when Christians support members in their sin instead of following the biblical command to help their brother/sister-in-Christ towards holiness.
Every Christian is likely to encounter someone who is faced with the issue of homosexuality. When we speak up, it is important to remember that our response can either encourage their healing and walk with God, or push them further away from God and the freedom that they seek.3
Loving confrontation and having to deal with the effects of sin in our lives is unnerving and painful, but necessary for our health and well-being. Left unaddressed, unrepentant sin among believers can also eventually affect the larger body of Christ.