Must Christians “Celebrate” It? (Part 1)

(I know that what follows will be offensive to some, and may even jeopardize our friendship. But I want to assure you that this was not written to offend, but to teach, to warn, and to save. –Kieran)

No society sets aside a day to celebrate incest between consenting adults. No community sets apart a week to celebrate marital infidelity. But our nation does set aside a whole month to celebrate homosexuality, and Christians who refuse to celebrate, well, “they’re haters, they’re ignorant of what the Bible actually teaches about homosexuality, and they’re on the wrong side of history.”

Without dispute, some religious people hate homosexuals and would like nothing better than to incite others to hate them too. This is offensive to anyone who takes the Lordship of Jesus Christ seriously. For he teaches that it is impossible to walk in the light while hating one’s brother or sister. Through the apostle John he says that “the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:9-11, NASB).

But I can already hear some crying out: “Homosexuals are not my brothers and sisters in Christ.” Perhaps not. But are Christians to love only their brethren? Doesn’t Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, warn his disciples that they are no better than anyone else if they love only those who love them in return? Doesn’t he teach them that to be like their heavenly Father, they must love their enemies (Matthew 5:44-48)? “Christians” who do otherwise, are masquerading as Christians.

But homosexuals and their allies have convinced many that it is an act of hatred to even speak against homosexuality. But they are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures. For God, who “is love” (1 John 4:8), has made it abundantly clear that homosexuality is a sinful and perverted lifestyle.

The first time the Bible references homosexuality is in connection with the cities of the plain, especially Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:5). As far as we know, this is the first time that any society accepted homosexuality as an unobjectionable lifestyle. However, it was highly objectionable to God (Genesis 18:20). His displeasure is ultimately revealed when He “rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire … and … overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground” (Genesis 19:24-25 (NASB); cf. Jude 7).

–Kieran Murphy