I have never met a mean gay person. I am not saying that they are not out there, but every gay person I have ever known is kind, compassionate, and fun. I understand that both tradition and the Bible stands against homosexuality, but marriage equality does not make our world any less safe or loving.
From what I have seen, gay couples tend to be extremely loving parents when they adopt kids. They also seem to make caring and generous friends. Sure, many have joined the LGBT agenda, but is that so surprising? Do we not all have some sort of agenda? They are not hiding their efforts to fight for equality, are they? They do not have some sort of hidden mission statement.
With that said, I am a proponent of traditional marriage for a couple reasons. One, I value the authority of the Bible over human experience and there are 6 scriptures that clearly forbid homosexuality. To be fair there are some decent arguments that these scriptures have been taken out of context, but my reasons do not rest on these 6 verses alone.
Two, I base my theology on the foundation of redemption. I believe that God created the world perfectly and we only have two glimpses of what perfection looks like: The Garden of Eden and Heaven. Since I have seen neither, I have to rely on God’s Word and faith. In the Garden of Eden, we see that “Adam” and “Eve” (marriage between a man and a woman) was God’s original and perfect design.
It was not until after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and “the fall of humanity” took place that sin, sickness, injustice, and confusion entered the world. I believe that we are all (symbolically) trying to get back to the Garden.
For example, environmentalists challenge us to take care of our planet and avoid further pollution, while animal activists challenge us to respect the creatures we were meant to coexist with. They may not know it, but they are partnering with God and trying to redeem this earth back to its original design. Gender activists like me are trying to restore gender equality that was initially established by God in the Garden, as it was not until after “the fall” that patriarchy was introduced to humanity.
Do you understand what I am saying? We are trying to get back to God’s original design – perfect peace with ourselves, with animals, with the earth, with others and with God. No more sin. No more sickness. No more hostility. No more tears. No more pain. No more confusion. No more struggling. This my friends, is heaven. We move forward by looking backwards. The beginning of time holds all the answers. Even Jesus and the Holy Spirit were in the Garden – overseeing, creating, and establishing with God.
God wants Christians to help Him restore balance to this world we live in no matter how flawed our efforts might be, but many of us are going about it all wrong. There is nothing more precious in God’s Word than the four gospels centered on the very life of our Savior. He is our great example and do you know that Jesus never once mentioned LGBT issues?
Instead, He focused on love, mercy, justice, peace, and all those amazing fruits of the Spirit that actually draw people to us – not away from us. We need to stop and listen to the heartbeat of God on this matter. Why are we so bent out of shape over our nation losing touch with Christian principles? America is not our home and the laws here are not always going to be the same as God’s laws. We are residents of the Kingdom of God and because of the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ, redemption is near.
I think we should let this one go for the sake of our true “kingdom purpose” which is to share the gospel in a relatable and comfortable way. Bake cakes for the gay community. Eat at their tables. “Like” their facebook posts. Accept their children. Just love them for God’s sake! It is OK to be honest about your views and if LGBT folks or those in support of this agenda turn into haters because we have a biblical worldview, that is OK, but no need to get defensive. Are we not promised persecution for our beliefs? Let’s rise above it and love those who may not love us.
We cannot expect everyone to hold to a biblical worldview as we do. Let’s move forward in the assurance that God is redeeming all things and making all things new. Be at peace with marriage equality. We are called to be people who worry about nothing and pray about everything (Phil. 4:6), but telling an LGBT person you are praying for them will normally not go well. Keep it to yourself. There is really no need to panic. Love will win because God is love and God always wins. Let us be known as “lovers” not “haters!”
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