Homosexuality -1

When anyone talks about ‘homosexuality’, it always seems to raise the temperature of a conversation, either for or against the subject, which is sad. Such an approach does not achieve anything. Part of the problem is that both sides thinks the other is completely wrong and is not prepared to listen to the other person. Whereas before, it was very difficult to be a homosexual, it is now very difficult to say homosexuality is wrong.

It is reckoned only a small percentage of the UK population would consider themselves as homosexual (I also include lesbians). We have had homosexuals around since early history, but why do we have homosexuality? All humans have both male and female chromosomes and occasionally there are more chromosomes of one type than one would normally find and that can lead to being influenced by various factors that create a situation where someone is attracted to the opposite sex. Sometimes, it can be because of a lack of ‘role models’ within the family and/or community. Other times, it can be because of ‘bad’ experiences with members of the opposite sex and ‘good’ experiences with those who are the same sex. Or it could be a host of other reasons. There is no ‘homosexual’ gene, despite what people claim – science says so.

For Christians, those who take the Bible seriously, homosexuality is a sin. But, so is pride, swearing, lack of love, lack of mercy, lying, stealing, murder and a whole host of small and big ‘sins’. In God’s eyes a sin is a sin is a sin. So, therefore Christians should approach all people in an attitude of love, earning the ‘right’ to share a ‘better way’ for that person, whatever ‘sin’ they may have committed, for God is a God of forgiveness. And even if the homosexual rejects the teaching of Jesus, we should still love that person. Some people who are homosexuals will become a Christian but still feel that they are homosexual, yet as a result will need to become celibate.

Also, it is interesting that the word ‘homophobia’ literally means a ‘fear of men’ – not a fear of homosexuals!

So let us spend more time listening to each other!

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2 thoughts on “Homosexuality -1

  1. The thing is, you don’t ever earn a right to share a better way with me.

    If we are friends, and I discuss my relationship with you, I want you to be positive and helpful, which means listening and not judging.

    If we are great friends, I might spend a little time listening to you telling me “homosexuality is a sin” and “there is no gay gene”- does that mean you believe we have a choice, contrary to the testimony of millions of people? The tiny number who say they converted are fooling themselves, normally, see the Exodus apology.

    But not long.

    Why do you think I should learn from you, rather than you learning from me?

    • Thanks for your comments. Earning the right to share with you is not a matter of judgment, it needs to be done in an attitude of love, whether one agrees or not with the other’s viewpoint. The other issue is about the subject of ‘absolutes’. Those taken from God’s teaching in the Bible are all about right relationships, whatever the subject, so that we can all function together as a loving family. Having no ‘absolutes’ leads to chaos and breakdown in relationships. But working towards ‘absolutes’ is a journey and we all have a part to play to help us get there and that is all about loving relationships. Part of that my note is trying to get across that Christians have to learn what sin is and it is not just about ‘big issues’, it is also about everyday stuff – God calls us to mature on a journey to holiness.

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