Ultimate Issues: Homosexuality

Is the gay lifestyle really wrong? Shows like Will and Grace, Boy Meets Boy, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (All-American shows) would say no. Instead, they would argue that homosexuality is "an alternative lifestyle" - one that you hear about more and more on TV and also in the courts.

For example, in 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage was unconstitutional. They also decided that the definition of marriage to change from union of a man and a woman to the "voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of others."

By now, you might wonder what the real scoop is. In the face of changing legislature, has God's view of homosexuality also changed? --- No...

Now here's a longer one: in Romans 1:18-32, the apostle Paul has particularly harsh words for those who engage in idolatry and homosexuality. Men and women who practice homosexuality go against God's design for human sexuality and will experience consequences for their actions.

Two important messages need to be given on the subject of homosexuality. One is for our society, where biblical notions of right and wrong are sometimes viewed as outdated. That message is that some lifestyles are not  acceptable "alternatives".

The second message is for Christians. While homosexuality is sin, it is not the unforgivable sin (see Mark 3:29). God loves homosexuals just as much as He loves other people who do wrong. Jesus' death on the cross paid for the sin of homosexuality, just as it paid for the sins of lying, greed, lust, hate, and pride.

Homosexuals, like all wrongdoers, stand guilty before God. If that were the whole story, there would be no hope. The greate message of Romans - and the entire Bible - is that Jesus can set us free, regardless of what we've done wrong.

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