LGBTQ+ AND THE CHRISTIAN – 1 (Truth #9)
As we look at the truth of God’s Word versus man’s truth today, we see a great discrepancy in values. In the last blog we saw how the belief in no absolutes allows man to justify abortion. Now we’ll look at how it impacts our moral values through the sexual revolution.
The sexual revolution, also known as a time of sexual liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships. It started in the 1960’s. It contributed to the normalization of contraception, pornography, premarital and extramarital sex, homosexuality, legalization of abortion and alternative forms of sexuality. Turning from a Biblical standard of morality to letting each person decide what is right or wrong for themselves has opened the door to a flood immorality and sexual sins. We see that in the LGBTQ+ movement today.
There has always been homosexuality, but it has exploded in popularity and focus in the last several years. At first, their cry was, “Let us do our own thing without interference, that is all we want.” Soon after, it changed to, “Give us equal rights, that is all we want.” Now the demand is, “Force everyone to agree with us and support us. That’s all we want.”
Postmodernism says whatever an individual chooses is right for them. There is no absolute truth. Just be true to yourself, not any other standard or belief system. Happiness, they say, is the main goal in life and we are all entitled to it. So, if being involved in a homosexual relationship makes you happy, you should be free to do whatever you want. When man believes there are no absolutes and that everything is relative, then man can choose whatever he thinks is right and wrong. They believe there is no right or wrong. They are free to do whatever they want to do or don’t want to do.
Schools and teachers, TV and movies, the music industry, the news media and politicians and community leaders promote this to a willing public. It seemingly frees people from guilt and sin and legitimizes any and all behavior. These lies are communicated to our children as well. But does this really bring happiness? There is a high cost that goes along with rejecting God’s absolute truth.
The cost-of-living counter to God’s design and entering a homosexual lifestyle is a high risk of HIV, greater promiscuity, depression and substance abuse as well as a lower life expectancy. All of these are well documented. Mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health suffer.
While it may seem like this is a very large movement, actually only a small percent of people identifies with this culture. Yet they have tremendous influence today. When man turns from God’s truth, Satan enters with his counterfeit truth. And that is what has happened today. Satan wants to destroy the family unit of a man, woman and children. He wants to cause chaos in the lives of people and in our culture as a whole, and that is happening. Following the new morality today is like drinking salt water to quench your thirst. Instead of finding satisfaction and fulfillment, it just increases a stronger appetite for more extreme behavior. The patter goes on and on.
God’s Word is clear about His purpose for sexuality: sex between a married man and woman. Genesis 1:27 says: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:28 says, “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 5:1-2 says: “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them ‘man’.”
There are several important implications from these verses in Genesis. First, when Adam was alone and needed companionship, God created a woman. He did not create Bill, but Eve (Genesis 2:24). Jesus quotes these verses, affirming that marriage is one man and one woman (Matthew 19:3-6). Marriage is a picture of Jesus and the church. Jesus said God made people male and female and commanded a man to leave his parents and be joined to his wife and the two would become one flesh (Matthew 19:3-6).
The second implication is that God commanded Adam and Eve to fill and subdue the earth. Children are necessary to do that. It takes a male and female to create children (Genesis 1:28).
(To be continued in the next blog.)
In what ways have you been influenced by media and the world around you concerning sexual morality? Are you more accepting of homosexuality on TV and in movies? Do you watch programs that regularly promote this lifestyle?
Are you more accepting of people living together without marriage? Do you watch movies or TV programs that portray this lifestyle and choose to overlook the sin?
When you meet someone who is homosexual or living in immorality, do you show Jesus’ love and acceptance of them as people while warning them of the danger of their sin? Love the sinner, but hate the sin.
What are you doing to keep your children from being influenced by the world around them in these ways?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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