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Miranda Writes: Facing homosexuality, Part 1




by Omar Miranda

A new series on homosexuality

Editors’ note: We at Insight understand that the topic of homosexuality is a tough one to deal with. This new series attempts to address this challenging issue. It should be noted from the outset that we recognize the difference between propensity and practice, being tempted versus giving in to the temptation. In either case, God calls us to seek His standard of righteousness and His power to overcome both hereditary and cultivated tendencies to sin. May God bless and guide you as you prayerfully read this series.

Today homosexuality is in the news much more than ever. At the time of this writing President Obama had recently signed into law a bill that allows homosexuals and lesbians to serve openly in our nation’s military. Besides that, if you surf your local cable channels, you’ll see that gay lifestyle programs are becoming more and more the norm.

Studies suggest that today’s younger generations are much less “hung up” about alternative lifestyles. How is a young Christian supposed to view this brave new world? What are you to make of this?

For the next several weeks we’re going to talk about homosexuality. We’re going to look at this issue from several different perspectives, and we’ll be asking—and hopefully answering—some tough but super-important questions, such as:

•What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
•What does our culture-at-large have to say about homosexuality? And how can we respond as Jesus would?
•Is there a difference between being same-sex attracted and actually acting on those feelings?
•Is homosexuality damaging emotionally, physically, and spiritually?
•Is homosexuality something you can control—is it a choice you make, or are you born that way?
•How do you get out of a homosexual lifestyle?
•How can you help someone get out of a homosexual lifestyle?
•How do you respond to/interact with/love a Christian who doesn’t see a problem with being homosexual or having homosexual feelings?

As we begin to discuss the topic of homosexuality and find answers to the questions above, there’s one thing we need to keep in mind. That is, there’s nothing we can do to make God stop loving us! No matter what we discover about this topic, be assured that God’s not sitting up in heaven waiting for any of us to mess up so He can punish us. John 3:17 promises otherwise: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!” (CEV).*

If while we’re studying about homosexuality, you find that you or someone you know is struggling with it, is caught up in it, or is hurting as a result of it, there is help, healing, and hope. How do I know? The Bible is full of stories of how God has rescued countless people from temptations, mistakes, and tight spots. One of them was a guy named David, a king.

Caught up in a sexual scandal of national proportions, King David made one wrong move after another. He lied about the scandal and then tried to smooth it over by plotting a murder, carrying out the murder, then trying to cover up the murder! When the magnitude of all King David had done sunk in, he finally did the right thing—he went to God and asked for forgiveness. And guess what? God forgave David because that’s the kind of God He is.

What was David’s reaction? He wrote Psalm 32, and it’s titled, “A special psalm by David: The Joy of Forgiveness.” It says: “Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. You bless them by saying, ‘You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.’ Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat. So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, ‘I’ll tell the Lord each one of my sins.’ Then you forgave me and took away my guilt. We worship you, Lord, and we should always pray whenever we find out that we have sinned. Then we won’t be swept away by a raging flood. You are my hiding place! You protect me from trouble, and you put songs in my heart because you have saved me. You said to me, ‘I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you. Don’t be stupid like horses and mules that must be led with ropes to make them obey.’ All kinds of troubles will strike the wicked, but your kindness shields those who trust you, Lord.  And so your good people should celebrate and shout” (CEV).

As you can see, this is no run-of-the-mill psalm. I think it’s special because King David felt so guilty that his sin had seriously affected his relationship with God and with so many other people. King David must have felt ecstatic after he got that stuff off his chest and cleared the air.

I tell you King David’s story to point out that if God can and will forgive someone tangled in sexual sin that ends up committing a murder, He’ll always forgive us. Again, there’s nothing we can do to make God stop loving us!
While we’re studying about homosexuality, I’ll be sharing some online and printed resources concerning whatever aspect of the issue that we’re dealing with. As we study, it’s my hope that I’ll present a clear, biblical view about homosexuality and how it affects us all—whether we want to deal with it or not.
Until next time, remember these things: God’s way is always the best way; life is full of decisions, so make yours good ones; and put God first in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

Feel free to contact me: you can e-mail me at omarmiranda@earthlink.net; you can keep up with me on Facebook; you can read more of my stuff on Miranda Writes at www.insightmagazine.org; you can check me out or send me a message at my Web site, thriveatlife.org; or you can reach me via snail mail (slow!) at the address below.

In Christ,
Omar Miranda, certified Christian counselor
Abundant Life Ministries
155 Earl Street
Plainville, GA 30733
Phone: 770-354-2912

*Scripture quotations identified CEV are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.

Omar Miranda is a Christian counselor with 20 years of experience working with youth in public and private middle and high schools. He’s married and has two kids. He enjoys teaching the youth at his church, reading, writing, gardening, and camping. He’s a recovering knucklehead who spent a lot of time in the past doing stupid stuff away from God. He’s been back with God for years now and is eager to share what he’s learned from his experiences by answering any questions you may have about life, the Christian life, Jesus, spiritual matters, and relationships in his column, Miranda Writes.


 





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