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Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 3




by Omar Miranda

Homosexuality and Our Culture

This week we’re going to talk about how our culture views homosexuality. Then we’re going to answer these two questions: Why does society feel the way it does? And how should we, as Christians, respond and interact in our culture when it comes to homosexuality?

First, we have to understand some things about the mind-set of people today who make up our culture. Maybe you’ve heard of the term postmodern. It’s a descriptive term for our culture today. Basically it means that people believe that truth is created rather than discovered, and is relative. This idea causes most folks to think that nothing is absolutely true, and no one can know if something is totally true or not. But this is not true, because there are some absolute truths in life. Also, many people in our culture practice tolerance. This idea is that everybody is equally entitled to their opinions, and that everybody’s opinions are equal. Now let’s talk about how these cultural ideals relate to homosexuality.

The number one lie that Satan has fed our culture is that homosexuality is not a choice; people are born homosexual. This is totally untrue, and there is tons of research to back up what I’m saying. I promise to explain this further to you next week. The number two lie that Satan has fed our culture is that if you don’t agree with, support, or celebrate those who are homosexuals or those who support homosexuals, then you’re uneducated, backward, or an intolerant religious nut who’s spreading hate speech.

I’m blown away when gay people get upset at me for not being “gay friendly” toward them, although I’m friendly toward them. The difference is that when they ask my opinion about their beliefs and practices, I tell them what the Bible says. I’m not nasty, disrespectful, or rude to them, but they typically get upset at me for sharing none other than my opinion! Don’t you think it’s interesting that in a culture of so-called tolerance that people aren’t very tolerant of Christian opinion?

While most people in our culture think that people should be tolerant and find the truth for themselves, the problem is that when we ignore God or rid our lives of Him and His truth, we begin to believe lies. Let me share with you a long but important passage from the Bible about this mind-set. Then I’ll highlight a few important points in it.

Romans 1:18-32 says: “From heaven God shows how angry he is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. They know everything that can be known about God, because God has shown it all to them. God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That’s why those people don’t have any excuse. They know about God, but they don’t honor him or even thank him. Their thoughts are useless, and their stupid minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but they are fools. They don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, they worship idols that are made to look like humans who cannot live forever, and like birds, animals, and reptiles. So God let these people go their own way. They did what they wanted to do, and their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies. They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God’s creation instead of God, who will be praised forever. Amen. God let them follow their own evil desires. Women no longer wanted to have sex in a natural way, and they did things with each other that were not natural. Men behaved in the same way. They stopped wanting to have sex with women and had strong desires for sex with other men. They did shameful things with each other, and what has happened to them is punishment for their foolish deeds. Since these people refused even to think about God, he let their useless minds rule over them. That’s why they do all sorts of indecent things. They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip, say cruel things about others, and hate God. They are proud, conceited, and boastful, always thinking up new ways to do evil. These people don’t respect their parents. They are stupid, unreliable, and don’t have any love or pity for others. They know God has said that anyone who acts this way deserves to die. But they keep on doing evil things, and they even encourage others to do them” (CEV).*

Wow! The author of this passage of S­cripture, the apostle Paul, accurately describes what has happened in our culture. Just to quickly recap, he points out that even though people have no excuse to do so, many people ignore God and do what they want to do. As a result, their natural desires tend to be evil and result in sinful acts. And one—but not the only one—of these resulting sinful acts is the practice of homosexuality.

As I’ve mentioned in other articles, there are many, many different kinds of sins, and God hates them all equally. But while all sins have the same spiritual consequences—a broken relationship with God and the penalty of death—not all sins have equal consequences relationally, emotionally, and physically.

Now, moving on to answer our last question, How should we, as Christians, respond and interact in our culture when it comes to homosexuality? The same way Jesus did. He always held out love, tenderness, mercy, grace, and compassion to others, but He never sacrificed or watered down the truth. And this is what we should be willing to do for this culture that’s fooled itself into thinking that their way is the right way.

Next week we’re going to be looking at the research behind the questions Is homosexuality something you can control? and is homosexuality a choice you make, or are you born that way?

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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