Yunel Escobar is a major league player. He got suspended for 3 games for a gay slur he wrote in his eye black. His story gathered national attention, because homosexuality is a very popular subject these days.
The world we live in, is polarized about this subject. There are two extremes in this area:
a. Ignore it and think it doesn’t affect “us.” If that doesn’t work, attack and reject the person.
b. Twist scripture to accommodate its practice. If that doesn’t work, attack and reject biblical passages that address homosexuality.
Ed Young in his book PURE SEX lists 6 myths about homosexuality. I will list 3 of them here:
1. 10% of America is homosexual. That doesn’t match up with facts. “The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, a gay and lesbian think tank, released a study in April 2011 estimating based on its research that just 1.7 percent of Americans between 18 and 44 identify as gay or lesbian, while another 1.8 percent — predominantly women — identify as bisexual. Far from underestimating the ranks of gay people because of homophobia, these figures included a substantial number of people who remained deeply closeted, such as a quarter of the bisexuals. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of women between 22 and 44 that questioned more than 13,500 respondents between 2006 and 2008 found very similar numbers: Only 1 percent of the women identified themselves as gay, while 4 percent identified as bisexual.”
2. Opposition to the practice of homosexuality is the result of homophobia or hatred. We saw this happen recently in the Chick-Fil- A controversy. Although at times we as christians have done a poor job of rejecting both sin and sinner, it does not change the fact that the Bible does point in a very different direction regarding same sex relationships. Following biblical principles can sometimes be very unpopular. We must be clear on the biblical principles, all of them, which include inviting people to a better way, as well as loving them along the way.
3. Homosexuality is immutable. The truth is that there is freedom and power in Christ from EVERY temptation and sin. Through accountability, repentance, confession, and spiritual disciplines the Holy Spirit can work to change our lives.
Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject, the Bible is clear on homosexuality. (Romans 1:25-27). It’s a sin. Two powerful truths in the Romans passage must be considered.
a. All sin starts with exchanging God’s truth for a lie (Romans 1:25).
b. The practice of homosexuality is not the only sin rebuked in this passage (Romans 1:29-31).Therefore it’s important that we do not categorize this sin above others.
Here are three actions you can take as you deal with this sensitive subject in your sphere of influence.
1. Beware of extremes. One extreme is to excuse, rationalize, or accommodate sin. Another is to alienate the sinner because of a sin we find especially grievous. Just as it is wrong to minimize sin, it is equally misguided to make one sin worse than any other.
2. Bestow love. People who struggle with homosexuality come from all races and backgrounds. Many have deep wounds that factor into their reality. Feelings of despair, low self-esteem, and confusion are more common than you think. Some might want them to just “snap out of it,” but it’s never that easy. What we can do, is love. Love does not mean approving of the lifestyle, but demonstrating by words, actions, and attitudes that the love of Christ is real for everyone.
3. Become a prayer warrior. People who have come out from the homosexual lifestyle will tell you that the change is seldom fast, and the journey is seldom short. Since the greatest power comes from above, let’s combine our love with prayer.
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