Sunday, February 26, 2006

a great evil

About a week ago I came head to head with an ugly monster. However, I had managed to avoid seeing it until my dad pointed it out.

Some of you may have read the Canadian comic strip, "For Better or For Worse," by Lynn Johnston. The early strips are endearing in their depiction of the ordinary troubles of a homemaker. However, Johnston later introduces a gay character.

In a book compilation of her strips, titled Never Wink at a Worried Woman, Johnston brings in yet another gay character, who is easy to talk to, kind, fun, and sympathetic. She makes it seem as though there is nothing wrong with this young man.

In this increasing tolerant culture, the homosexual agenda is worming its way into society. Truth is, I read the comic compilation, giving but little thought to the ugly truth about homosexuality.

The Independent Gay Forum (IGF) echoes Johnston’s sentiments,

“Being gay is simply a natural characteristic like having blue eyes or brown hair…Gay Pride is a healthy and reasonable response for gays in a society where many people still view being gay as something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about or discreetly silent about.”

IGF is saying that being gay is natural, normal, and certainly nothing deserving of censure. I am concerned that I have become so used to hearing about how being gay or lesbian isn’t wrong, that I am not reacting strongly enough to this abominable sin.

Besides that homosexuality defies nature, God has a lot to say about it.

The creation of man and woman speaks for itself. God wants a couple to become one flesh, be fruitful and multiply.

In Genesis 19, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah because of the great evil in the city. When two angels come to visit Lot, homosexual men accost them, and the angels blind these men. After Lot and his family leave the city, God destroys it.

“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.” -Genesis 19:24

Romans 1:26 more specifically addresses the issue.

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

A few verses down it says that God considers these sins as “deserving of death.” In 1st Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul points out the consequences of this evil behavior.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

God has clearly condemned homosexuality as evil. As Christians, we ought to view it as such and be disgusted. We should not buy into the idea of being tolerant towards gays and lesbians.

I am resolved to be more aware of what kinds of ideas I am allowing to be put into my head, and to examine them carefully, so that no monster will camouflage his way into my thinking.

To learn more about this from a Christian perspective, try:
Homophobia or Holiness?
Homosexuality: The Christian Perspective

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