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Why We Fight Against Racism but Not For Homosexuality

Here lately I have seen a few comments from the secular media that compares the fight from true disciples of Christ against the sin of homosexuality by comparing it with those who opposed blacks during the Civil Rights era of the 1950’s and 60’s.  The reasoning goes like this: those who opposed blacks being equal used the Bible and claimed to be Christians too.

While perhaps it is true that some in the South (and other parts of the United States) did fight against people of color having the same rights as all Americans, those who preached the Word of God were in violation of God’s Word when it came to those issues.  Race and the choice of sex are not the same.  A person is born with their skin color and yet underneath, they are still a human being no matter what their language, race, religion may be.  They are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).  A person’s race is sacred before God.  God is not opposed to race whatsoever but He is opposed to inequality of the races (Galatians 3:26-29).

God further holds sex to be sacred and this is why we oppose the sin of homosexuality.  Sex was created by God and is to be enjoyed by two people of the opposite sex in the covenant of marriage (Hebrews 13:4).  Sex is holy before God because He gave it to us to be shared in the context of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24-25).  Ephesians 5:22-33 establishes the unique role that marriage is to play, mainly that marriage is to be a picture of Christ and the Church, His bride.  Sexual intimacy is to be enjoyed in this context, of a godly marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-5).

Sexual sins rob God of His glory.  This is why sexual sins, above many other sins, is often pointed out the most in the Bible.  From David’s sexual sin in 2 Samuel 11-12 to the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11, we find sexual sins are prominent.  1 Corinthians 5 mentions the wicked man who was having sex with his father’s wife, his own step mother!  Galatians 5:19 opens with sexual immorality being the first sin listed in the works of the flesh (vv.19-21).  Sexual sins are also seen in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and Revelation 21:8.  Sexual sins are dangerous because they rob God of His glory in a godly marriage that pictures Christ and His bride and they also hurt so many people.  1 Corinthians 6:15-16 forbids disciples from being sexually active with a prostitute.  Why?  Because it is not God’s standard as in the convent of marriage and it offends both the prostitute and the disciple since they become “one” in sex.  Romans 1:24-27 shows that the ultimate rebellion of humans is to ignore God’s purpose in sex and exchanging this for sex with the person of the same sex.

A person cannot change their race.  This is sacred to them from God.  However, a person can change their sexual desires as we see in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  A white person is born white and remains white.  Their race is given to them by God.  However, a person is not born a homosexual.  They must submit to God’s law and abide by His commandments concerning the proper use of sex in the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman.

And that is why we will fight for people of color to be equal with all people but we will not fight for homosexuals to have equal status with heterosexuals.  A person’s skin color is not a sin.  What a person does with their body can be a sin if not done according to God’s Word.  Our standard is the Word of God.  It is not what Hollywood thinks or says nor what politicians tell us.  Popular culture is not our standard regarding sex.  The Bible is our standard and we must stand upon it.  The Bible alone speaks for God in absolute truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Let us abide in the teachings of the Bible and not in what others think about us.

For more information, I recommend this teaching from Gary Demar on human sexuality.  You can find it here.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/25/2013 at 10:00 AM

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