Disclaimer #1: I don't know many gay people or people struggling with same sex attraction. If someone close to me was gay, I may feel differently about this situation. I also can say with confidence that I myself have never felt same sex attraction or doubted my attraction to the female species.
Disclaimer #2: As a result of Disclaimer #1, I feel like I'm writing about pollution problems in England: I just don't get the problem because I've never been there and I don't know people who are there. A lot of people online can post about their opinions, but many don't mention what kind of exposure they've had to gay people, or whether they've experienced same sex attraction feelings themselves. I would urge anyone writing on this to put their own personal experiences with gay people or knowledge about the topic before discussing it, to maintain transparency.
Disclaimer #3: Based on the first 2 Disclaimers, I am not qualified to talk about this subject. At all. But as a practicing Christian, I affirm the truth of the Bible and implications for important issues like these. And I can read, which helps a lot, actually. And finally, I can write, albeit with little talent. So here goes, with hopefully less of my thoughts and more of God's truth.
Truth #1: The Bible says that homosexuality as a sin.
How can this be debated? The Bible is quite clear: homosexuality is a perversion of the good that God created. If you believe that the Bible is true, you have to conclude that God believes sexual attraction for the same sex as wrong.
Truth #2: The Bible says that everyone is born wanting to sin, each in different ways.
Everybody sins. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Pretty simple, once again. So should we be surprised when people sin, or when we sin? No. Non-Christians and Christians sin, repeatedly. We all stand guilty before the Righteous Judge.
Truth #3: The Bible says a Christian is born again into a new life, with the literal "mind of Christ."
A Christian can live in freedom from sin because of the freedom granted in Christ Jesus over sin. This does not mean that a Christian will never sin again or be tempted to sin, it just means that he/she will now want to pursue the God-given provision (either marriage or singleness) instead of the perversion of homosexuality. It baffles me when Christians say they are homosexual. It's like me saying, "I'm a porn addict," or "I'm a liar." Christians should say, "I was homosexual, I was a fornicator, but God saved me from that to the joys of knowing Him!"
Truth #4: The Bible says that Christians are to treat non-Christians as Christ treated them.
How did Christ treat non-Christians? Well, first and foremost, He died for them. Kind of a big deal. He died to save them from the rightful justice and wrath of the Father (more on that another time). He also came to serve them and meet their needs. The Church today, as a whole, has failed to imitate Christ in this regard. How can this be remedied? I'll point out one obvious answer: the Church must read the Bible alone and follow Christ's example alone. There are more answers, but that is not the focus of this post.
Truth #5: The Bible says that we are to carry the Christian gospel to the world.
The world needs to hear the truth about homosexuality and the hope that Christ offers to be free from it. Whether or not the Supreme Court defines marriage in a traditional or "equal" sense is secondary compared to the spreading of the Biblical message, in my opinion. I don't disagree with wanting to define marriage in the traditional sense, but I would just pose two questions to my Christian brothers and sisters: Should this surprise us? Does it change our primary message as Christians? My answer is a resounding no to both questions.
So, even though I'm about as qualified to speak about homosexuality as I am to speak about pollution problems in England, I still feel that this an opportunity to carry the hopeful message of Christ to a world in desperate need of it. If anyone would like to talk more about this Jesus, or you have questions about this post in particular, please email me at email@example.com.