Certainly, the homosexual lifestyle has its apologists. If you have not watched the video of Matthew Vines, who took time off from college to find what the Bible really says about homosexuality, you should. The video can be found here. My guess is that if you are like me, you will see a tremendous amount of pain within Matthew. That pain is expressed in a sad longing for acceptance, certainly from others but also within himself. There is a conflict within him that tugs at the heart. Another person to express similar views about the Bible in an effort to teach Christians that they are wrong in their understanding of the Bible is Whitney Kay Bacon. Her article can be found here. I have reproduced the article in full below with my comments. I suppose you will find the same pain and the same sadness and the same conflict. This time, though, it is expressed more as anger; but it is no less heart-rending.
So Gay Marriage Biblically Offends You? Then You Should Read This…
“I want to start by saying that I am a Christian. I always have been and always will be… and I’m also a gay woman who is happily married to a beautiful British Woman named Megan. Since the recent Supreme Court ruling of legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, I have seen the ugly and the uglier come out in people I never expected. Having moved to live with my wife in the UK, I find myself in awe at the complete and utter ignorance that has been clogging up my news feed and other social media outlets in the past few days from my so-called American friends back in the South. It’s important to state that I’m not generalizing all, as I’ve also seen a positive response from those Christian in the South; even including support from an amazing pastor. However, it saddens me that amongst the many rainbow-colored pictures on my feed, there is also a great deal of hatred.”
[Here, again, is that moniker, “gay Christian”. Since I know she does not mean to say that she is a happy Christian, then she means she is a homosexual Christian. As I have written before, this term is an oxymoron. It would be no different for one to say I am a murdering Christian or an adulterous Christian. Just because one says he is something does not make it so. I could say I am a Japanese Samurai; but if you saw me, you would know that is not true anymore than Rachel Dolezal is black. If homosexuality is a sinful behavior, as the Bible teaches, then a Christian cannot be one who lives in sin, any sin, Romans 6:2.
It is sad, however, that people express an ugliness to homosexuals that they would not express to those in adultery; not that anyone should express ugliness. My guess is, however, that ugliness may mean ugliness or it may just mean disagreement. There is no excuse for approaching one in sin with anything but love. Love, however, demands we teach truth.
If the pastor to whom she refers is teaching her that continuing in her lifestyle is pleasing to God, he is neither helping nor loving. sl]
“What I don’t understand is quite simply, this: why does gay marriage bother people so much? If you are making an unnecessary palava because you’re offended by gay marriage then you seriously need to look at your own life and educate yourselves a bit. If the sole reason you feel that gay marriage is wrong because it’s a sin, and the Bible tells you this is wrong, then I sure as hell hope you don’t have bacon with your eggs or indulge in shrimp. Oh, or better yet, do you have any tattoos? Ever been drunk, told a white lie or been divorced? Yep, whoops. Those are all sins, too. And all sins are equal, right? I don’t see anyone going off the handle because of any of these ‘sins’ and I most certainly don’t see protests or hurtful propaganda against those. Just because you disagree with something — and we all have the right to do so — it is an absolute disgrace to treat the LGBT community the way you do. What if we treated all sins in this way? Bacon eaters would be doomed.”
[Anyone who says they do not understand why the issue of “homosexual marriage”, another oxymoron, bothers people has not tried to listen to the other side of the argument. We certainly understand why the homosexual community is so bothered by conservative Christian views. This attempt is merely to dismiss the idea that there could be any legitimate arguments against homosexual marriage.
The overall idea in this paragraph is that everybody sins, therefore you sin, therefore you have no right to make a judgment of anyone else. This is pop Christianity at its best and based on Matthew 7:1 in total ignorance of John 7:24. In addition and as with Matthew Vines, there is a failure to understand the difference between the old and new covenants/testaments. Peter’s vision in Acts 10 proves that the old dietary laws had been done away with Jesus’ death on the cross. Drinking and lying are sins and the Christian may not live in them. Such is not to say that he will never commit a sin, but those sins must be repented of not continued in. Being unscripturally divorced and remarried is a sin that does accord with the homosexual lifestyle in that it involves one who continues to live in his sin and does not repent of it. sl]
“Therefore, if gay marriage or ‘homosexuality’ doesn’t affect you personally in the way you live your life in any way, why do you feel the need to even get involved? Why worry about something that is, frankly, none of your business? For instance, I’m not divorced, but many people I know are, and I’m not going to judge them. We shouldn’t judge anyone for the way they live their life. If you don’t agree with gay marriage, then don’t have a gay wedding. Simple.”
[Why is this argument, that homosexual acceptance must affect me personally for me to be concerned about it, even considered a valid one? I suppose that means that we should only let those who have experienced murder to protest murder, those who have been stolen from to protest theft, and those women who have been raped to protest rape. Sadly, the same argument is not used when it comes to the father of children who are about to be aborted/murdered. But since I am not a woman, I must be silent about abortion. At any rate, the whole debate does affect me personally. First, I am being forced to accept it against my religious views. Second, children I know will be taught in public school that this lifestyle is acceptable. Third, marriage as we know it in this country will be destroyed. Fourth, more immorality will follow. Fifth, I believe this moral problem is what will destroy America. So, yes, it does affect me personally, and no one has a right to tell me it does not.
Again, we are called to make righteous judgments, John 7:24, in order to help those who are lost in sin. Jesus made judgments, the apostles made judgments, their disciples made judgments, we must make judgments. Jesus said we could know false teachers “by their fruits”, a judgment, Matthew 7:16.
“If you don’t agree with gay marriage, then don’t have a gay wedding.” But be forced to support them, service them, and praise them, to give up any religious convictions you have, or face the consequences. sl]
“I know what you must be thinking. If the LGBT community can protest and stand up for their rights, then why can’t Christians? They have every right to stand up for what they believe in also… To a degree, yes. Christianity and gay rights will always butt-heads. Luckily, we have the Equality Act 2010 in the UK, where we’ve seen it in the favor of gay rights; e.g. where a gay couple were wrongly turned away from a B&B due to the owners Christian views, to in favor of Christianity; e.g. the nurse who was wrongly fired for telling her lesbian colleague she’s committing a sin. I don’t expect the battles to ever fully cease, but choose your battles wisely. Is this really worth your time? Could your time not be better spent with showing kindness and acceptance — isn’t that what being a Christian is truly about, rather than showing hatred? It is not your duty to judge and tell others how to live theirs to ensure your angelic conscious is clear. However, it does change the lives of the LGBT community and gives us freedom and the same rights as anyone else. This means that now my wife and I, if we ever decide to move back to the U.S., can do this freely and can move to any state. Your hatred towards this is unjust and unfair and don’t even try to the quote the Bible at me; you may want to actually read it first.”
[Admittedly, this is a political point, but how can I possibly have the right to stand up for my rights… to a degree? How could the UK have an Equality Act in favor of “gay rights”? Inherent illogic. So the choice we, as Christians, have to make is should we stand for our rights and show hatred or should we just be accepting. The implication is that the right and moral thing to do is to accept the homosexual agenda. We must show love, but even Jesus told the woman caught in adultery in John 8, “Go and sin no more”. In as loving a way as I possibly can, I would say the same to the homosexual even if the same happened to me that happened to Paul in Galatians 4:16.
The ones who are trying to tell others how to live their lives are the homosexuals who are forcing us to accept. I do not care what you do in your bedroom; that is your decision to make. I am bound by God to try to teach people the truth of the gospel, that Jesus died for our sins.
I say this with as much humility as I can, “Whitney, please study your Bible. If you need help, I would be glad to help you understand it if you have an open heart to it.” I do not know all the Bible teaches, but I do know what it teaches about homosexuality. sl]
“To all of the haters, how would you feel if your rights were completely stripped from you because you had a divorce or because you had a baby out of wedlock, for instance? How would you like someone judging and telling you that you’re going to hell because of this?”
[Again, haters here are any that do not agree that homosexuality should be held in high regard. It used to be that there was shame and stigma attached to divorce and out-of-wedlock birth. Certainly, no sexual immorality of any kind is acceptable to God. Having a baby out-of-wedlock is a sin that may be repented of. Being unscripturally divorced and remarried, if corrected, may be repented of. Living a homosexual lifestyle, if corrected, may be repented of.
It is not my job to condemn someone to hell. God is the sole judge, Hebrews 12:23. All I am tasked to do is teach what God says. It is not I who condemns homosexuality, but God. God says that if you live in that sin, you will not see heaven. sl]
“As a Christian, I wholeheartedly believe that God does not make mistakes and he would not have accidentally made millions of people (and animals) gay by chance. We are all who we are for a reason and no one should ever make you feel bad for that. If anything, my relationship with God is better than ever, and I know that I am definitely not going to hell or that my lifestyle is wrong. It’s important for people to know that you can be a Christian and gay. You do not have to choose one or the other. We need more people like Christian singer Vicky Beeching, who came out as a lesbian last year, to look up to as role models.”
[The argument that there is a “gay gene” or that homosexuals are such because they cannot choose to live otherwise has been debunked. There is no “gay gene”. Don’t believe me; believe Dr. Francis Collins. See the article here.
We all have our struggles with temptation and sin and God does expect us to look to him for strength to resist and not to give in. If I want to steal my neighbor’s car, should I just do it because I was made to steal?
Whitney is convinced that she is right and bound for heaven. God did not put His truth directly into our minds. He gave us the ability to hear it and reason about it and accept or reject it. The Bible teaches clearly that one CANNOT be Christian and homosexual.
If Vicky Beeching had made a strong statement against homosexuality, would she be a role model? sl]
“So, my dear fellow Christians, from one Christian to another, please mind your own business and PLEASE make sure that your hands are clean before you point your finger at me and my community. Amen.”
[Where is the passage of scripture that tells Christians to mind their own business? If all Christians through the ages minded their own business, Christianity would have died out. Should we also stop standing against murder and rape and robbery? We must stand up for truth and speak it to those who are lost. What they do with it is up to them. God will judge each of us for what we do and what we teach.
Also, where is the passage of scripture that tells us that we cannot speak as Christians until we are sinlessly perfect? In fact, where is the passage that says we will ever be sinlessly perfect?
Christians are only reacting. This teaching is being forced on the society, and we must not waiver in standing for truth, albeit, in a way that shows that we want every sinner’s soul to be saved. Christians never seek unity by sacrificing truth. That is what this is all about. sl]