Why should I care about homosexuality? To answer this question I feel it is important to go back to the issue of order, particularly headship.
“But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3
Headship – the leader.
In any working relationship there is headship, captain over soldiers, head cook over sous-chef, CEO over employee. We don’t pout and say everyone should be a head cook or captain. We understand that if there is to be any order, and if the business wants to run well, there must be a head. It is the head’s responsibility to make sure all goes well and that those under them are well cared for and have the tools and direction they need for the jobs at hand.
God gives order: God is the head of Christ, Christ is the head of man, and man is the head of woman. So taking this into account, if two men marry, you have two “heads”. If two women marry, there is no “head” in the relationship. Both would then be missing a part of the order God set up. You can say, “well I’ll play the role of head and you play the role of the follower/support”. That’s about as silly as telling a flutist to play the drum with their instrument. Sure the flute can hit the drum and make similar sounds a drumstick might make, the sounds may even be similar. But the flute’s intention is not to hit a drum. Do you see what I’m getting at?
Let’s look at two reasons why God created male and female, the first reason being procreation. God created Adam and Eve and told them to procreate. Why? Because that’s what He established humankind to do. God seeks more people to draw to Himself that He may be glorified.
“Be fruitful and multiply.” Genesis 1:28
“But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring.” Malachi 2:15
“For thus says the Lord,Who created the heavens,
Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it,
Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain,
Who formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18
Now hear me, I’m NOT saying that all marriages must result in more children. However, a marriage should be between male and female because male and female are in the category of being able to procreate. God created order. His ways are higher than our ways.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Do you think God is ok with some of His creation following the order He created, while applauding the others who blaze their own paths? (In my next blog I will be addressing the question of whether or not the Bible evolves to become “more loving” so stay tuned for that interesting topic.)
Here is a second reason for God creating male and female: It was not good for man to be alone – God’s solution was women.
Do we really think God’s solution was incorrect? That He messed up and forgot to mention that it’s ok if Adam or his sons weren’t interested in women? Where in the Bible does God say, “I’ve created a solution, but if you’re not cool with it you can choose a different way, and I won’t be offended.”? Imagine God saying:
The nation of Israel has turned from Me and served other gods. My solution is for them to turn from their wicked ways and I will heal their lands. But, if they want to keep serving other gods because they’re more comfortable with that — I’ll understand.
Or how about:
You have a need for salvation from the penalty of sin, I provided my Son Jesus as the solution. However, if you want to work your way into heaven and disregard my Son’s sacrifice, that’s fine.
He is not asking us to find our own solution. God’s ways are higher than ours, He created order, and His solutions are the best solutions.
I recently heard the argument that: “The fact that homosexuality is so rarely mentioned in the Bible should be an indication to us of the lack of importance ascribed it by the authors of the Bible.” – The NALT Christians Project
If we want to run with that argument then we must also conclude that pedophilia is not important according to the Bible. Along with that, bestiality apparently isn’t a big deal. Need I go on? Secondly, the author of the Bible is God, He inspired men to write it. Yes, there are differences in the books. We know there are songs, proverbs, prophecy, history, commands. So we obviously must read within the context and study to see what applies to us. Knowing the difference between a proverb and a command is important. Knowing that there are different kinds of laws also becomes critical in our understanding of the Bible. For instance, there are three different types of laws in the Bible: Moral Law – binding all people for all times (10 commandments) These laws tie directly to God’s character and so they don’t change. Civil Laws – Israeli laws expired with the nation of Israel but still are useful.Ceremonial Laws – These were to identify Israel as God’s people and point forward to Jesus’ coming. Voddie Bauchaum gives a great preach on this very topic, which is where I got the later part of this argument. I encourage you to go listen to his talk, he explains the subject so well. The part about different laws is towards the end. However, it is definitely worth listening to the whole thing. Origins: Is Gay The New Black?
Each type of law can benefit us in our understanding of God. But as stated earlier, we are not called to uphold all of these laws. For instance, Christ was the fulfillment of the ceremonial laws related to animal sacrifice.
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17
Hebrews 9 – 10 are also great references for this topic.
As a result, we no longer are bound to those laws. Christ paid the price for sin once and for all. Furthermore, He was the fulfillment of the Sabbath, in that He is our Sabbath. (Hebrews 4) We find our rest in Him. We still take the day of rest as a remembrance of what Christ did, but it is no longer a legalistic matter.
This does not discount what God put into place. Just because Jesus came, does not mean every law is to be tossed out. The moral laws still exist because they are tied to God’s character.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18
Earth has not passed away. We still live here. Even though the Savior came and made it possible for us to have a relationship with God, this does not mean we throw out the moral laws and order God put in place.
The Bible is inspired by God. So whatever is written in the Bible should be of importance to us. We should not just read random verses and do exactly what that verse says without first seeking to understand what its meaning and purpose is, and to whom it was written for. Otherwise we would be going out there stoning people left and right. Reading God’s Word without understanding the context is like microwaving your food without first figuring out the time requirement for that particular item. You will most likely end up with cold food or an explosion on your hands.
So let us look at the few passages that talk about homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”
This is pretty specific I’m not sure how this can be misinterpreted. Let’s continue.
“ Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,” 1 Timothy 1:9-10
Sodomy/homosexuality is grouped in with those things that are contrary to sound teaching (doctrine). It does not specify homosexuality outside the context of marriage. In fact, I see nowhere in the Bible where homosexuality is mentioned as ever possibly being right in God’s eyes. Sex is mentioned as being good in the context of marriage between a man and woman. But never are marriage and homosexuality mentioned together.
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
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.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;” Romans 1:24-28
If God intended for sexuality to be an open-ended issue He would have said so. It’s not like He is silent in the area of sexuality. What God has said of homosexuality is that is an abomination, unnatural. Why?
It is a misuse of the fullness of His image. He did not create marriage to be a picture of two heads, but a picture of God’s own Oneness and plurality.
So why care if homosexuals now have the “right” to be married in the States? I for one am choosing to care, because apparently God cares. And I would much rather stand with the One who created marriage. Not to mention He created everything I understand…and don’t understand.
I’m not so much bothered by non-Christians who take a stand with homosexuality. I expect it.
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16
What surprises me is the increasing number of fellow Christians who are disregarding God’s order and character, whether they realize it or not. We’re not called to bend God’s Word according to man’s changing whims and customs.
We have come to a point where we, as a whole, are looking inwardly to ourselves to redefine marriage, when we should be looking upwardly to understand why it was defined in the first place.
So why care? We must, because our understanding of God is on the line.
Engaged365, Chrissy L
Next Topic: Can The Bible Evolve? (Part 3)