This morning I was reading the first chapter Romans. First off I know that this is the book often used as the most condemning about the practice of homosexuality. And yes it is hard to dispute some of the languages "men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another" etc. But leaving those verse for a minute what occurred to me was the the rest of the book.
I think most people need something to be "proud of," to identify with.
This helps them feel justified. I think some people whom like have been
said use the scriptures and avoid the very appearance of evil, which is
good advise, but feel justified in it. It also says that man isn't
"justified in the law," but through obedience. And that's the key.
I think when people need to fly a flag in order to declare who they
are, they need to really think about what they are aligning themselves
with. For the most part I think the more close we become to the spirit
the less and less we need to find these worldly things to identify with
and the more sacred things are what we find definition in. And I don't
think having an interest in music, theater or dance makes you gay or is a
gay thing. I think that assigning those things to a "orientation" is
wrong. But I do think there are aspects of the "gay culture" which are
also in the hetro-culture that are just as bad. Paul writes of things
like "unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of
envy, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God,
spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural
affection, implacable, unmerciful."
The other thing that hit me
in this section of Romans was that Paul writes that in order to obtain
the fruits of the gospel a person needs to be obedient to it. He writes
that there are those who have had or have heard the gospel and may have
even claimed to have had it but have not used it in the way that God
would have them do. He writes that we shouldn't be ashamed to preach it,
to stand by it and to proclaim it. I take this to mean that this would
be the flag we fly outside our houses. That is should be what we
proclaim, not proudly but with love and hope that they will come to the
truth. Yes we need to tell people that "God loves them." But then we
also need not be afraid to tell them the rest of the story.
someone that "God loves you just the way you are" implies that that God
is bound to save them no matter what they do. This removes any need for
obedience because God's love will save them. I think this is what Paul
was saying when he wrote: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they
glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in
their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools.