Thursday, June 22, 2006



The Outrage of Redefining Deviancy

The airwaves and print media were hot with outrage this week at Chicago baseball great Ozzie Guillen for using a purported homosexual slur to refer to a sports columnist. Mr. Guillen has since apologized for his choice of word. He was also fined for what he said by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Aside from the issue of whether Mr. Guillen's remark was appropriate or not (I don't think it was in the context, surroundings or circumstances given) there is something else behind this controversy that ought to trouble us even more deeply, especially in the Christian community where speaking God's truth in love (not to mention proclaiming His Word) is a command.

I certainly do not advocate being needlessly crude, vicious or insulting to people. I do not think ethnic slurs are appropriate, nor is vulgar language, blasphemy, or any other language purposely designed to cruelly insult. However, when it comes to sexual deviancy, there is a bit of a different issue aside from supposed slur words.

To a large extent, the gay rights crowd has succeeded in redefining itself from a deviant behavior group to a protected minority status in the same fashion as a racial group. They have managed to secure redefinitions beginning with psychology, and then trickling down into the educational establishment, Hollywood and much of the news media. To radical gay activists, any criticism whatsover of their lifestyle is tantamount to hate speech. In some places, they have managed to secure legal sanctions against any who speak against their lifestyle, even ministers of the Gospel who are merely preaching traditional biblical morals. This is sad, and it is an outrage. To compare homosexual behavior to civil rights for blacks and other minorities is reprehensible.

Regardless of the political winds of the day, we are bound as believers to think what God thinks of the subject. This is defined for us in Scripture in several passages:

LEVITICUS 18:22

"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

LEVITICUS 20:13

"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."

NOTE: In the New Testament age, Christians are no longer under the Law of Moses as far as the penalties for breaking the Mosaic Law are concerned. However, the moral strictures still remain.

ROMANS 1:26-27

"For this reason, God gave them over to degrading passions, for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."

1 TIMOTHY 1:9-10

"...realizing that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching."

There are more Scriptures I could cite, but you get the idea. Neither God, His prophets or His apostles think much of homosexual behavior. They clearly call it sin. More than that, an abomination.

Now let me be clear. Sin is sin. All of us are sinners. We all have the old Adamic sin nature. Sin manifests itself in different ways in different people. Not all are homosexuals, but some might be liars. Some might be thieves. Some might be adulterers. Some might bear false witness. Some might have hot tempers. Some might be drunkards (another sin they've managed to redefine into a disease). But we are ALL sinners and are commanded to repent. In Christ alone is there freedom and deliverance from our sins. That is not to say we won't have struggles against our old nature. Of course we will. But we are to recognize it for what God recognizes it as, and repent of it.

However, the radical gay activists will have none of it. They must be accepted as normal, and accorded the same status as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Nelson Mandela and other civil rights figures of history. Many in the civil rights camp are also incensed at this "co-opting" of their righteous cause by a tiny minority of the population whose raison d'etre is their sexual habits. But that is what is in the water these days, and it will have to be dealt with by those who refuse to be cowed.

As Christians, we do indeed love the sinner but hate the sin. All sinners, regardless of what their sin is, are called to repent by God, who alone has the right to declare and define what sin is. We Christians are no better than anyone else. We have been called out of and delivered from many of the same sins. However, we are forgiven by God's grace and mercy because we have repented of our sins, and placed our trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ for our sins. To remain faithful to the Lord, this is the clear, unadulterated truth we must proclaim, no matter what the cost. We must not be intimidated and cowed into silence by a tiny, loud minority.

This does not mean for a moment we should advocate cruel treatment of those caught in a deviant lifestyle. They have the right to housing and a livelihood, and ought to be treated in a civil fashion. However, they have no right to force acceptance or approval of their lifestyle on the rest of society. If they had merely wanted "tolerance," as they put it..nine chances out of ten that's what they would have gotten. But tolerance is not enough. They want acceptance as normal, and approval. No way. Here is the Lord's condemnation of that concept, again from the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:32-

"..and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but give hearty approval to those who practice them."

If we are Christians who truly love the Lord and His Word, we can do no other but to bow to the authority of God on this subject. The world at large might well scoff, censure or worse, but stand we must.

6 comments:

Abby said...

Good post, very clear. I agree that tolerance is not enough, we must accept them, that is the message, and it's not acceptable.

SolaMeanie said...

I can well imagine what some on IMDb might say about this post, Abby!

Think they're getting the Coliseum ready for me yet?

Randy said...

Joel,
As always, you hit the hammer on the head! The gay movement isn't a protected class. Per the Bible they were a detroyed class! Again, in today's society, everyone wants to rewrite things to validate their thinking even if it is skewed. Thanks for keeping them in check. Bless you!

Abby said...

The Coliseum? At least! If you started a thread like that you'd have a storm on your hands that would never blow over! Do you fancy the challenge? I recently got into a thread about Christians and homosexuality (on a British board) and I had tons of people shouting me down for being a bigot - the irony was I hadn't even explained what I thought yet - people just want to slap a label on you and shout you down. It's so hard to have an actual dialogue.

Randy said...

Abby,

That being shouted down and they haven't even heard your comments yet seems quite absurd. I have
an aquaintance that I tried to be a friend to that is gay. I would listen to his diatribe in every phone conversation. I was trying to be nice and then wanted to present the gospel of Christ. Every conversation of his always had to bring his gay life style into it. I kindly just asked him, "Why does every conversation have to have this subject in it?" I was trying to break the ice as easily as I could. He hung the phone up on me! Over a simple question. I don't know, we're definitely in Huxley's Brave New World but, stop, and let me off!
Abby, I understand where you are coming from. It seems some people have their minds made up and they haven't even heard the facts yet!

SolaMeanie said...

Abby,

I think that is the modus operandi of these people. They do their best to shout down and intimidate anyone who opposes them with taunts of "bigotry." I often counter by saying that some discrimination is good, right and just. Bigotry is a stupid charge because one is not bigoted against a behavior. You can be bigoted against an ethnic group, but not a behavior. They try to personify their sexuality. It's sad they're allowed to get away with it. Such a tiny, tiny minority and you'd think they rule the world.