Friday, January 27, 2012

Should Christians Vote for Gay Rights?



Popular issues in recent years have included “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and gay marriage and adoption. Where are Christians supposed to stand when it comes to giving more rights to homosexuals, especially in light of the command to love our neighbor as ourselves?

What Christians have to realize about giving rights to homosexuals is that this is a direct assault on the family, which is something that God created and Satan loathes. Satan would have nothing more than to destroy the family unit, and he tries to negatively influence it through shows like Family Guy and Modern Family (click the show titles to read articles I have written on them).

Giving homosexuals rights is far different than the civil rights movement, for it is not a sin to be a woman or black, but the Bible is very clear that homosexuality is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-32; I Corinthians 6:9). Why should we give more rights to help them sin more?

This is like saying you want to show love to your unsaved friend by paying for their abortion or marijuana; you cannot show them love while doing something that God hates.

I realize that their salvation does not come as a result of keeping them unable to marry, but it certainly doesn’t come by allowing them to marry either.

I also know the criticism here that Christians are the new “party of no.” I am familiar with, and disagree with, the lyric from the Casting Crowns song that says, “Nobody knows what we’re for, only what we’re against when we judge the wounded (Jesus, Friend of Sinners).” The idea is that people only know that we are against these things, but doesn’t that mean that we are for the opposite of them? I don’t mind people knowing I am for morality and for actually believing that God’s Word still applies to us today.

As I have stated here before, we don’t show love to homosexuals by giving them the right to marry, we do it by showing them the consequences of living their life apart from God. The way I came to Christ was through the preaching of His Word; the message of my sin and separation from God convicted me and exposed my desperate need for a Savior, and I chose to repent and give my life to God. That same message can lead a homosexual to repentance, and you don’t even need to mention the specific sin of homosexuality to do it.

I was sharing the gospel with a man recently, and I was using the Way of the Master method which uses the 10 Commandments to debunk the idea that we are good enough to go to heaven. Here is a sample from our conversation:

Me: Jesus said that if you look at someone with lust it is the same as adultery. Have you ever looked at a woman with lust?

Him: No.

Me: Never?

Him: Never.

Me: What, are you gay?

Him: Yes sir.

Me: Well have you ever looked at a man with lust?

Him: Yes.

Me: Now we’re getting somewhere.

I then continued sharing the gospel with him and I never made it about his homosexuality, just the fact that he was a sinner and needed a Savior. He has admittedly lusted, stolen, and lied; those sins, I pointed out, were enough to separate him from God.

But that doesn’t mean that I support his right to marry a man though.

I can show him love and share Christ with him without endorsing the legalization of something sinful.

You wouldn’t push for showing love to a child rapist by granting his request to open a daycare in his house, would you? But people will only know that we are against raping, not what we are for! We can’t legislate our anti-raping morality on them! Outlawing his daycare won’t save him!

No, it’s just a little common sense to oppose something you oppose. To quote Dr. James Kennedy in How Would Jesus Vote?, we should not “lose all moral discernment and proclaim that what [homosexuals] do is acceptable (p.167).”

So if you still think that the Bible is true and homosexuality is a sin, then cast your vote for a candidate that will protect the sanctity of marriage. 

(Read Should Christians Vote here and Part 2 here)
(Read Should Christians Vote for: Abortion or Stem Cell ResearchWar and Capital Punishment)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Today as a society we don't follow everything the bible says because they are ridiculous. So why is it that Christians are against homosexuality? If all sins are equal then why is homosexuality such a problem?

Tommy Mann said...

Anonymous,

I’m not sure what you are trying to say. You said that our society doesn’t follow the Bible because they are ridiculous. Who is they? Society? Or do you mean that the teachings of the Bible are ridiculous?

If you mean society, I agree that it is a shame that people don’t adhere to biblical doctrine like they should.

If you mean that the Bible is ridiculous, then I’m afraid that is a ridiculous statement. #1, Your anonymous comment allows you to hide behind your attack, and your comment is baseless, which makes it difficult to counter point. #2, The Bible is full of incredible teachings, like loving others, service before self, and forgiveness. If you think something is ridiculous, I would love to know a specific so we could talk about it.

Yes, all sin is equal in that it separates man from God. Homosexuality is a problem, but no bigger than any other sin. As I say in the post, all sin must be repented of. This blog was not meant to pick on one sin and ignore all others; it was part of a series on voting issues. I have been consistently fair in calling out both homosexual and heterosexual sin.

Glad you found my blog, and hope to hear from you again!