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4 Christian Guideposts to Homosexuality

Until today, I’ve never had the confidence to post any thoughts about homosexuality. I’ve been silent.

Yet as I’ve thought about it more, I’ve come up with four simple points to guide my own response to homosexuality. Perhaps you will benefit, too.

1. Talk about it.

One of my favorite theologians, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said it pointedly:

Not to speak is to speak.

Every time we choose to sweep the issue of homosexuality under the rug, we show by our silence that it’s unimportant.

For a long time, I simply thought I was unqualified to speak. Then I read, “It is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand” (Job 32:6). If God has enabled me to understand, then it’s wrong for me to not share my understanding.

Talking goes both ways. Good speakers are good listeners. If you’re going to say something about homosexuality, make sure you’re also listening to understand.

2. Stop talking about it.

Sometimes, we just need to change the subject.

If I seem contradictory, hear me out. Homosexuality is a big topic, and I don’t want to discount it.

Yet when Christians incessantly talk about homosexuality, the issue isn’t placed in the light; it’s placed under a laser. The world hears, “All sins are equal,” but see overemphasis at the expense of other issues. Perhaps it’s time to start talking about lying, cheating, spiritual apathy, or cohabitation (hello!).

3. Remember the foundation.

I put all my faith in a book that was written nearly 2000 years ago. Here’s why:

It claims to have been written by God.

If that’s not true, then the Bible is a solid moral compass. But if the Bible really is written and sustained by God, then we need to take it seriously.

The book of Judges ends with a piercing observation about Israel’s culture:

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).

Israel fell into anarchy because the people lacked a foundation.

That phrase “right in his own eyes” comes up again in Job 32:

These three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. … [Elihu] burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God (Job 32:1-2).

After 30 chapters of incessant arguing in Job, Elihu finally speaks up because the focus has shifted to Job proving himself right.

To the Christians who fight with other Christians: Remember Whose stance you’re representing.

4. Remember the aim.

Many Christians have been rightly accused of using the truth to bash homosexuals.

A false dichotomy exists in Christian culture between speaking the truth and loving someone.

Can these exist in unity? Yes.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).

Christian doctrine, when rightly taught and interpreted, results in love every time. More than that, doctrine allows us to love with a heart, mind, and faith in God that are all solid.

  • Guy Unzicker

    yup.