What a pity homosexuality is such a big deal

Like it or not, homosexuality is a big deal in our culture, and even without bringing religion into it it’s causing all sorts of rifts and problems. People are either deeply for or against homosexuality, and debates in social and scientific circles rage over the cause of it, whether it’s congenital or genetic, a choice or an illness, and what part nature or nurture play in the forming of sexual identity – in things like womb environment, sexual abuse, lack of parental love, poor gender models, inability to relate to the opposite sex, or just plain peer pressure.

What a pity, because in reality does it matter what causes homosexuality, or what science comes up with to prove homosexuality is normal, or what a Sex Ed curriculum states as acceptable and healthy sexual relationships, when one day, all humans, straight or gay, die, and our sexual identity dies with us? People struggle all their lives to have their views on sexuality accepted both culturally and legally, but when a person is dead what does it matter if he or she was heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual or transgender?

To many Christians, however, it matters a great deal, because in their minds homosexuals go to hell after they die, based on scriptures like Romans 1:16, which says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness.” Many Christians, therefore, feel a deep responsibility to speak out strongly on God’s behalf against the teaching and practice of alternative lifestyles – to prevent people going to hell.

But this creates friction with other equally dedicated Christians who quote 2 Corinthians 5:19, “that God has reconciled the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them,” meaning no one is going to hell for being homosexual, and Christians should only be speaking the good news of God’s amazing grace and reconciling love to the LGBTQ community, not condemning them.

So now Christians have made homosexuality a big deal, which is such a pity because Jesus didn’t have much to say about our sexual identity, other than remind the religious folks of his day in Matthew 19:4 that “He who made them at the beginning made them male and female.” The big deal to Jesus was God making us male and female, and going back to the book of Genesis to remember why.

Jesus takes us back to the beginning, because that’s where God explains his purpose for humanity, and why the interaction of male and female was so important. What a tragedy it is, then, when big deals are made of things like homosexuality that have no connection or relevance to God’s purpose for us.

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