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The Sexuality of Homosexuality

Homosexuality. It’s one of the most dividing issues in America today. Everyone has an opinion on it. Christians are especially known for their “bigoted” views on the subject. They believe against it, calling it an abomination, raging against the laws supporting it. “Because the Bible says…” is their favorite mantra.

What the Bible actually says – that’s a discussion for a different post, where we can fully explore the issue.

But whether it’s wrong or not, that says nothing about the state of the heart. What does the heart want – and is it wrong to want in the first place?

Feeling a certain way, having a desire for a certain thing – desire, a leaning toward one thing or another, is not in and of itself wrong. Many are quick to point out the verse that speaks of the thoughts of the heart – that if a man so much as looks at a woman in the wrong way, then it is adultery in his heart. Therefore, to have a liking for one of the same sex is so much worse, even if the person never acts on it.

But that’s just it – the action itself is the problem. Even the thoughts of the heart is an action. It is not in the sudden, quick look – the so-called “first look.” It is in the entertaining of that look, the lust that grows in the heart – that is where sin is found.

Homosexuality is defined as a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex. Quite surprisingly, the word in and of itself is not a sin. A man is attracted to a woman walking down the street – this is well known. But there is very little talk about this kind of attraction, other than that a man must not continue to look. To be attracted to one of the same sex, however – that is an abomination, and there is something disgustingly wrong with that individual. They need to get right with Christ right away, and probably even then there will still be something a little “off.”

Is there a double standard here? Men are allowed the first look, because after all it’s natural. Men are sexually driven creatures, and they are compelled by what they see. As it turns out, so are women, but that’s yet another post in and of itself.

So men are naturally attracted to a pleasing woman. It’s accepted, because it’s natural for him to desire a woman.

What about when a man is distracted by another man, or a woman by another woman? “Abomination!” cry the righteous Christians, thumping their Bibles and pointing to Scriptures. No action was taken, barely a thought formed. But the mere distraction alone is enough to damn them, it would seem. No grace period for these disgusting souls.

Here’s the thing. Looking at one of the opposite sex, or one of the same sex – it’s the same thing. Both are sexual lusts, driven by sexual desires. That’s not to say that it would not be wrong to act on those desires – this is purely looking at the heart matter.

A person can’t help their natural inclination. Those that claim that a person is born homosexual – they are right. A person has certain desires, just as a man might have a domination fetish, or likes role play, or any other sexually-driven desire.

The Bible has much to speak on the topics of sex and immorality. But notice that it has less to say about the heart’s desires. Yes, there’s the problem of lust – but it’s not even about that. It’s the deeper issue of what a person desires in their heart. And sometimes, their heart honestly desires sin.

Sin is beautiful to look at. It wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t pleasant to the eyes. Paul says that there is a sin that so easily besets us. I think sometimes we claim that verse, but then toss it aside when it becomes convenient.

An action, even entertaining a thought process – that is sin. But to have the desire already there – that is merely a manifestation of Jeremiah’s warning that “the heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked…”

No man can trust the heart. The heart is full of wicked desires, sexual or otherwise. We have very little right to be blasting the homosexuals for their desires, when we ourselves are allowed “little” sins.

Sexuality became very twisted when sin entered into the world. What once was pure and holy became corrupt and vile. The union between a married man and woman stretched into that of any soul who happens to be “in love” or even just in the wrong moment at the wrong time. God created every person with a sexual desire, one meant to be given to their spouse. But as sin often likes to do, that desire becomes corrupted, and corruption can take many forms.

Who are we to say that one form of corruption is better than another?

 

Restoring the captivity of Job

We all know the story of Job. Poor, persecuted man, afflicted just because God and the devil both wanted to prove a point. One of the richest men in the region loses all his wealth in a single day, and if that’s not enough, he loses his family, too. Immediately after, he loses his health, in a very painful way.

Then follows 35 chapters of dialog between Job and his friends, who had come over to comfort him (not very well, as it turns out – see Job 16:2. One of my favorite verses, lol). At the end, God joins the conversation, asks Job a few questions, and then it’s over. Point made, Job goes on with his life. He bounces back after his illness, he regains his wealth, and he even goes on to have more kids. Happily ever after.

Except… that’s not really what it was. Yes, all that did happen, but it wasn’t just that the trial was over and everyone moves on, happy go lucky.

I was reading in Job the other day, and a sentence stood out to me that I hadn’t noticed before.

Job’s friends were rather cruel to him, insisting that his afflictions were the result of hidden sin, and that he needed to get right with God. They took the familiar stance that trials are a punishment, a sign that the afflicted person is harboring some secret sin, and that it needs to be resolved. Of course, this is sometimes the case, as with David and Bathsheba and the son that died as a result of David’s sin. But sometimes, affliction can come for other reasons. Such was the case here with Job, who knew he was innocent. Sure, he was a sinner, just as any other man, but he was not hiding anything, nor was he indulging in a secret sin.

It was not only unfair of Job’s friends to accuse him, it was downright wrong. And it angered the Lord. No doubt, it angered Job as well. No one likes to be accused of something they didn’t do.

In Job 42:7, God addresses the friends, informing them of His wrath and that they needed to make things right. But although he addresses the other men, we can draw a conclusion about Job, as well.

He needed to forgive his friends. They had repeatedly accused him of something that he did not do, made him out to be something that he wasn’t. That’s not something anyone takes lightly – and yet, Job had to let it go.

How do we know this? Verse 10. Here we get into Job’s recovery, how he got everything back – wealth, health, and his family. But before all that happened, something else had to occur. It wasn’t until Job prayed for his friends that God restored him.

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends…” It wasn’t just a simple, shallow prayer. God knows the workings of the heart, and He does not accept an insincere prayer. Job might have been able to fool his friends, but he could not fool God. There was no doubt that had he harbored ill feelings toward his friends, that God would not have had honored his prayer, and the captivity would not have been restored.

The prayer had to be sincere. For that, Job had to forgive his friends, wholly and completely. Now, that’s not to say he wasn’t angry. He may well have been, and continued to be. It’s hard to change your feelings in a day. But he did have to let it go, not let it sit and fester. He had to pray for his friends, honestly and sincerely.

Remember the story of Jonah. He finally went and delivered the message that God had commanded – but it was not sincere. He did not truly want the people to repent, to find favor with God – and God had to teach him a lesson on it. The people had accepted the message and repented, but God knew that the preacher had not been sincere in giving it.

Everything didn’t just magically get better with Job. Something had to be done first. Job had to find forgiveness. He had to pray for his friends and deliver a sacrifice for them, and he had to do so honestly. It wasn’t enough to pray for them, but secretly hope that they “get theirs.”

Job had to forgive before he could be restored.