Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. (Leviticus 18:22)
Relate: Around junior high and the early years of high school there was a Tv show called In Living Color. It was in a lot of ways a knock-off of Saturday Night Live by a predominantly black cast and featured such great names as Jamie Fox, J-Lo, Jim Carey, and pretty much every single one of the very prolific Wayans family. What the show is most remembered for, at least for me, is the “Wanda” sketches by Jamie Fox, and the Men On… sketches by Damon Wayans and David Greer with their “Three Snaps in the Z formation”. They were great… at least I thought so at the time. I can remember being a part of a comedy sketch around that time where we were Frank and Hank Delahoopinpoopin. Along with In Living Color, we imitated a ridiculously over-the-top gay culture and set of mannerisms and got all kinds of laughs. Twenty-plus years later, that would no longer work. What one generation whispered about it as taboo, the next generation mocked it as comedy and now this generation accepts it as normal.
React: This verse in Leviticus, one among eighteen prohibitions against various forms of incest, adultery, homosexuality, and sodomy, is one of the most frequently quoted verses by the Westboro types along with the most frequently rationalized, downplayed, or marginalized by those who would want to normalize homosexuality. Honestly, I myself am having an incredibly difficult time even writing this in an effort to balance truth and love. The common response for evangelicals has become something along the lines of “homosexuality is sin but so is lying and pride and we all struggle with those” or some such semi-truths that I hear so often it has become cliche’.
That doesn’t begin to dig into the struggle between the desire to do right and the lust for sin faced by Christians who struggle in this area. It doesn’t begin to delve into the war someone in the closet has both against culture and their own seemingly overwhelming passions. I don’t struggle with this temptation and so I cannot begin to address the trial, the difficulty, one who faces it must go through. Yes, I have other struggles, but I will not demean others by trying to compare apples and oranges. Your struggle is yours, mine is mine, we can have sympathy but not empathy. Only God can do that and He does. Our struggle against sin, whatever that sin, should not be whispered around as taboo, and it does not deserve to be mocked as comedy. We must also be sure not to simply accept it as normal. Scripture is authoritative. It is our standard for faith and conduct. It is unjust to use it as a weapon to abuse others, but neither can it be rationalized, downplayed, or marginalized. It is what it is. Our job is to surrender.
I pray that You help us to look to You and to Your word as the standard of right and wrong. Don’t let us be swayed by what culture dictates. Don’t let us be convinced by our own conscience or passions. You are the standard for what is right. Your truth is the plumb line for holiness. And it is only Your mercy and grace that gives us the strength to overcome evil. In every struggle, let us approach Your throne of grace with confidence knowing that You love us and care for us no matter how we were born and no matter what ways we have rebelled against You. Let Your love conquer through our lives.