Summary: One of the most powerful arguments in the homosexual marriage debate is “I didn’t choose my sexuality – it came naturally to me.” This message addresses that argument.
- Let’s up front acknowledge a couple of things:
a. Gay marriage is here to stay in America for the foreseeable future. That’s just a political reality.
b. Christians who claim homosexuality is wrong are going to be in the minority for the foreseeable future.
- I think it’s important to honestly assess where we are as a culture and what churches will be faced with. Now, understand, I am not arguing that we should change what believe – simply that we should be realistic about what’s ahead.
- In this morning’s message, I want to look at one of the most prominent arguments for gay marriage.
AN UNQUESTIONED ARGUMENT FOR GAY MARRIAGE: “I didn’t choose my sexuality – it came naturally to me.”
- The most “ironclad, irrefutable argument” offered in favor of gay marriage is:
- “This is who I am.”
- “This is something that came naturally to me.”
- “I cannot deny the feelings of my heart.”
- Or, as Lady Gaga puts it, they were “born this way.”
- That is a powerful argument. After all, how can any reasonable person deny someone the right to be who they are?
- It is such a powerful argument that it represents one of the reasons that public opinion on gay marriage has changed so quickly.
- The question before us is whether this actually is an “ironclad, irrefutable argument.” I would argue that it is one that sounds good but doesn’t stand strict scrutiny.
- This assertion of the rightness of homosexuality stands in the face of multiple Biblical references calling homosexuality a sin.
- Implicit with that, is the idea that what comes from within me is good and natural.
THE BIBLE'S ASSERTION: All that comes from our heart is not intrinsically good.
- “If I follow my heart, it will lead me to truth.” Well, not exactly. It would if your heart was intrinsically good, but it’s not.
- Texts to consider:
- This passage says that no one is righteous (on their own) and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
- The Bible teaches that we are sinful and messed up spiritually and morally when we are in our natural condition. Our moral compass is not properly set to true north.
- Jesus’ instructions for us to follow in life are not to “find yourself,” but to “deny yourself.”
- This means that our heart is not a trustworthy guide to all that is good and true.
WHERE ELSE DOES THAT TOUCH OUR LIVES? As Christians we often justify our own sins with the same argument.
- This idea of saying things “come naturally” applies to more than just the homosexuality issue, although that’s where it is probably most prominent today.
- Now, this where the “amen’s” die and we don’t like the sermon anymore.
a. Sex before marriage.