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.”
- Romans 1:26-27.
- 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.
- Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Romans 3:10, 23.
- “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:
a. Romans 3:10, 23.
- 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.
b. Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34.
- 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.