Several years ago as I was standing in the checkout line at Wal-Mart, which is almost enough time to write a short novel, I glanced at some of the fine “literature” on the rack. I noticed a large photograph of the remains of two humans. They were lying in the same grave in a position that made them seem to be hugging each other. The headline boldly declared, “Our First Two Ancestors Were Gay!” I turned to the woman behind the cash register and said, “If that is true, where did we come from.” She laughed.
Ever since the debate over homosexuality “came out of the closet” as I remember back in the seventies, I have heard these two forms of rationale: 1) It is a product of genetic evolution (“I was born this way.”) or 2) God made me this way.
First consider the evolutionary perspective. We can now explain all human behavior from a genetic point of view. We can blame alcoholism, drug addiction and even credit card abuse on a gene that has evolved over millions of years to protect the species from extinction. In 1983 when I was a science teacher, I picked up a copy of “Science Digest” I believe it was. Two articles in it got my attention. One was about the “evolution” of whales and the other about the gene for adultery. The article proposed to answer the question why so many men were adulterous. The argument went something like this: Take two sets of primate ancestors. One of the males is monogamous and faithful to his mate for life. The other is “adulterous” and did not mate for life. Instead he passed on his adulterous genes to as many females as possible. There were more adulterous offspring than monogamous offspring. So logically our species inherited more adulterous genes than monogamous genes. See how easy that is? That’s called “circular reasoning.” It never proved the existence or the function of such a gene.
Now apply this evolutionary rationale to homosexuality: Homosexuality is a sex-linked characteristic. A young man or woman grows up and discovers that he or she has that gene; they are attracted to the same sex, so they “mate” with that person. How do they pass on their genes? They cannot, therefore, they will die and that “genetic” mutation will be weeded out by natural selection. There is no way that homosexuality can be passed on genetically. If evolution were true, there would be no homosexuals alive today. That homosexual mutation would not be beneficial. That mutation does not make the species more fit, but rather less fit, for survival.
In fact if homosexuals were allowed to marry, but not adopt children, homosexuality would die out. The only way they can pass it on to the next generation is to inculcate that in their thinking to accept homosexuality as a normal mutation in the evolutionary process. As for marriage, I do not understand what their reasoning for marriage is. If they want to live together and have sex, what do they need a piece of paper for? Heterosexual couples live together and have sex all the time without the benefit of a contract.
The second argument: “God Made Homosexuals.” The obvious basis for this is a belief in a god. Next, homosexuals exist; therefore a god must have made them. But this is not the God of the Bible (Wait a minute. Don’t get defensive on me here, just follow the line of reasoning.). I am not arguing for or against whether the God of the Bible exists, just what does the God of the Bible say about homosexuality?
In the Old Testament, (Ian McKellan notwithstanding), Leviticus 18:22 says: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (KJV).I think that is a pretty clear indication of what the God of the Bible thinks about homosexuality.
The New Testament also is clear. First Corinthians 6: 9-10 says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (KJV). Now I know that includes a lot more than homosexuals, but still it is clear how the God of the Bible feels about homosexuality.
Over ten years ago I sat in my office with a young man about fifteen years of age. He was a self-proclaimed homosexual. In other words, it was not other people just making fun of him and calling him names. He admitted that it was true. He was the first one that I heard in person give me the “God made me this way” excuse. Showing him the passage from Leviticus, I asked, “Do you know what an abomination is?” He said, “It means something that makes God sick to his stomach.” “So why would God make you homosexual if homosexuality makes God sick to his stomach?” He sat there stunned.
To say that God made homosexuals the way they are would be to say that God made fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, drunks, kidnappers and murderers that way as well. All of these behaviors offend God.
I am not asking you to accept what the Bible says about these things because you probably won’t. My goal here is not even to get people to accept the God of the Bible. My goal here is to get people stop saying the God of the Bible made them homosexual. It is simply not true. Perhaps they may believe another god made them that way, but not the God of the Bible. That other god is a false god, an idol.
In the beginning God made “mankind” male and female. He made the woman to correspond to the man. The Hebrew word is “neged,” which means “a counterpart, or mate, to stand boldly out opposite.” That is the archaic meaning of “meet” in the King James Version of Genesis 2:18 “Fitting, proper” (American heritage Dictionary). What this means is that their genitalia corresponded. The male genitalia fits female genitalia. It is the proper way.
Consider an electrical circuit. One part is the “female” part and the other is the “male” part as every electrician will tell you. That is why you don’t have prongs sticking out of the wall. If you tried to plug in the male plug on an extension cord to a “male” socket, you would get no electric flow. The two would not fit. The same if you try to plug the female end of the cord in to the “female socket.” The plug is “meet” for the socket. They correspond electrically as male and female humans do to each other.
One cannot biblically say, “God made me this way.” Notice what Apostle Paul goes on to say after speaking about abominations. First Corinthians 6:11 says: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Notice that the Spirit of God can transform such people. The Corinthians were some of those kinds of people mentioned, but they were changed. They ceased to be such people. God wants all to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Anyone who wants to change can.