CNN: Christianity and Homosexuality

May 22, 2012

CNN had a fantastic article by Albert Mohler addressing the question as to why there is a focus on homosexuality.  I appreciated CNN’s presentation of Mohler’s article.  Make sure you read the whole thing as Mohler addresses some of the questions you may have, or have been asked, about when the topic of the Bible and homosexuality comes up (things like slavery, polygamy, eating shellfish, etc.).

Here’s Mohler’s concise and clear answer as to why Christians speak about homosexuality:

Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never adultery or pornography. It is about homosexuality.

Read the rest.

11 responses to CNN: Christianity and Homosexuality

  1. Thank you!

  2. What you do in the bedroom and who you love is ones own’s business… And between God and them if you will! One needs to worry about what goes on under their own roof.

  3. One needs to hold to what the scriptures count as sin. If we do not then you may as well throw out the entirety of them and make up your own rules as you go along. Of course you should not expect to be accepted in heaven at the judgement if you do this.

  4. One needs to worry about their own sins and not their neighbors. Why would someone be so concerned about someone’s personal life. Is what someone else does in their life afflict a sin on you and your chance to go to heaven. I was not put on thus earth to judge my fellow man. It’s not my job… It is not yours. It is God’s only . It’s your business it’s God’s.

  5. If you read your scripture you will find that we are to judge the members of the body. We are are called to be pure and holy and the scriptures define what is pure and holy. We are also to send those who are not pure and holy away that they make be saved. We are not to judge those outside the body, but are to love them and tell them the truth that they may come to faith.

  6. Your argument, Kim, is more of a sound bite than an argument. We (society) make necessary judgements all the time about many things, including our neighbors, from the simple (the condition of our neighbor’s house and yard) to the significant (what is the end of man and how should society be ordered in light of the telos?). In the case of human sexuality, there are those (a growing and increasingly vocal number, actually) who, using the EXACT same rationale as those who advocate homosexual marriage, champion the right for siblings to marry each other, for polygamous marriages and for polyandrous marriages. And yet, our society has judged those unacceptable. In a pluralistic culture the discussions of such topics take place in the public square. To this cultural discussion various perspectives on the various topics are presented by the various groups comprising the public square. The presentation of the various perspectives is not in and of itself a judgmental action. It is simply the assertion of a particular perspective. On the matter at hand, the Judeo-Christian witness, rooted in the creation story and affirmed by Jesus in the Gospels, is that the only state of sexual expression that is blessed by God is a monogamous, lifelong heterosexual marriage. Every other context falls short of God’s purposes for his creation. To say that is to present both an historic and a religious perspective. It is not by necessity a judgement. The Judeo-Christian witness is one voice in the public square.
    The other comment I would make us that it appears you missed the irony of the article. Mohler’s answer to the question “why do Christians speak so often about homosexuality?” was to say it is primarily because that is the primary question asked of Christians by a sex-obsessed culture/media – ignoring the robust and very positive teachings and practices of the church which affirm the dignity of humanity (and create lopsided caricatures of people of faith).

  7. Amen. Thank you for a most balanced response Steve.

  8. I’m not picking on you Steve, really… this is an honest ask. Big breath and here goes. If your statement… “On the matter at hand, the Judeo-Christian witness, rooted in the creation story and affirmed by Jesus in the Gospels, is that the only state of sexual expression that is blessed by God is a monogamous, lifelong heterosexual marriage.” is true then why aren’t we spending more time “correcting” those of us with less than “life-long” marriages? Are we still friends?

  9. That’s a great question and observation, Holly. I would say this topicc goes unaddressed because most clergy are gutless and for most Christians this strikes far closer to home. In 21 years of ordained life only a very small handful of couples I’ve married have divorced. Why? I’d say it’s precisely because I’ve taken very seriously my responsibility as pastor to pastor the people entrusted to my care. So, we do fairly thorough premarital counseling (and I’ve refused to do some weddings based on that process) – including setting the couple up with mentors. If I do the marriage I pray for you, and write you about your marriage, at least annually, for the rest of your life. Post-marriage we offer ongoing courses for both marriage and family life. As I counsel individuals who have divorced, we move through a process of confession and repentance.
    I’d take more issue with the methodology you present: “correcting”. I’ve never adopted that posture as a priest. I seek to teach, highlight and point toward the good that God has called us to in Christ. And as a good reformation Protestant I assume the complete corruption of humanity – including myself – which reveals the absolute necessity for a saviour to both save and sanctify me/us. So, I prefer a bad news / good news approach: we are sinners / we have a glorious Saviour. Lastly, I take pretty seriously Jesus’ words in John that it’s the Spirit’s job to convict with regard to sin, righteousness and judgement.

  10. At the risk of overstepping into scholarly and theological issues beyond my skill set, and since you play the Devil’s Advocate with your question, I will play it here by saying that these two issues of divorce and same sex marriage, while both pertaining to marriage and sexuality, have huge differences. First, according to scripture, God himself, who hates divorce, gave Moses a certificate of divorce to allow for the destigmatization and abuse of women who were innocent in their relationships that were broken due to the hardness of men’s hearts, and Paul allows for two distinct situations where divorce can be permitted. No one would contest a women’s need for safety if her life was threatened by an abusive and unrepentant husband. Still, counsel would be to try to reconcile the relationship first. I do not see anywhere in scripture an allowance or exception for same-sex marriage…quite the contrary. Second, while Steve has explained the great lengths taken at St. Andrews to prepare and discern issues with couples for marriage and all the follow ups involved and courses and counseling offered married couples, in the 14 years I have been at St. Andrews, I have heard countless sermons that both address and correct issues and thinking about divorce and promote, encourage and instruct marriage…yet I do not recall one sermon denouncing same-sex marriage or people who consider themselves gay or support same-sex marriage. While we may be at polar odds about the morality and acceptance of same-sex marriage, we have tried to welcome anyone and everyone into the same community that embraces and submits to the same Gospel of grace and truth we have found in Jesus Christ.
    Secondly, I have not heard of any divorcees or married persons for that matter who are trying to advocate a complete and radical revision of the most fundamental concepts held dear and critical to the fabric of civilized society for over ten thousand years to ensure that no one will ever counsel anyone to stay in their marriage, say that divorce is wrong in any situation, or enforce the education of all children from kindergarten through high school that divorce is natural, good, right, and a viable option for anyone who feels inclined to change partners. Rampant divorce rates have done enormous damage to individuals, families, and society, but the argument that they are equivalent in the current debate about same-sex marriage is to miss the forest. Most of the arguments by Christians to support same-sex marriage are unbelievably myopic.