Homosexualty is engaging in sexual acts with another human of the same sex.
Love is a commitment to pursue the greatest good of the object of one's love, with the revealed person and will of God as one's core motivation and ethical framework.
Only those born of God can love (1 John 3:10-18; 4:7, 16, 19; 5:1-2; 2 John 6).
It's tempting to say, "I'm done," because, really, I am.
Our glandocentric, relativistic, pomo culture focuses exclusively on feeling. So it is being argued (without much of a response) that homosexual "marriage" is as valid as any other kind, because homosexuals can love just like anyone else. For instance, one utterly mixed-up voter in Maine gave us the full benefit of her 26-year-old wisdom thus: "They love and they have the right to love. And we can't tell somebody how to love." Armed with this "reasoning," she voted for forcing all the citizens of Maine to redefine repeated acts of sexual perversion as "marriage." So agree the great sages of The Intrawebs.
In response, Christians tend to get into that mud-pit and try to wrestle, or they just ignore the argument.
I have this novel notion that Christians need to be Christians. Believe what we believe, and do it both out loud and without simpering or temporizing.
No, as a matter of fact, homosexuals cannot love. Because
- Only Christians can love, and the embrace and practice of homosexuality marks one as a non-Christian.
- Nobody committed to pursing the highest good of the one he loves would seek to involve him or her in that which will surely destroy him as a human being, and drag him down to Hell, where he will suffer the wrath of God for all eternity.
Nor, for that matter, that the man or woman who "sleeps around" may not have such feelings, and call such feelings "love."
It's just not love. By definition, it can't be.
This takes us right to the heart of why Christians are and always will be hated. People who would be infuriated by my argument may themselves not be slaves to these particular perverse desires. But they would insist on this: they should be free to pursue their heart's desires without criticism or interference, no matter where that pursuit takes them.
This is The Gospel According to Hollywood, and it's the most popular Gospel there is. Follow your heart. Your heart is never wrong. You must do what is in your heart.
Who could possibly stand against such a message?
Answer: the infinite-personal, transcendent, immutable God of Scripture.
That is why, even if we do not propose a single law nor a single penalty, just by virtue of believing what we believe, Christians are often so hated. We stand on the other side of the "You shall be as God" sales-line.
We know that in fact our heart can and usually does steer us wrong. That is why we — every one of us, no exceptions — need a new heart. It is why, as Jesus says, we need to be born again, so that our heart that hates God and refuses to submit to His law can be given new life as a gift, and re-created into a heart that loves God, believes Him, and flees from sin to embrace His will.
None of that happens by our re-defining sin. I can redefine a baseball bat as a pillow, but if you hit me in the head with it, I'm still eating dirt.
Redefining the perversion of sin as anything else simply tightens the chains on its captives. Only the power of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly frees us.