Perhaps never before in American history has the topic of homosexuality and lesbian lifestyles been addressed with such fervor. The church, or most of them anyway, stand opposed to such practices, while those who engage in such practices maintain thier right to do so.
Churches have certainly failed to reach the homosexual community. There is simply too much hatred spewed from the mouth of Christians that turns off the gay community. Churches who protest gay lifestyles with "God hates faggots" signs have certainly missed the boat. Venting such anger will have no redeeming effect in the lives of those who choose to practice homosexual lifestyles. I, for one, am embarrassed by those who profess faith in Christ and engage in such gay-bashing. It is simply ineffective.
BUt as Chirtsians, we must never acceot the agenda of the gay ommunity - and there is an agenda. THe gay community hopes to see thier lifestyle accepted as normal. And we must never concede to this. It is simply not "normal" for one man to love another in a sexual manner.
THere is a poit to be made about the homosexual lifestyle that is often ignore. The Apostle Paul addresses the homosexual in Romans chapter 1. And it is there that he explains the dilemma that many homosexuals find themselves in -
"...God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct..."
This is, without a doubt, one of the most troubling verses in all of scripture on the subject of homosexuality. Paul makes 2 statements that are disturbing:
Paul acknowledges that sexual relations between mena nd women is "natural." He then sattes that sexual relations between those of the same sex is a "shameless" act. And in the final verse of the chapter he writes that "those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them."