© Original content written by James R. Carlson
American society is plagued with competing ideas, some of which can be harmful if followed – homosexual legitimacy is one case in point. As we struggle with the definition of social norms in America, many advocates of homosexual legitimacy are emerging and pressing for legal changes that would force society to accept what they already deem is unacceptable; however, this can cause more harm than good. In the face of such social and legal challenges, we need to gain perspective on the public debates that rage in various social institutions and what their views may be.
Homosexuality is sin! The Bible is clear on this. The gospel of Jesus Christ tells us two things about sin. Jesus died on the cross to pay for the penalty of sin and to forgive us of our sin. Everyone is offered the gifts that God has for us all by faith in Jesus. Homosexual deceit, however, tells people that if you embrace sin, you will find liberty therein, which is a lie! Jesus clearly taught that if you practice sin, you will be the servants of sin. Homosexuality is a lifestyle of bondage. Homosexuals are sinners too!
Sadly, the enabling view of homosexuality that liberal Christian churches teach is that we should love the homosexual. However, God’s love rebukes and forgives sin whereas man’s love embraces and makes enabling excuses for sin. God gave us His gospel so we can live a life separate from sin, not in sin. Sadly, liberal and misguided churches teach that homosexuals can both believe in God and live in their sin. This teaching, express or implied, is sinister and leads to the eternal damnation of the homosexual (Galatians 5.19-21).
Where is the love of Christians? Are they truly willing to hold the hand of a homosexual while they are living a life of sin and headed to hell?! They need to be rebuked for their sin, told of the forgiving love of God, and assisted in a life in Christ lived apart from sin. Church, follow Christ!
The active homosexual is living a life of sin. The wages of sin is death. These people are in the bondage and slavery of sin, which is leading them to death. As we preach love, we need to show love by not enabling them in their sin. Homosexuals may have a knowledge of God, but are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. They need the forgiving love of God so they can be freed from their sin and live a healthy life apart from their sin.
Too often, society enables those whose self destructive behavior is better treated with a compassionate rebuke as a first step towards healing rather than blind acceptance of their poor behavior. Psychology is a field of study related to the behavior of individuals and groups that focuses on poor behavior, its definitions, recognition, and treatment. However, the psychological profession has abandoned the homosexual community and enabled them to consider themselves normal in a society that often, and rightly, views them as abnormal.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives followed in 1975. This was done in contradiction to prevailing social norms, which has led many homosexuals to seek acceptance by society of their homosexual behavior. Homosexual behavior is contrary to nature and should continue to be considered a mental illness by the professional community of psychology.
Among the many things that can be said of homosexual behavior is the fact that it is a self destructive lifestyle.
Homosexual behavior is born of sexual addiction, which goes beyond a normal healthy sexual appetite. Active homosexuals are more likely to be infected by and carry sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) virus was first labeled GRIDS (Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome). However, the medical health profession, following in suit with the psychological profession, has abandoned the homosexual community and no longer preserves the community against needless infections. Whereas gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and other STDs are tracked by public health officials, AIDS has special exemption from scrutiny. Millions of people are suffering from AIDS and the medical community ignores the homosexual community in tracking and treating it all in the name of political correctness.
Homosexual behavior is also very codependent and the hallmarks of codependency are evident in the homosexual lifestyle. The study of codependency should include homosexuals in order to treat them and help them recover from the lifestyle they are trapped in, which is destructive of their body, their soul, their spirit, and their lives.
Homosexuals are also the victims of sexual predators. Many, if not all, homosexuals have been seduced and molested by other homosexuals. And just as many children who have been molested and grow up to become molesters, homosexuals are people who have been abused by other homosexuals and later turn to abuse others. These people are living a captive life of abuse and oppression and deep within their heart are begging God for relief. However, like most codependent behavior, they are unable to account for their own responsibilities and focus the blame of their troubles upon society.
Having abandoned the unborn child following the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the liberal political community abandoned the homosexual following the declarations of the psychological profession that same year. While Christian conservatives oppose the legitimacy of either abortion or the homosexual political agenda, many liberal Christians support the homosexual in a misguided pursuit of political legitimacy.
Sadly, many people with homosexual relatives are taught to enable their loved ones with a false sense of Christian love. Christian liberals, taught a false sense of Christian charity without purity, seek legitimacy for their family members by advocating ‘gay rights’ in the political arena. However, as Allan Keyes said, ‘there is no right to do what is wrong’ and the homosexual lifestyle is one of sinful behavior that cannot be legitimatized by law.
Libertarians are often advocates of social liberalism and economic conservatism. While the word for ‘economy’ comes from the Greek root ‘eco nomos’ meaning ‘management of the household’ or ‘rule of the family,’ economics is a sociology that cannot be separated from social issues. Instead of being half and half, liberal and conservative, libertarians should support conservative values on both sides of the ledger. Libertarians often advocate the repeal of the laws prosecuting criminal abortion, sodomy, and drug use. As such, they are pseudo anarchists. The Tea Party and Moderates in the GOP both claim to have conservative credentials but lack them in key areas of social morality.
President Clinton, a liberal politician, implemented the don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT; 21 Dec. 1993) policy for the military, which ended the previous policy of general discharge for announcing one is homosexual and a less than honorable discharge for practicing homosexuality (sodomy). Referring to non-vaginal intercourse, the acts of sodomy are abnormal (oral or anal). While Bill Clinton and Miss Lewinsky were practicing this form of sex between 1995 and 1997, a violation of Maryland law (Clinton should have been prosecuted), the Texas law prohibiting sodomy began to be challenged. In 2003, in Lawrence v. Texas, the state sodomy laws were overturned because they were being applied to homosexuals only and not heterosexuals like Clinton.
30 years after the psychological profession gave up on the homosexual community, special interest judges found a way to abandon the immoral and previously illegal behavior of sodomy that snares and defines the lifestyle of the homosexual. The laws of Texas and elsewhere should be returned to prohibit the unnatural practices of sodomy for anyone (hetero- and homo- sexual) and our social norms should be validated by law and not rejected by judges.
As social norms continue to be eroded in our nation, prevention of sexual harassment (POSH) laws have taken root in the workplace to curtail the sexual revolution occurring elsewhere in society; what is acceptable in popular media is not always acceptable in the workplace. While social norms are blurred in some elements of popular entertainment media, workplace norms have largely remained the same. Many things considered acceptable to some are not acceptable to others in the workplace. POSH training has become a part of the training required in the military for all personnel and in private sector businesses as well.
Key to POSH training is the elimination of sex as a topic of discussion in the work place. Homosexuality is a topic of sexuality that does not belong in the workplace. Clinton had no intention of preventing sexual harassment in the workplace when he introduced don’t ask don’t tell (DADT) into the government Clinton practiced homosexual behavior (oral sex – sodomy) while in public office and was an advocate for the homosexual behavior with DADT. None-the-less, DADT policies actually work to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace.
Government officials, imbibed by false religious teachings, dysfunctional psychological norms, and enabling political perspectives, actively encourage homosexual behavior by trying to legitimatize them. The growing pressure that some politicians are under from the left wing in the halls of power speaks to their lack of moral resolve. As Daniel Webster once said, we need to stand up for public morality to defend our liberty.
Academia is highly charged politically and often the fountain from which many liberals spew their propaganda. Sadly, I have experienced homosexual propaganda in the classroom at the University in Texas in Austin just as millions of others have in their schools. Academics are respected in society but the substance of what they teach is questionable. Not only is it found in colleges across the nation, it is beginning to emerge in public schools with at-risk children.
Prepubescent children have no business learning anything about sexuality in public schools. That little children, or any children, should be introduced to homosexual behavior (passive or active) should be a violation of law as endangering children. Sadly, many children in public schools are openly gay and are not receiving any counseling about their abnormal behavior. As they have been sexually seduced and molested to become ‘gay,’ they should be protected against continued abuse and prevented from abusing others in public schools.
An often overlooked area of homosexuality is the lack of relational skills. There is nothing wrong with same sex relationships; we call them friendships. The problem with homosexuals is that they couple the sex drive with their desire for friends. Homosexuals typically confuse friendships with their sex drive. Children need mentoring in their relational skills not the brainwashing of homosexual propaganda. Boys and girls need to grow in their mutual respect of one another and develop healthy friendships and relationships without addressing sexuality.
The Democrat Party is the repository of the teachers unions in this nation and they are advocates of homosexual rights. As such, the curriculum of public education is slowly bending in the direction of the Democrat Party platform as it advocates ‘gay’ rights. The arena of public education is no place for the politics of sex and children should be protected against those who would seek to profit politically from the public education of homosexual perspectives.
The tabloid media and professional journalists in America (often indistinguishable from each other) also support supposed ‘gay’ rights. As a politically charged medium, they too are vocal advocates of homosexuals gaining more liberties that society traditionally refused to give them. As an institution, the media has a political agenda to sponsor those who advocate homosexual legitimacy while chastising those who oppose such things has homosexual marriage.
As it is typical with liberal thinking, traditional social norms and morality are often thrown under the proverbial bus so that the standards which prohibit abnormal behavior no longer pose a threat to those who seek perverted lifestyles. Society functions as a society based upon socially accepted norms while the media is at war against them. Anyone seeking to advocate responsible, moral, social behavior is subject to endless harangues by the media.
Even the supposed conservative Fox news agency is subject to the typical media world view. While claiming to be conservative, Fox news personalities are more libertarian than conservative (O’Reilly, Beck, etc). As Fox continues to portray soft porn on their network as a steady diet (pornographic media bias), they are soft on their moral stance against sexual immorality, which includes homosexuality. Expect the same kind of liberal media bias from libertarians on Fox. Having the libertarian media bias, you can expect the same stance on the social moral issues as you would from the liberal media bias on the whole.
In case you missed it, I oppose any legitimacy being granted to people practicing illegitimate (read immoral) behavior. I agree with Allan Keyes who said ‘there is no right to do what is wrong.’ Openly gay people in the workplace create an environment that is hostile when they require my participation with their viewpoint; perspectives that I oppose. Sex has no place in the workplace as a topic of discussion and the workplace is not a political arena or a political theater.
I for one advocate a return of the Texas sodomy laws by amending them to agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in 2003 – apply them to both hetero- and homo- sexuals. I believe the Christian church should openly promote the gospel of Jesus Christ and rebuke the sin of both sodomy and homosexuality while proclaiming the liberty we have in Christ apart from sin. I believe the professionals in psychology should begin to treat homosexuals for their mental illness and stop teaching society how to enable them in a self destructive lifestyle. I also believe public education should stop teaching ‘sex ed’ and leave that to the parents of children. If public schools can’t stop enabling children in homosexual practices, we need to prosecute that as well. Also, I believe people in politics should avoid the libertarian social liberal views and advocate social moral norms that defend social moral standards and not attack them. I won’t even bother to ask the media for help, they are at war against God and morality and have no desire to stop anytime soon.
In the end, we are only individuals in a vast society with many social and institutional currents tugging at us every day and in every way. To swim upstream against the homosexual lobby, like salmon swimming against the current, may mean a headlong trek into troubled waters. However, each of us should examine their own souls and ask God what is best. As we truly pray for others and share the love of God for their forgiveness and renewal, let us always remember that purity goes with love. Love and righteousness are no strangers; love without morality is a lie. It is a sin to continue lying to the homosexual community, enabling them in a self-destructive lifestyle.
To be liberated from the snare of homosexuality and find true peace with God, please pray this prayer:
God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!