Recently, as I am currently preaching through Romans, I touched on the issue of homosexuality. Before I got into the scriptures I wanted to have a bit of a chat to the church. Here are my major points/questions/wrestles of that chat.
1) Jesus loves homosexuals and any conversation we have must be condemnation free, and love based.
2) At Nowra City Church we don’t and won’t view a person through the primary lens of their sexuality – our primary lens is that a person is created by God in his image and therefore worthy of respect.
3) At Nowra City Church, we recognize that homosexuality is a complex issue with varied understandings as to its cause/s and effect/s. We also recognize that every part of us is touched and tainted by sin and brokenness and this therefore must include our sexuality.
4) The call to follow Jesus includes how we express sexuality and so we believe it ought to be marked by faithfulness inside of marriage and abstinence outside of marriage.
5) I struggle with the idea that we can’t judge by saying something is right or wrong
This is the latest politically correct fad – you can’t judge. The problem with the observation that I am being judgemental is of itself a judgmental comment.
The bible lays out what is right and what is wrong and we if are no longer able to call right right and wrong wrong, we have removed sin from the world and therefore we have removed the world’s need for a saviour
If Laura (my daughter) is about to run out on the road and there is a car coming I am going to tell her to stop. Its not judgemental. Its my love guiding her to safety.
6) Why can’t we have a robust discussion about the broader implications of homosexuality or gay marriage without it descending into name calling and anti religious fervour?
7) As a Christian we need to be very careful that we are not being brainwashed into changing our theology by the subtle continuous messages of cultural spokesmen.
8) My heart breaks for the struggle that homosexual people go through.
Quote from a letter to a Pastor from a lesbian lady
“It is easy for people to tell gay people to get counselling, pray, read the Bible and stay away from their mates. But could you stay away from your wife and pray to love a man? It would be tough, huh? You can’t even think about doing that, right? Well, neither can I. That is the only comparison I can make that could really get you to feel what it’s like on my side of the fence.
If I think this kind of struggle through – wow.
9) In regards to gay marriage – I have wrestled with the idea of is it right for the Church to expect the government to legislate morality on non Christians. How would I feel if this was Islamic Shari law being put onto me?
The conclusion I have come to is that Marriage is a God ordained institution and between a man and a woman and it’s our responsibility to defend it.
10) I have recently written a paper on the damage that the gay marriage debate has done to the church and its standing in the community. The church worldwide hasn’t done itself any favours by its conduct toward the gay marriage debate.
11) How big of an issue is this really?
Quote from a research paper I wrote on the topic whilst studying at Fuller Theological Seminar on the subject of Theology and Contemporary Culture.
So how big an issue is this really? How many gay people are there in Australia? How many of them want to get married? According to a research paper from Monash University based on the 2001 Australian Population Censure – See report in Appendix A, there are 37,774 same couples in Australia. This as a percentage of all the couples in Australia is .47%. Now let’s assume that the gay community has experience radical growth over the last 10 years, and its double in size. It would still be less that 1% of all heterosexual couples in the entire nation. Granted, this minority are very vocal and appear a lot larger than they really are, one could conclude this is issue really is not as big an issue as it may appear.
To some degree, I am reluctantly posting these points as in previous blogs that I have touched on the gay marriage debate, the viciousness of the attacks on me have been shocking, so it you are going to comment on this blog, comment or argue a point, don’t attack me personally.
I acknowledge a couple of these points I took from a statement that RiverView Church in Perth use.