Tomorrow begins ‘Pride Month’. Pride Month is celebrated each year during the month of June. Although many do not know why it started; it is celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The riots began when police raided a gay bar in Manhattan called Stonewall Inn. The movement has grown over the past few decades and the world has grown to embrace the LGBTQ community. Throughout the month of June many businesses, sports teams, schools, and other places will hold their own pride festivities to honor those who have chosen this lifestyle.
June is the month set aside by former President Bill Clinton and later reaffirmed by former President Barack Obama to honor the image of homosexuality. The world has made it acceptable in all aspects of life. If a person does not agree with the lifestyle of those then they are the ones who are condemned and considered homophobic. Same-sex marriages are now legal in many states and ministers and others are required to perform the ‘so-called’ marriage ceremony if asked. If they do not, they can face legal actions against them.
Now we know a little bit about what the world thinks about homosexuality but let’s actually look at what really defines the subject.
From the beginning of God’s creation, it has been pretty clear on how people were created. Genesis 1:26-27 starts off by affirming to us that God created man and woman in his image. He created male and female. God didn’t say that we had the choice of what we wanted to be after we were born. It is either man or woman and how you are born is how He created you. To say that you were born a man and are now a female would be calling Him imperfect.
Now, on to Leviticus. Chapter 18 begins to describe different forms of sexual moralities. Among these are incest, adultery, bestiality, and the hot topic of homosexuality. Verse 18 tells us that we shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. It is disgraceful, disgusting, and evil. God reaffirms this in Romans 1:24-32.
Right now you are thinking, that is the Old Testament and we are living in a New Testament world. Well, honestly we aren’t even living in that because if we were then we would not be having to have the discussion of if this topic is right or wrong. Let’s take a closer look at what the New Testament lays out. 1 Corinthians 8:9-10 is pretty straightforward on those living in the sin on what their eternal destination will be if they don’t repent. It states, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
How can that be misinterpreted? That is directly from the Bible. Paul lets us know that it is wrong. Do we believe Paul? Absolutely, because it is in the Bible and the Bible is directly from God (2 Tim 3:16).
Marriage… The world has legalized marriage but God has laid the law long before our world changed it. Matthew 19 makes it clear about marriage. Quoted from Matthew 19:8; “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said,‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” It does not say a man shall leave his father and mother and join his husband or vice-versa.
Do people really not see how serious these sins are? The only thing you can gain is the reward of eternal life with the unrighteous. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that homosexuality is right.
Thankfully we have a God that has allowed people to repent of their sins. If you are living in any of the sins discussed above, it is not too late for you to get out of it and start your life over with Christ. God will forgive you and He will give you the chance to gain the reward of eternal life with Him.