Monday, May 20, 2019
The way they love. . .
It is also said that since God made people the way they are, we must accept them as they are -- gay, straight, trans, or whatever. What people may believe is not the arbiter of truth. Believing it does not make it true any more than not believing renders it false. While it may sound neat to say God made me the way I am, it is hardly Biblical. Did God intend for people to be born with physical or mental handicap? Did God intend for a baby to be born addicted to drugs? Did God intend for people to be born with genes that might portend cancer or addiction or physical ill down the road? Did God intend for people to be born into a world of poverty, want, need, violence, inequity, etc? Our feelings sound good in certain lights but they sound terrible in another light. Our feelings should be respected as feeling but they do not define or make truth. God does that. And we are privileged to receive that truth and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to believe it and to live because of it. That is the Gospel. Not that our feelings define us or must be accepted no matter what or honored as the ultimate truth.
Are there cultural things in Scripture that refer to a specific context and time? Of course. Not everything in Scripture is truth there for all time and for all people. That does not diminish the Word of God. We are not forbidden for all time from eating shrimp and lobster or pork chops or bacon. Everyone knows this. To place God's creation of them male and female into the same category as shellfish or pork is, well, ludicrous.
Finally, how you love is not a fluid thing or a flexible thing or something you define. If that were the case, there could be no condemnation for anything consensual at all. How you love is not something you define. God has defined the shape of love, creating them male and female and commanding them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and have dominion over all else He made. Can humans screw it up? Of course they can and regularly do (everything from sexual abuse to adultery to pornography to prostitution to bestiality to a host of other things imagined but not yet even formally invented). And that is the point. God has created a shape and an order of love -- one that He applies even to the Church the bride and Christ the bridegroom. So enough with all the goofiness that loving the individual means accepting and approving all that they think, desire, say, or do. If that were the case, Jesus Himself would be superfluous and we would all be good just as we are, deep in our sins.