Anyone who invests almost any time at all in following groups like SoulForce knows that the homosexual movement uses some of the most egregious forms of intimidation and fallacious argumentation to be seen in the American scene today. I was looking at one of their publications just now, and saw this paragraph:
Let me make something absolutely clear: I do not consider Dr. Dobson my enemy. Misunderstanding is the enemy. We are both children of the same loving Creator, and I genuinely appreciate the many ways he has helped heterosexual families around the globe. I enjoy listening to his radio program, and I believe he has a sincere heart with an unmatched passion for nurturing and protecting families. But gays and lesbians form loving families too, and his spiritual violence against us must stop. [source]
If you dare bring biblical truth to bear upon the topic of sexual sin, you are engaging in “spiritual violence.” Just like the inane term “homophobia,” such rhetoric is meant to intimidate while raising emotional barriers to rational thought. It is highly prejudicial language without the slightest bit of rational foundation. How is it “spiritual violence” to say, “God’s Word defines what a loving relationship is; when we knowingly, purposefully violate His revealed will for us as our Creator, we cannot call the resultant relationship we create ‘loving’ because it is based upon rebellion against God and hence can only be self-centered instead of God-centered. Such relationships can only be destructive, not nurturing”? If this is a true statement, then is it not the case that the other side is engaging in violence against the truth to suppress my right to speak this truth? And make no mistake: they want to take away my right to say that.
God, as our Creator, determines what is loving and what is not. Jesus left little doubt:
3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, 5 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 ‘? 6 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
God made men male and female. God defines sexuality. The family is made up of “father and mother,” not “father and father” or “mother and mother.” The man leaves this family unit, is joined to his wife, not his “significant other,” not his “long-term partner,” and the two become one flesh. This is the union God blesses, this is the only way two people become “one flesh.” God does not join anyone else together in any other fashion. There is no question about Jesus’ intention; no question about the context; no question about the consistency of this teaching with the Scripture that came before, and what comes after. There is no question about how Christians have viewed this subject historically, either.
Only modern revisionists have problems seeing these texts, or, more to the point, being obedient to them. And their arguments are normally so pathetic that the only way to make them believable is to place them within the emotional context created by cries of “violence!” and “homophobia!” Someone who can be stirred by such irrational clamour is not likely to look too closely at the reasoning behind the gay advocate’s claims. That is why the one tiny section in the above cited source relating to the Bible is utterly vacuous and without substance: you don’t have to come up with much once you’ve turned off the rational faculties with repeated references to how homosexual “couples” are loving and anyone who says otherwise is hateful. Of course, the fact that the vast majority of homosexuals have never, ever, ever been monogamous is missed by this kind of rhetoric, but that is another subject.
As I look forward to the upcoming debate with John Shelby Spong I am once again convinced that this debate will be representative of the struggle we will all be facing in our culture with greater regularity in the future. Indeed, even today, unless one has already adopted the “silent Christian” posture, you cannot help but have to address God’s right to determine what is proper human behavior.