The other day I was pondering the so-called "facts" of the homosexual gene. Now, if one believes in evolution (I personally do not), then it follows that homosexuality (if indeed it is caused by some mysterious gender-confused gene) is an aberration from nature and a non-beneficial mutation!
If the idea behind evolution is for genes to perpetuate and replicate themselves then homosexuality is the greatest blunder of evolution! Homosexuality cannot perpetuate itself and is therefore self-defeating! The fact that homosexuals still need women, and lesbians still need men to replicate themselves point to the fact that homosexuality is a deviance from the natural norm! That means that if homosexuals and lesbians do not cross-polinate with straights they cannot perpetuate their genes and therefore the so-called homosexual gene should be eliminated within a generation or so!
However, I expect that most of us (if not all of us) know that homosexuality and lesbianism are indeed aberrations. Most simply find it convenient to ignore their consciences by shouting very loud in the public arena that these conditions are normal!
The fact is that the highest authority, higher than countries' laws and judges, has spoken out on this issue. God has declared homosexuality and lesbianism sinful.
In Rom 1:18 the apostle Paul writes that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." There is definitely a lot of suppressing going on in the homosexual (for lack of a better word) community. Paul continues to write that there is no excuse for people not to know about the existence of God since God made it clear in the creation of the universe (vv19-20).
People who continue to claim that either God does not exist or who claim He is different to what He really is, become fools (vv22-23). It is because of their own foolishness that "God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!" (vv24-25) Aberrations like homosexuality are a direct result of idolatry! Because of this idolatry, the apostle Paul writes quite emphatically that it is for "this reason [that] God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." (vv 26-28)
Notice that homosexuality is not the only result of such a debased mind, even though it is highlighted and made to stand out apart from the general list! Paul carries on to mention several more sins (undoubtedly not an exhaustive list in verses 29-31), "They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless." Verse 32 warns us that though "they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
It is very convenient for many of us to stop reading this passage at verse 28 and then to conclude that homosexuality is a vile sin and will be punished in hell! The fact is that all sin, homosexuality as much as any other sin, deserve to be punished before a Holy God! God is an exacting God and any aberration from His holy standard must be judged as inferior and punishable by eternal death.
Yet, even though God hates sin and all wicked people (which includes all humanity!), because of His grace and mercy He sent Christ to die for His people as a propitiation to turn away the wrath of God for those that believe in Jesus Christ!
Even though we are beset on all sides with sin, there is a way; and that way can only be found in Christ!
Continued at The gene and homosexuality - the sequel...