I frequently come across comments on news articles that go something like this:
Commenter 1: The Bible clearly says that homosexuality is wrong.
Commenter 2: (In response to Commenter 1) But you eat shellfish don’t you?!?! You hypocrrrrrriiiiiitttttteeeee!!!!!
For the pathetically uninformed who try to pass this off as a legitimate argument (and no doubt consider themselves intellectually superior for pulling it out), let me explain why you’re wrong.
This is a common refrain from those who cannot reconcile the two statements that God is love and that He will send people to hell.
So how can they be reconciled?
So you get to heaven and there’s a big scale. And they take all the good stuff you’ve done and put that on one side and then take all the bad stuff you’ve done and put that on the other side and if you were good enough, your good stuff will outweigh your bad stuff and you will get to go to heaven.
I mean if you are pretty good, you’re in so you just need to make sure you do a few more good things, just to be safe.
That’s how it works, right?
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
There is a palpable shift in the American mindset regarding homosexuality. Every day that passes, homosexuality becomes more accepted as normal and morally neutral behavior and those that disagree are openly mocked, derided and accused of bigotry. In this regard, Christians are fighting a losing battle. Short of a miraculous revival, American society (and indeed all Western cultures) will continue to down this path.
So given that it is a losing battle, why do Christians insist on decrying homosexual behavior? Is it, as society tends to accuse, that they just ‘hate’ people who engage in homosexual behavior? Or is it something else?
And why is homosexuality a bigger deal than say, lying, stealing, murder or any of the other sins defined in the Bible?