We live in a world in which a common phrase used by those on social media is “love conquers all”. This phrase has been hijacked from a general expression of love being triumphant, to now mean that the love of a homosexual relationship is now legal and “approved” by the state. By using this phrase, proponents of homosexuality indicate that they have the true expression of love, and those that disapprove of gay relationships are acting out of hate. This cannot be farther from the truth. One is not able to honestly be someone who believes in the Bible as the word of God, and advocate a relationship with someone of the same sex.
Romans 1:26-27, “For this reason 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.” Upon an examination of this particular condemnation of lesbian and gay sexual relationships, we learn what God sees in such a situation, sin. This is not to say that homosexuality is any more sinful than any other unapproved behavior in the Bible, but we cannot gloss over it to be pleasing to our friends or the world.
One of the most frustrating verses that anyone I know has used to try and approve of homosexuality was from 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter of love. Someone quoted this passage as an indication that God is love and therefore as we “love” someone, we can act out that love in any way we see fit. That is an incorrect understanding of this passage. To quote from it: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor 13:4-7). One particular thing of note from this quote is the part “love…does not insist on its own way (v.5). If we truly love someone, we will be submissive to the word of God on all spiritual matters, because we do not insist on OUR way, but HIS way.
I write this as an encouragement to all of us to know what God has said about important spiritual crossroads we will face in our culture. We cannot be silent about what our God has revealed as acceptable behavior. God loves us and wants what is best for us. If we allow Him, He will bless us.