More Thoughts on Gay Pride

I can remember back in highschool my friends and I throwing rocks at a guy who, at least in our eyes, was gay. At the time of our hurled abuse, the guy had a girlfriend, and though he dressed quite sharp, really didn’t fit the profile of being homosexual. Ultimately, he and his girlfriend broke up and a little while later he “came out of the closet.” I have often wondered if the rocks, both literal and verbal, thrown by my friends and I pushed him over the edge. Would he have gone gay if he hadn’t been so horrendously picked on?
Over the course of the years, especially since my conversion to Christ, I have known a number of gay people. My faith and their lifestyle could often be a struggle, with stereotypes pushed on both sides. And while not wanting to budge on the Biblical ethic that resoundingly declares homosexuality to be a sin, I have also wanted to show a Christ-like love that would lead homosexuals to the great salvation that I have experienced in Christ. In recent years, since my discovery of the power of the gospel through a Calvinistic understanding of Christianity, I have seen that the most profound weapon against homosexuality isn’t based merely upon biological, sociological or philosophical argumentation. The most powerful tool when confronting homosexuals, or any other unbeliever, is the gospel. Although homosexuals are involved in grievous, damaging sin, their major problem is not primarily their sexual orientation. Their primary problem that needs to be overcome is their unbelief.
I’ll never forget sitting in a Thursday evening worship service at Jarvis Street Baptist Church, hearing Glendon Thompson preach on Genesis 19. He was going through the issues that faced Lot as he lived in Sodom and Abraham’s response to him. Dr. Thompson then asked the question: What is the worst sin in the Bible? Because he was going through issues in homosexuality, the answer in most people’s minds would have been “Homosexuality.” But his answer was “no.” And then he turned to Matthew 11:20-24 where Jesus pronounced woes against various cities that rejected the gospel, like Chorazin and Bethsaida. Christ’s words are profound: “And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you” (11:23-24).
The greatest sin in the Bible, worse than homosexuality, is unbelief. When Dr. Thompson, in his magnificent style of preaching, brought this point home, chills ran down my spine. What a thought! That all of the “pride” displayed this past weekend in the streets of Toronto are not worse than the unbelief of an average Torontonian! Of course, this isn’t to say that the Pride Day that visited this city is something to turn a blind eye at. But surely the rejection of the plain revelation of God in His creation, as well as the gospel proclamation about His Son is worse than any other sin that is conceivable in the minds of men. I have never forgotten that sermon and often retell it in conversations about homosexuality. The key weapon against sexual sin, or any other sin, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. And what a weapon! It converted me! If the gospel (by God’s grace) can convert an immature, self-centred wretch like me, it can convert anyone.
Yet, the issue remains that our culture is regressing back into the primitive cultures of yesteryear. Homosexuality is accepted as normal, and those who suffer at the hands of their own sin are told that they are normal. That this is acceptable behaviour. As Christians, we have the duty and the privelege of sharing Christ with all peoples, including homosexuals. If they are to reject it, then the woes Jesus brough down on those cities will be brought upon them.
Here is an excellent article on homosexuality by Greg Bahnsen called “In the Shadow of Sodom: Does the Bible Really Say What We Thought About Homosexuality?” from Christianity and Society Vol. 4:2 (April, 1994). I highly recommend it as a good argument from Scriptures as to why, objectively speaking, homosexuality is wrong, unnatural and sinful. Bahnsen’s ability to think logically and clearly on these issues, without the emotion that often drives Christian responses, is refreshing. May God use it to His glory.
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3 Comments

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3 responses to “More Thoughts on Gay Pride

  1. Anonymous

    You really are an idiot. I despair that people like you believe twisted nonsense like this.

  2. Ian

    Well, you do know what they say in Knutsford don’t you? They say, “Anonymous posting is for cowards.”

  3. Christian Grewal

    Well played Ian, well played.

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