One of the biggest issues facing the Christian church today is homosexuality. The secular world says that homosexuality is actually a natural inclination amongst some people, and as a result, these people, in order to be true to themselves, should openly embrace what is deemed a genetic disposition and not so much a choice. On the other hand, Christianity has had a long history of condemning homosexuality as a sinful lifestyle as evidenced in Scripture. These two cultures are at odds. Who is right? Are homosexual tendencies actually something you are born with or are they merely a choice to disregard God's will?
Different arguments have been put forth about why homosexuality is wrong, but I don't believe most of them are adequate enough. Some argue that homosexuality is not natural, but there have been many arguments made that call this into question and honestly, the only way to argue this way is to come from the belief that there is a Creator. Some say that homosexuality is damaging to society, and again, there are plenty of arguments showing that it is no more damaging than other things that are freely accepted. In fact, the only true way it could be damaging (arguing from a worldly sense) is if the whole human race practiced homosexuality and even then we have the technology to procreate without heterosexual sex.
Let's face the truth, there really is no way to argue against homosexuality when those we argue with don't accept our biblical foundation. The danger is, because we can't effectively argue against it from a worldly standpoint we feel forced to accept it just like the rest of the world does. Why? Because if we don't we are called bigots, intolerant, prejudice, uncaring, etc... The pressure that is being put on the Christian Church (and Christians) to go along with the culture is tremendous.
Part of this is our own fault. In the past we have come across as intolerant bigots. The Christian Church has not treated all sin equally. We may say sin is sin, but in all honesty we are more gracious with some sins then with others. For Christians homosexuality has been elevated, to a certain extent, to a position equal with "grievous" sins such murder or even child molestation. As a result we have come across as uncaring to the homosexual community. Some very nasty and ungodly talk has come out of the mouths of Christians as a result. So any speaking out against homosexuality, even with the best intentions, is instantly perceived as an attack against those people who practice (or struggle with) it.
From a biblical standpoint homosexuality is a sin. The arguments to the contrary are just not adequate enough to convince me otherwise. It is obvious that the Bible condemns homosexuality as wrong (Sodom and Gomorrah, Romans chapter 1). There is no way around this. If Christians believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God then we must see it as being sin. On the other hand, it is a sin that is no greater then any other sin, and the fact is, everyone struggles with sin.
Everyone struggles with sin!! It is a fact of life, and the other fact is, not everyone struggles with the same sin. I struggle with overeating. In fact, it might even be argued that I have a predisposition for overeating. Does this mean that I should just give into it? I mean, after all, it's not my fault. I was born this way. It's true!! I was born with a predisposition, but in reality it is a predisposition to sin, and so were you! My struggle with wanting to overeat is no less or greater than someone else's struggle to want to have a sexual relationship with someone of the same sex. We both struggle with wanting to give into the temptation to engage in an activity that is wrong.
This is how homosexuality needs to be viewed, and when we view it this way it helps us identify with the homosexual and it gives us a course of action. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." The "cure" is the same for every sin. Most sin we engage in is done for one of two reasons: We engage in sin to gratify a lusty nature (to maximize on immediate though temporary pleasure), or we engage in sin to cover hurts in our lives (to create a more long term pleasure in hopes that it will mask the pain). All humans do this to one extent or another. Again, we are all in the same boat.
We can't acquiesce when challenged over this issue. On the other hand we do have to be tactful. The homosexual community has to see that it is the action we despise (as we should despise all sin) and not them as creations of God. We are convinced by the truth we know. This truth tells us to also love. We hate the sin and love the sinner. We behave as Jesus behaved. If we fold on the issue of homosexuality it is only a matter of time that we fold on other issues as well. The Bible will not longer be infallible but merely inspired by God and written by men which means error exists. If error exists then a door is opened up to endless possibilities that would be detrimental. Remember, there is only one person whom we should fear.