From the way that this issue is painted, Homosexuality is the worst sin to befall mankind. I made the argument in a discussion of the McDonald’s boycott that there are many sins that God hates, and that we should make sure that we major on what God considers sin.
So, what about this sin?
Let’s Look at Romans
Perry believes that God exaggerates the importance of this sin based on Romans 1:27. What’s interesting about this passage is that it is a progression.
If you back up to Romans 1:18 you see the root of the problem:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. [Emphasis mine]
All ungodliness gets God’s judgement because people are without excuse. Let’s remember that the very first sin—the sin that started our separation from God was not homosexuality, but disobedience spawned from pride. In fact, if there were a sin that I would think merited the award of the “highest sin” it would be that of pride1. Pride was part of Lucifer’s fall. It was part of Eve eating the fruit (“You would be as God!”). Pride is something that we all struggle with every day.
From there, as we travel down the passage we actually see that the sin that’s really called out here is a rejection of God.
- When they knew God, they did not glorify him (vs. 21)
- They were not thankful (vs. 21)
- They became vain, and foolish (vs. 21)
- They trusted in their own wisdom (vs. 22)
- They made idols, and worshipped works made by their hands in the image of the creation (vs. 23)
It isn’t until we get to verse 24 that we see God doing anything—and it’s in response to these sins. Again, because of these sins, God gave them over to the uncleanness of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies.
Homosexuality is a Result of Sin
Homosexuality seems to be at the end of a culture in decline, not at the start. It’s a symptom, not the cause.
A preacher once gave the illustration that sin could be likened to a spider web. One may say, “I have to keep cleaning the spider web” but the smart person would say, “I have to kill the spider.”
In this case, homosexuality is the web, and the sin of rejection of God is the spider.
Sodom and Gomorrah
Take the classic illustration of Sodom and Gomorrah. We all know that sodomy gets its name from this ancient city, and that they were judged for their sins—one of which was homosexuality.
The interesting thing is what’s said of Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49-50:
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].
What are the sins for which God punished Sodom? Although you could read “committed abomination”2 as “homosexuality” in this passage, it’s near the end of the list—pride being at the forefront.
So my argument is this—we can spend our time trying to combat one of the latter stages of our culture’s decline, or we can actually pay attention to what caused this problem in the first place.
Perry’s on the right track here with training his children. But our time and energies would be better used reaching souls with the life-changing Gospel of Christ (killing the spider) than attempting boycotts to change policies that only reflect the culture at large (the spider web).