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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Romans 1:22-27(NASB)
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
This is one of many Pauline verses that condemn homosexuality. The passage goes on to talk about other ungodly social behaviors, but Paul kicked off a laundry list of sins with idolatry and homosexuality. Verse 27 can even be read to anticipate HIV and other STDs; such diseases might well be the "due penalty of their error" The promiscuousness nature of most homosexuals coupled with the public health nightmare that is anal sex (just remember what that orifice is supposed to be used for) lends itself to the spreading of disease even without God deliberately targeting homosexuals. As we look into the continuing debate over how to deal with homosexuality in the public square, let's not forget verse 32 and not give hearty approval to such activities in the name of diversity and tolerance. That doesn't mean that good Christians need to go into "God Hates [Insert anti-gay noun here]" mode. As cliche as it is, "Hate the sin, love the sinner" still applies, and we need to be loving to homosexuals as individuals while lovingly pointing out the sinful nature of their choices.

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