|We should remember we are not concerned with tradition as much as the principles that God has revealed to us. We can learn from tradition, but it is important that we go to the roots of those traditions to see if they are worthy of our attention. Homosexuality is a hotly debated issue of late. Basically, it seems that there are two types of proponents.
Those that care about what the Bible says and
Those who do not care what the Bible says.
In whatever case, we see God has spoken clearly in His Word. In case we have doubts about the passage we have thrice looked at speaking of marriage to be between a male and female, we can look at a few other verses.
"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them." Leviticus 20.13
Homosexuality fails the good design God has in several ways.
1) Rejection of God's design
In homosexuality one's sexual function is rejected. Note the clear statements here.
" For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 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." (Romans 1:26-27).
'Exchanging the natural function for that which is unnatural'
' abandoned the natural function'
These are two strong descriptions of leaving what is natural. We are wrong to argue homosexual drawings and acts are natural. They clearly are unnatural because God did not make them this way.
2) They also reject the command for the husband to cleave to a wife.
They strip off the life roles attached to the two sexes, male and female and make mockery of their sexual functions. They think their arrangement is superior to God's. Clearly it is not. Often one postures as the opposite sex. Does this not tell them that God's design is best. Does not nature itself tell them God's design is best. But their lusts have led them into the wrong paths.
3) They reject the beauty of the blend between male and female for odd and unnatural acts.
The above passage speaks clearly of the due penalty for their waywardness. Physical problems such as AIDS are just one result for their error. Emotional, societal, family and personal problems escalate no matter how many people pretend it is natural. It simply is not.
Prayer for the struggling