“Shameful Lusts”

Tandy made a statement in his article that would make some Christians think twice about homosexuality: is the Bible really clear that homosexuality is a sin? My immediate response was “yes”. I’m not trying to impress anyone, or make it sound like “I’m so smart, I didn’t need to think twice”, but when I read that question the first thought that came to my mind was Romans 1.

In Romans 1, Paul writes in verses 24 through 32 that “God handed them over to their shameful lusts.” These “shameful lusts” include men having sex with other men and women having sex with other women. Paul addresses, in this specific chapter, that sexual relations with the same sex is a sin and not  apart of God’s will for humanity. I think some Christians want to be society pleasers. Gay marriage was not necessarily a large issue until a few years ago. It think some Christians changed their thoughts on gay marriage when people say things like “why can’t we marry who we love?”, “doesn’t God tell us to love?”, or “doesn’t God love gays?” At the end of Romans 1, Paul acknowledges those who commit sin “also approve of those who practice them”. In other words, people who practice any kind of action support and agree with anyone else who does the same as them.

When I was young, I remember reading a Calvin and Hobbs comic: when Calvin’s dad got home from work, Calvin was holding a sign that read “love the sinner, hate the sin.” That’s how God’s love works; love us, but hates our “shameful lusts”. So, when Tandy asks if the Bible’s “really, really” clear about gay marriage, I say “yes. Yes it is.”




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2 responses to ““Shameful Lusts”


  2. I really need to read my Bible more often, I had no idea that verse was in the Bible. It really gives me a new assurance about God’s point of view of homosexuality, and brought a little peace in the midst of uncertainty. I am not saying this to make anyone feel bad, or to use this new insight againts others. I truly believe in your last statement by Calvin an Hobbs, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” I try to live by this as much as possible in my daily life, not because it is expected of me, but because I know that is what we are called to do and that is what God does. I should not treat others badly because of what they believe or because their beliefs are not the same as mine. We are called to love and respect all people.

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