To the editor:
"Do unto others as we would have them do unto us." A pot head misreads this and thinks it means giving a joint to a friend. An alcoholic thinks it means getting drunk with a friend. A President who selectively picks verses from the Bible he agrees with and rejects the rest thinks it means changing the definition of marriage to cater to the homosexual community.
Both Old and New testaments of the Bible warn that homosexual behavior is sinful and will bring God's judgment. The Apostle Paul describes the behavior of male and female homosexuality in Romans 1 and calls it unnatural, immoral and destructive. You don't love homosexuals by telling them they are OK. You love them by warning them of the dangers in this life and the next, and tell them there is hope to change. Those who tell their children and friends that they are fine as practicing homosexuals are the ones who truly hate them. For the male homosexual, the lifestyle means a shortened life by decades because of the physical diseases. Most people know how AIDS became epidemic on the U.S. by transmission in the gay community. They usually don't know our kids are told to have a Hepatitis B vaccine because of the same lifestyle abuse.
Jesus raised the standard of sexuality in his day, not lowered it. He said even to lust after a woman who is not your wife is to commit adultery. The blatant media promotion of sexual fantasizing and all sexual immorality is clearly condemned by Jesus.
Jerry Sandusky ought to use as his defense that he was born with the desire to sexually abuse children. He could also cite ancient societies that had sexual relations between men and boys as acceptable. Who knows if the president isn't also evolving to believe that is true?
Face it. The Bible is either the Word of God and standard of truth when it comes to morality, or it should be banned as a hate crimes book because of its condemnation of homosexuality. Without the Bible, we can decide our conduct by the latest opinion poll or the latest issue of Psychology Today or some all-wise government bureaucrat can tell us.
On the contrary, sin is still sin no matter who says it is legal. The homosexual couples who have been married in several states are still living in sin. No legislator, judge or president can take the seat of authority to declare right and wrong. Only God has that authority. Hitler declared that Jews were less than fully human. They were still fully human when the courts of Germany allowed them to be killed in gas chambers. Babies are still human when the abortionist doctor refuses to let his patient see the baby in her womb and then goes in and destroys it.
If you think God doesn't care about homosexuality, remember the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus went all the way to the cross, paying the penalty for our sins if we will just repent and seek his salvation. His first public message was, "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." There is forgiveness and hope for all who turn to Jesus. We all need to repent of our sins. It was a few decades ago that Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, noted, "If God doesn't judge America, he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."
Rev. Glen Bayly
Mifflinburg Alliance Church