Last weekend, my local council was flying the Pride flag and there were celebrations in the centre of town. I don’t live close enough to hear the goings-on, so I just ignored it, until I saw a tweet from a church in my local area, encouraging people to come and join in the carnival atmosphere. This bothers me far more than the flag being flown – Christians endorsing it. If you believe the Bible is God’s Word, and therefore the authority on life and how to live it, why go against what it says? It’s sad, but you don’t have to have read the entire Bible to end up in church leadership. Perhaps in some cases, people have just never read it.
Here’s what it says in Romans 1:25-27: “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error”. Relations between two people of the same sex are both unnatural and shameful. It’s made clear in Leviticus 18:22: “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable”. This is not something to celebrate. It might sound attractive – everyone romancing whoever they want, but sometimes we have to dismiss what we think and put God first.
So, what’s the alternative? Genesis 2:24: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” – a man becoming one with a woman, once they’re joined in marriage.
When I became a Christian, my sister was having driving lessons and I was challenged about the envy I felt. I could have tried to justify it. As a blind person, some would call it natural to envy someone who could drive a car, but the Bible says: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30). I had to come to God and be honest about the way I was before I could be right with Him.
You see, that’s the ultimate penalty for sin (or error, or wrongdoing) – a separation from God, the God who loves you and wants you to spend eternity enjoying life with Him – the perfect Father, who’ll always give you everything you need. Like a good earthly parent, He doesn’t always approve of our actions, but He always loves us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). As we read His Word, we’re letting God into our lives and getting to know how He thinks. That’s why it’s so important.