In ancient civilizations, homosexuality was celebrated and practiced openly even in governmental entities. The Greek and Roman empires practiced sodomy, bisexuality, bestiality and homosexuality. Both of these empires fell from within due to the decadent and perverse behavior that included temple prostitution and adulterous mindsets.
When Jesus Christ came to Earth he gave the definition of marriage. Matthew 19:4-6 says, In the beginning God created them male and female, and for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall become one flesh. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Jesus liberating statement lets us know from Gods point of view what marriage is. It is instituted by God for the purpose of holy union of a man and a woman. Any other type of marriage is not Gods plan, but rather is a distorted and twisted view of marriage with plural wives, homosexuals and marriages between believers and unbelievers. Even the Hebrews flawed Gods plan, and he judged Israel for inter-marriage with pagan people.
Mount de Sales has fired a man who has violated the marriage principle laid down in scripture, and for that reason they should be given that religious right to do so. His announcement of wanting to marry another man goes against the teaching of Jesus Christ regarding true marriage. This is the end of the discussion for me and for all who hold the Bible as sacred instruction in righteous living.
The Catholic Church should be just as judicious in the placement of priests. What we are seeing now in America is a seismic shift in the moral fiber of our nation. The controversy of our time is can homosexuals practice his/her sexual life without any dissent. Political futures are now tied to this, social futures, business futures and even church futures. Jesus had the woman taken in adultery at his feet, and when the accusers demanded she be stoned said, Let him that is without sin cast the first stone. He then turned to the woman and asked, Woman, where are your accusers? She answered, No man, Lord, Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.
When someone has an encounter with Holy God, it changes them. The things they loved, they now despise, the things they despised, they now love. The new birth, being born again, creates change. It doesnt mean I am perfect, but it means I have been forgiven my sins, and now I am to walk in a different way.
Jesus spoke of Lot, who lived in Sodom and Gommorah, towns where homosexuality was more the norm than the exception. As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be also in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. They were marrying and giving in marriage. Marriage was distorted in the days of Lot. God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah as an example of what will ultimately happen to all who reject Jesus as savior and lord.
Homosexual unions is unfruitful, unholy and unhealthy. Many lie in graves because of the grievous health hazard associated with homosexuality from both mental and physical consequences. Alcohol and drugs pervade those who are trying to blot out their conscience, dull the voice of Gods disapproval and trying to placate themselves with lost family relationships and social enigmas.
I dont say this because I hate. Quite the opposite, I love and dont want to see anyone ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire where all adulterers, heterosexual and homosexual, will have their place. Jesus died to pay for our sins, but as with any gift, we must receive the one giving us the gift and be willing to let him guide our lives. Giving our life to him means forsaking those things displeasing to him, and becoming a fully devoted disciple. This is what is missing in Christian dialogue in the controversy of our time.
Anthony Smith is a resident of Byron.