The Homosexuality Debate: Some Questions
I pose some questions to challenge both sides in the debate among Christians about homosexuality. It is an attempt to open
Questions for Christians
The following questions are an attempt to challenge evangelical Christians to think about their stance on homosexuality. Questions for liberal Christians and secular homosexualists are below.
- Whom do we truly serve?
- Have we created a situation in which people feel debarred from even starting towards our Saviour because of their sexuality?
- Am I more animated about homosexuality than about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Which of the two occupies more of my thoughts and conern? Is Jesus really good news for us, or has He become just a religion, an ideology, an ism, against all other religions, ideologies, isms?
- When a Christian reveals they support gay marriage, is my immediate reaction to doubt whether they are a true follower of Christ? Surely that reaction is wrong.
- On bringing people to Christ:
- Could I invite a homosexual person to Christ without mentioning their sexuality? Surely I should be able to do so.
- Could I leave it to the Holy Spirit of God to deal with homosexual tendencies as and when He wants to? . Or do I feel I have to do some of the Holy Spirit's work for Him? Is it not the Holy Spirit who knows the heart and roots of the person, better than you or I know them and even better than they know it themselves?
- Is not the real challenge to people who want to follow Christ, that found in Luke 9:23-25? "He who wishes to follow me should take up his cross daily; anyone who wants to keep his life will lose it, but anyone who loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will find it."
- On our approach to the topic of homosexuality:
- Are there not more important things in God's eyes than the sexual orientation of a person? Such as arrogance, affluence and unconcern for the poor [Ezekiel 16:49]?
- Have we (wilfully or not?) misunderstood what God wants His people to do in society? Not to build a Christian society, so much as be salt and light within non-Christian society? And in the arts, in academic life, philosophy, the sciences, the media, educational life, etc.
- Was it our fault anyway?
- Is the current dominance of the homosexual agenda partly our fault? Is it in part a reaction to our past cruelty and injustice to those with homosexual tendencies? Did we refuse to seriously try to understand those with homosexual tendencies?
- Was it our fault, in that we refused to consider other possible interpretations about what the Bible says about homosexuality? In the past did we treat sexuality itself wrongly? Have we wrongly seen homosexuality too quickly to be a matter of deliverance rather than trying to understand it?
- Is the current homosexualist hegemony in the media partly our fault, in that we ignored the secular media and the arts?
- Have we mis-handled praise to great people who happen to be homosexuals, such as Benjamin Britten and Alan Turing?
Questions for Homosexualists
The following questions are an attempt to draw attention to a number issues that seem to be overlooked by homosexualists. Most seem to be 'elephants in the room'.
(I use the term 'homosexualist' for anyone with an active commitment to promoting the idea that 'homosexuality is a Good Thing' -- whether they are homosexual or not. In my experience many 'liberal' Christians are homosexualists, so the following questions might challenge them.)
- On the style of debate:
- Has not homosexualism become a hegemony in the mainstream media? Such that it has cut out all contrary voices?
- Has this dominance in the arts and media been gained by good argument, or by shouting down any who oppose them? Has not shouting "Homophobic!", whenever anyone questions the homosexualist agenda, effectively silenced or sidelined all contrary views?
- Have we too readily labelled people 'gay', 'lesbian', when all they have is a closeness to someone of the same sex?
- Is the debate really over? Has the issue really been settled?
- Has the biological unalterableness of a homosexual disposition been proven? Is it not true that there is no sound overwhelming evidence for this? Is it not true that the evidence is '50-50'?
- Is it not over-simplified to say there are only two options, of moral choice versus natural unalterable inclination? Is there not also a third option, of responding to prevailing societal presupposition and cultural mindset?
- As a result, is there a huge 'spiral of silence' that doubts the validity of homosexuality, but is scared to admit so?
- On narrow focus and imbalance:
- Has too much emphasis been placed on sexuality, at the expense of other aspects of life and identity?
- Do all intimate relationships have to be seen as sexual? Can members of same sex not have a close affectionate relationship without it being labelled 'homosexual'?
- Is the homosexualist agenda a tacit form of neo-colonialism?
- Is not the homosexualist agenda (as distinct from homosexuality itself) a Western affluent phenomenon that seeks to dominate non-Western cultures without sensitivity?
- Do we assume a superiority, which sees ourselves as progressive and the other cultures as backward?
- Is there not a danger of colonial domination, presuming that Western 'progressive' ideas have an innate 'right' to domination over the non-Western ideas?
I hope the questions might be useful to each side. I pessimistically expect that if anyone does read this page, then they will use questions to the other side as ammunition :-(. It will be interesting to see what angry responses this stimulates. The balance of them will tell us something.
Created: 28 December 2014.
by Andrew Basden.