Do this before calling me a bigot
I guess I understand why gay rights supporters label conservative Christians as bigoted haters, but let me tell you, I really hate when they do. I don’t hate them. I hate what they do when they do it. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s attack on Franklin Graham is the latest example.
Here’s what I get: If you view homosexual activity as perfectly normal and good, then a view that identifies it as perverted and prohibited, which of course reflects negatively on those who practice it, might seem bigoted and hateful. It could seem to them like saying that marital relations between blacks and whites is immoral.
But in concluding bigotry they must disregard the primary factor separating the opposing positions and we simply can’t do that if we hope to properly understand the conflict and avoid unfair accusations like Johnson’s. God himself is that factor. Every debate, discussion, or argument over gay rights should not be allowed to proceed until the issue of God’s existence and his authority is settled.
If God is denied or his authority disregarded then of course homosexuality will be seen as completely legitimate and unobjectionable. But if he exists and the Bible is his revelation to mankind, then the opposite view is the right one. Those who claim that the Bible does not in fact teach what it clearly does teach – that homosexual activity is a sin (see here for a defense of that) – are trying to bridge the divide with faulty supports.
But apart from what God says about homosexuality, his existence is necessary even for the LGBTQ contingent to legitimately charge conservative Christians with any kind of moral failure, like bigotry or hatred.
- If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist.
- Objective moral values and duties do exist.
- Therefore, God exists.
That’s the Moral Argument for God’s existence and you can view a concise summation of it in this short video. There is no other viable foundation for objective morality, so apart from God there is nothing objectively wrong even with actually hating homosexuals.
But true Christ-followers don’t hate those who identify as LGBTQ+. We love them as human beings for whom Jesus died. As I said in my previous post, the lesson of the parable of the Good Samaritan is that God commands us to love our neighbor no matter their ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or sexual orientation. And that’s exactly what Franklin Graham was doing in directing his organization Samaritan’s Purse to set up a field hospital in NYC.
So before Speaker Johnson or anyone criticizes Christians for opposing homosexual behavior, they ought to first be required to figuratively stand before God, acknowledge or deny him, and then make their case.