LGBT is the current trend in our culture today. Thousands of individuals waved their rainbow flags as they marched through the NYC streets at last month’s pride parade. As this wide spread phenomenon sweeps through the states it has even become common in some churches. But What does the Bible say about the LGBT movement? Is God waving his rainbow flag along with them, or is he standing by with his arms crossed?
As this new trend encompasses our culture, the Episcopal church has taken full advantage of it allowing for gay and lesbian church leaders. The Episcopal church website states that “homosexual persons are children of God who have full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the church.” The Episcopal church has a very welcoming atmosphere later stating that “To our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers, sisters and siblings: ‘The Episcopal Church welcomes you!'”
Now I don’t disagree that LGBT people should be welcomed in the church. If anything I want them to hear the good news of Jesus Christ as much as anyone. But what does the Bible say about the LGBT movement? Should these individuals be leading our churches?
I raise these questions not to try to only bring you my opinion, but to get you thinking about what God intended for marriage and human genders.
I think it’s important for all Christians to take a step back and read what the Bible says about homosexuality and transgenderism. In order to figure that out, we need to break down this whole movement into two sections: homosexuality and transgenderism.So, what does the Bible say about the LGBT movement?
Does the Bible really condemn homosexuality? You could Google “What does the Bible say about LGBT?” and probably come up with a million and one blog posts and articles both supporting and condemning gay and lesbian behavior. But I think it might be good to go directly to the Bible and see what the Bible says about the practices itself.
I think the strongest argument that I found was how God originally created the earth. In its perfect conditions we can see how God intended the union between men and women.
As many Christians know the first marriage was between Adam and Eve. In Genesis one and two we read about God creating man and woman—Adam and Eve.
Note: any scripture references used have been taken from the KJV version of the Bible.
“And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he him.”Genesis 1:26-27
“And the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”Genesis 2:18
Below is when God creates the first marriage.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”Genesis 2:24-25
These verses take place when the Earth was perfect in God’s sight. No sin had yet entered the world. God had his creation exactly how he wanted it. Looking at the first marriage, we see that is it between a man and a woman. So, it is possible that one can assume that is how God originally intended marriage. Between a man and a woman.
Researching more in scripture, God commanded in his laws to the Israelite that men should not be with men and women should not be with women in the book of Leviticus.
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with woman kind: it is an abomination.”Leviticus 18:22
It is right there plain and simple.
Some people like to bring up the argument that Jesus never rejected homosexuality, and that God sent him to get rid of the old law so that the Israelites wouldn’t have to do sacrifices anymore. That is partly true, however, Jesus said himself that he didn’t come to get rid of the old law, but to fulfill it.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”Matthew 5:17
God wanted a way for a connection with an unholy people (us), that’s why he sent Jesus. He didn’t send Jesus as a way to nullify everything He commanded wrong. On the contrary, the things that God commanded were wrong Jesus came to still make it wrong, and the things that God commanded good were still good. Jesus made a way for us to get to God despite the wrong things in this world. Jesus was there to end the animal sacrifices and make a way for man to connect with God on a personal level, not to undo all of God’s commandments.
Though there isn’t much scripture on altering your genetics to make you one gender or the other, it does touch on men and women not cross dressing.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”Deuteronomy 22:5
I know it doesn’t directly talk about taking hormones or removing body parts, however, I think that the principle applies. The principle being that men and women should not try to be something that they are not.
Besides that, there is the idea that God created you exactly how he wanted you to be. Who are we to say that his creation is wrong? Who are we as humans to say that the Creator of Heaven and Earth screwed up when making us? That seems a bit far fetched to me.
Here are some scripture references to back up that idea of intentional creation.
“For thou has possesed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”Psalm 139:13-14
“Let us create man in our image, after our likeness.”Genesis 1:26
If you were born and the nurse put you in one of those pink girl blankets, you’re a girl. Assuming that the nurse didn’t make any mistakes, or the hospital didn’t run out of any blue boy blankets.
I understand that sometimes, people feel a different way than what they actually are. Sometimes, I feel like I should be a fifty-five year old wife and mother who sits at home knitting rather than a twenty-one year old woman who goes out drinking and partying. Probably because I find more enjoyment staying home and reading or making macrame plant hangers than going out and getting blackout drunk with my friends.
All jokes aside, my point is that our hearts or feelings are intent on leading us in wrong directions. The Bible even talks about this sort of thing in Jeremiah.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?Jeremiah 17:9
When sin entered the world, it also entered our hearts. Our feelings are not facts, they’re not truth, they do their very best to steer us a way that will ultimately hurt us.
If you’re a woman but in your heart you feel like a man, I can assure you that that is not the truth. The only way for that to be true is if you had facts that backed your feelings.
Now I hope that my readers understand that these are just arguments that I have come up with based on the scripture that I have read. I don’t want anyone to take this as fact, because my arguments are not fact. However, scripture is fact and truth so I encourage anyone reading this post to read these references and the Bible themselves and formulate their own opinion on these matters.
I also hope that people understand that I’m not trying to condemn anyone or say that I’m better than they are because I don’t do XYZ. My goal is not to condemn people and make them think that they are terrible human beings. My only goal is to promote the truth that God clearly laid out in scripture, not to bring hatred toward those that think differently than me.
I believe that Christians should be actively looking at scripture to understand the things that are happening in our world today. Christians should be asking themselves, “What does the Bible say about the LGBT movement?” I also believe that they should be applying those principles. If the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong, and then a church welcomes gays and lesbians into their church leadership, the congregation should have a problem with that.
I don’t hate the people who advocate for the LGBT movement. Do I think that they are wrong? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that I hate them.
I want gays, lesbians, transgenders, and straights to all come to church. I want them to hear of the good news of Jesus Christ, but I do not want them leading my church.
I love gay people. I love straight people. I love all people. It’s because I love all people, that I do this—bringing the truth to those that I love.
Just because I love you, doesn’t mean that I have to accept with everything you do.
But that’s another topic for another time.