I was reading about the whole homosexual controversy over Orson Scott Card’s beliefs and the movie “Ender’s Game” coming out (See article here) and the call by the homosexual community to boycott the film and it struck me how ridiculous this is. I Thought I would share my thoughts on homosexuality. But first, I would like to take a moment and state why this is ridiculous.
The Christian community has proven for many years that Hollywood is not affected by boycotts. Why? Because even though you can get a somewhat large amount of people to agree with you, boycott with you and even picket with you, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the population that will not go along with you even if they believe in your cause but will not step out on it. So a boycott of the film will do nothing for their cause. Second, those who boycott are typically hypocritical. I will use Christianity as an example as I am a Christian who is often offended by the non-Jesus like acts of my fellow Christians. They boycotted the Disney movies because of the fact that it had magic in it but turn out in droves to see “Harry Potter“. I am not making any claim on any of the movies one way or another. But to boycott one and then go and watch another that has the same thing is hypocritical. A boycott of “Ender’s Game” because of the author’s belief but not boycotting other movies where the original author might not believe as you is hypocritical. And in the end, I don’t think either (the Christian’s boycotting or the homosexuals boycotting) will do anything to advance your cause and only serve to paint you in a negative light for not being more accepting of another’s beliefs. Which I would point out, if you want people to accept your beliefs but you are not accepting of another’s belief that makes you hypocritical.
That brings me to my thoughts on Homosexuality.
Let me begin with a question I was asked a while ago, “Is homosexuality sin?” Yes. Plain and simple. However, it did not make God’s top ten list. What do I mean? The Ten Commandments (found in Exodus 20). On that list, is some pretty heavy hitters like adultery, murder, honoring your parents and lying just to state a few. Therefore if homosexuality was not important enough to make God’s top ten list, I don’t think we should spend time focusing on whether it is sin or not. Instead, we should focus on the point of why God gave us a list of sins at all and that is to point us to Jesus. God loves all of us without exception. However, in his make up, he is perfect and to remain perfect He can only let people who are perfect into heaven. Well no matter how devout or how holy or how good or how righteous we think we are, not one of us is perfect. This is where Jesus comes in. The whole concept of sin is not to condemn but to lead people to Jesus who can through his sacrifice lead us to God as perfect creations. Why? Think of it like a courtroom where we have been tried and found guilty of breaking the law. However instead of being sentenced to the punishment a man comes in and takes the punishment for you. If you could do that and if you accepted this man’s offer, it would leave you scot-free to leave the court and live your life again. This is what Jesus did. He took the penalty for all of our sin and when we accept him into our lives (accepting the man’s offer) then you are seen by God as being perfect and able to be with him. And if God did that for everyone, who am I to attack a certain segment of the population because of anything. In fact, the great call of a believer in Jesus is not to condemn or even point out the sin but to lead people by the hand to this great friend of mine named Jesus who will make them able to be with God as well.
So, that brings me to my personal belief about homosexuality. I believe that you have the God given right to live your life any way you want. I believe that you have the God given right to be treated equal like any one else. I believe that you have the God given right to not be attacked because of your belief. I do not believe you have the right to expect me to participate in your lifestyle. I also believe that you have the God given right to accept Jesus’ offer of salvation just as you are and be able to go to heaven. Don’t let Christians keep you from Christ.
Now seeing that God accepts you and I do and it is my deepest hope that you accept Jesus, I have some advice for homosexuals.
First, stop checking me out in the bathroom. It is creepy. And it would be just as creepy if I was in the ladies bathroom checking out women so don’t say I am discriminating because I want some sense of privacy with my man parts in the bathroom.
Second, have a bucket of cold water thrown on yourselves. I can’t walk in the mall without seeing a homosexual couple all over themselves and almost being obscene. Don’t tell me that heterosexual couples are doing it because I challenge you to find me at least a tenth as many heterosexual couples that are acting that way. In fact, most heterosexual couples have the decency to do that stuff behind closed doors. Let me give you an example. Some years ago, my wife and I attended a coworker party. At this party was six couples and a couple of single people. One of the couples were homosexual. Want to guess which one was the ONLY couple to be expressing a very public display of affection for another? The homosexual couple. Did that mean that the heterosexual couples didn’t love each other, no. But it seems like homosexual couples act like they have something to prove to society. You don’t. Homosexuality isn’t new. It is almost as old as time (look back at Sodom and Gomorrah or the Romans or the Greeks). So act like normal people who aren’t trying to suck the face off of their significant other in public places.
Third, when you parade stop looking like a leather clad porno and dress appropriate for an event where children could be present because right now they need to be miles away when you march. You are shocking people but not in a good way. In fact, you are doing more to hurt your cause then help it. Trust me. None of us wand to see your goodies barely covered and mostly hanging out. If we do, then we would be checking porno sites on the web (and I realize a bunch do but that is in the privacy of their home).
Finally, drop wanting to be married in favor of a civil union. No matter how hard you try there will be people out there opposed to the idea of homosexuals being married. And the real truth of the matter is that homosexual couples want all the same rights (legal, insurance, benefits, etc) as heterosexual couples. A civil union would give you those rights without having to fight the uphill battle of getting ultra-conservative groups to change their mind on the concept of homosexuals being married. It really is semantics here and your willingness to compromise would go a long way to smoothing relations between different people groups. Remember we only have one world to share here. Also, remember you have been pushing and pushing your agenda for the rest of society to have to swallow and compromise for, I think it would be best if you did some of the same.
In the end, God loves you, PERIOD! It does not matter how you live your life or what you have done. God loves you. Jesus loves you and accepts you right where you are with all that you have done, are doing and will ever do. He does not judge you but loves you unconditionally and will open the doors of heaven for you if you will accept him. And if you are good enough for God then you are good enough for me.
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