Do you suffer from homophobia?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s recent remarks that he would rather go to hell than to worship a God who is homophobic have challenged many Christians. Tutu was quoted as saying he feels as strongly about the issue of the discrimination of gays and lesbians as he did about the discrimination of black people in the old South Africa. Connecting the discrimination of homosexuals with racial discrimination is a very interesting tactic on the part of gay and lesbian activists.
The abhorrent oppression of blacks is something that is still fresh in the minds of most South Africans. The discussion about racial discrimination invokes painful memories in the minds of many black people and some white people are also overwhelmed with feelings of guilt regarding their complicity or inaction during the apartheid years. In other words none of us are unaffected by racism.
However racism and homophobia are not the same. Racism deals with the unfair treatment of people who belong to a different race. This “different” race is born different and God is the one who can account for that difference. In other words black people have not chosen their pigmentation and the same applies to white people. Homosexuals however have chosen their orientation because there is no biological factor that leads a person to become gay or lesbian.
There are other factors that lead to homosexuality but space here will not permit me to discuss them. The issue I want to raise is the fact that people who disagree with God tend to malign or denigrate Him. In other words if God will not endorse their lifestyles and beliefs then they will not honour Him. This is basically what Tutu is saying. I respect the Arch as a human rights campaigner but not as a representative of God.
Tutu is at best trying to form a god after his own kind and at worst questioning God’s integrity and commitment to the human race, of which homosexuals are a part. Accusing God of homophobia is sidetracking a very important issue and that is the one of sin. God’s hatred of sin is well documented in Scripture and this is why in His own volition He sent Jesus to deal with the sin problem. God has never given the sin of homosexuality special attention as if to say He has an axe to grind with homosexuals.
Whether a person’s sin is sexual deviancy, theft, or murder, God demands all of us to repent. Repentance is approaching God on His terms and not our own. What Tutu seems to suggest is that homosexuals should be given preferential treatment and not be required to repent. What the Bible teaches is that homosexuality is a sexual sin just like fornication and adultery. Accusing God and Bible-believing Christians of homophobia is a deliberate distraction.
Homophobia is actually described as a strong dislike and fear of homosexual people. God definitely does not hate homosexuals and neither does He fear them. God does not fear anybody or anything. The basic problem with those who campaign for the rights of homosexuals is that they think they can have rights with God. Creation does not have rights with the Creator because we were created for God’s pleasure and not our own.
God is a sovereign lawgiver and His laws do not need the endorsement of the UN or any other body. I for one think homosexuals need legal protection like any other human beings but I do not think they should have special privileges under the law. If the law has to protect us based on our orientation and beliefs then we will never be equal before the law. Crimes against homosexuals should be strongly dealt with and punished as should all other forms of lawlessness in this country.
God will never smile when a homosexual person is ill-treated or violated. Christians are not in cohorts with people who violate homosexuals or other LGBT individuals but we need them to see God for who He really is. He is not for or against anybody but is against sin. We can’t make our own God like the feminists would tell us about “Mother-God” or the racist who thinks God endorses his myopic views.
We found God as He is and it is not in His interest and neither is it in ours for Him to be like us.