Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ten Thoughts on Homosexuality

My favorite sculpture is Rodin's The Thinker. It shows us a man who is obviously pondering something significant. I wish we Christians did more of this. It is my belief that the majority of Christians do not think through difficult issues. Instead, they simply believe what they've been told by somebody at some point in some place. As followers of Christ we need to know both what we believe and why we believe it. As our culture increasingly wars against Jesus Christ, we must be prepared with robust answers to life's difficult issues.

One issue that is being thrust upon us is homosexuality. It is not going to go away. Rather, the topic is increasingly in the news. Also, homosexuals are, if not growing in number, at least showing their homosexuality in more public ways. For example, it is now fairly commonplace for me to see homosexuals holding hands as they walk around Savannah's historic district. This was not the case just five years ago.

I love sports. Because of this I follow sports on the internet on a regular basis. The latest huge sports story is that of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. This is a big deal. It is such a big deal that I couldn't avoid it last week no matter where I looked for sports news. This is just another example of how our society is changing.

As Christ's ambassadors, we must know what we believe about homosexuality and why we believe it. We also need to be ready to engage our culture at large and homosexuals in particular with the good news of Jesus Christ. This is our responsibility.

In light of this I'm putting together a relatively brief (at least in lengths of particular posts) blog series entitled Ten Thoughts on Homosexuality. Yes, the series title is dull. I hope the posts won't be; you be the judge - the first "thought" will appear tomorrow.

I already entered the fray yesterday with Believing Homosexuality is a Sin Does Not Make You a "Homophobe" or a "Bigot." That post was a simple rejection of the way our culture is increasingly attempting to push any dissenters on this issue to the margins. The ten posts in the series will be different. My intention is to put forth ten basic yet important thoughts about this topic. It will not be groundbreaking. However, because homosexuality is thriving in our society, we need to be prepared to discuss it. This series is a small attempt in that direction.

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