There is ever increasing chatter and a growing line of legislation regarding homosexual rights, traditional marriage, and domestic partnerships or the likes. Most recently:
OLYMPIA — Washington state made another symbolic step toward legalized gay marriage Thursday when the Senate passed a domestic partnership bill that would provide new rights for same-sex couples.
The bill now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure if it gets to her desk.
This is not just a benefits and rights issue, if it were then we would be enacting legislation like Hawaii:
Hawaii has a reciprocal benefits law that gives same-sex partners some rights, in areas of insurance, property, pension and hospital visitation. Seattle PI
This is about pseudo-marriage and pressure to accept homosexual behavior as normal and teach our children to accept it as normal.
I believe that men and women are normal couples; men and women make up a normal marriage; a man and a women are normal parents and kids have their best chance of growing up to form a normal relationships if they are raised in normal households. I don’t deny exceptions and I don’t think that normal couples always do a good job, but normal is normal. On this legislation, I agree with our senator.
“We have watched this incremental movement as it has slowly eroded the sanctity of marriage,” said Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington. “This bill is not about equal rights, it’s about changing society in ways that will ultimately harm it. … Our acquiescence to the gay rights as it is depicted, homosexual rights, liberation is political appeasement. We are giving away the building blocks of lasting society one bill at a time.” Seattle PI
Let me make it perfectly clear at this point that I am not in favor of denying rights to anyone. I am not for harming homosexuals; they are people just like anyone else and deserve the same rights as the next guy or girl. But I am not in favor of this trend to accept homosexual behavior as normal. Because it is a fine line between the label of normal and the label of right. And homosexuality is not right and it should not be accepted as right.
Many will contend that the homosexual has no control over their behavior, that they are made this way, that it is not a choice but rather just who they are. And a lot of evidence does point to homosexuality being genetic, however the evidence does not weigh in on what is right and wrong. It would seem to me that the most obvious coupling would be a man and a woman. Obvious if you are religious because that is how God made us or equally as obvious to evolutionist who I think will admit that evolution would have a difficult time with the lack of reproduction in a homosexual environment.
I believe that homosexual behavior is wrong and it doesn’t matter whether or not it is genetic. If a person does in fact possess a gene inclining them towards homosexuality it doesn’t change what is right and wrong. They just have a bigger challenge than someone who is not genetically disposed to homosexuality. Possession of a gene doesn’t make something right or wrong. We as a society draw a line on what is right and wrong. I do favor consulting Gods word for guidance, but we ultimately make the choice. Here is a quick list of some genetic behavioral traits:
-Hand skill, left or right
-Arm folding preference
-Ears, ability to move
-Tongue curling, folding, or rolling
-Musical perfect pitch: (159300)
-Tobacco addiction: (188890)
I think we can all recall stories about how left handed children were beaten into using their right hands. Myth or not I don’t know? But as I go down this list I can see that we as a society have accepted as normal a lot of these genetically determined behavior. We hardly bat an eye at someone with the ability to wiggle their ears and I don’t even know what is the more dominant trait; tongue rolling or no tongue rolling.
Further down the list we start running into trouble though. Do we completely accept those who are addicted to tobacco? Do we let them smoke in the car with our infants? Hang out in bars with us? Is it OK for an alcoholic to chug Jack Daniel’s cruising down the Guide? Do we allow alcoholic teachers to show our school kids how to properly mix drinks? No!
We in our society have drawn a line. Even though we know their issues are genetic, we demand that they modify their behavior to the norms of our society.
It is interesting that where we have drawn the line in society is almost exactly where God drew the line. It is so astonishingly close that one might think that Gods words were considered in our determination of what is right and wrong behavior. God hasn’t made any rulings that I am aware of on left vs. right, ear wiggling, tongue curling, perfect pitch nor stuttering and all of these behaviors are readily accepted in our society. God did have something to say about addictive behaviors:
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:11)
And lastly God did have something to say about choosing to act in a homosexual manner.
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:25-27)
I believe that most people have difficulty accepting addictions and homosexuality as normal and OK, because God does not accept that behavior as normal nor OK. He also asks to resist and not accept nor celebrate these behaviors. Legislation that goes down the path of normalizing and accepting homosexuality is so bad for our society because it goes against God’s word.
God fearing is not just some cliche, it is a good way to live your life.