With all the hubbub about same-sex marriages out in California, the topic of homosexuality is quite prevalent right now. I came across an article this morning which discussed homosexual behavior in animals. This article suggests that, since scientists have observed that “same-sex lovin’ is common in hundreds of species,” that it must be natural for humans. If it were not natural, then apparently that trait would have evolved out of the gene pool. The author quotes a biologist at Georgetown as saying, “The funny thing is that people say homosexuality is unnatural, that non-humans don’t engage in homosexual behavior, but that’s not true. Then they’ll say it’s base and animalistic.”
So much for what God says about this.
In my Bible study at church, we’re going through Romans; next week we’ll be studying the latter part of chapter 1. It has a few very clear words to say about this topic:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
So, you could really say that humans have “evolved” … but not in the way we normally think of evolution. Usually evolution suggests improvement. In this case, it is the reverse. We have actually worsened our situation. When the world was created, all was perfect. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and sin reigned.
Thankfully, Christ came to earth and died on the cross to save us from our sin … to redeem not just those who practice homosexuality, but all of us, because we all have sinned, and all sin is worthy of death. In Romans 5, we learn, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” Adam’s one sin brought death for us all. But Christ’s death brought life to all who believe in him.