Negating God’s designBy John F. Myers Wooster, Ohio
Pastor Joanna Harader’s statement on sexual minorities (“Why I Officiated a Same-Sex Ceremony,” May 28) negates that God had only one design for our sexuality: to bring forth life. While sex is a desirable pleasure and meant to be, it was never designed to be the major thrust of man’s life. God told man to go forth and multiply. Gays and lesbians cannot do this. Therefore they dishonor God’s mandate to populate the Earth. This is not to say that people with such inclinations cannot be loved, they just cannot honor God by fulfilling those sexual urges.
Many of us have been wrongly branded as homophobic and hateful. This is not true. It is because of my love for Jesus and his redeeming blood that I pray for those who misuse God’s gift of sexuality in any way.
If we take Jesus’ interaction with the woman caught in adultery as an example to be applied in many circumstances, including homosexuality, we see that God sees a beautiful person trapped in a wrongful lifestyle. The fact that Jesus’ kindness is linked with the words “go and sin no more” shows how we as a church can be better equipped to deal with those engaged in any sin. Many homosexuals want acceptance and grace without the truth that must be applied along with it, and that cheapens God’s grace.
I respect Harader’s desire to follow Jesus, and I believe her heart is sincere. But that is why all of us need each other to be accountable to. I hope dialogue can open our eyes to what God is saying and doing among us. It is out of a desire for the wholeness of God’s people that we say no to homosexual relationships.
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