I just read a piece on the Desiring God website called Homophobia has no place in the church, by Nick Roen. His definition follows: “Simply put, homophobia means a fear of homosexuality and, more specifically, homosexual people. And while it is not the same as loving, biblical opposition to certain behaviors or beliefs, this fear-based attitude often leads to unhelpful stereotypes, prejudice, and even cruel mistreatment.” As long as we are Simply putting Nick, I will say that the word homophobia is thrice damned: the word was created by homosexual activists in order to try to shame those who oppose it, thus your definition buys into the deception; the word treats phobias inaccurately and too casually, as if they are mere distaste or prejudice, rather than incapacitating fears; since we all know that phobias are irrational, use of the word in that context tacitly accuses opponents of homosexual sex of being irrational. So Nick’s definition is wrong, wrong, wrong.
He goes on: “we love this way because this is exactly how Jesus first loved us. He wasn’t threatened or repelled by us; he wasn’t afraid to enter a relationship with us, sinners that we were (and still are), and to even graciously speak the truth about our sin. Instead, he loved us so lavishly that he died for us to present us clean and whole before his Father. When we love in this manner, we expose homophobia for what it really is: pride. It is an attitude that puts beneath us others whose sins and temptations we deem ‘more depraved’ than our own…” I disagree. Distaste for homosexual sex and lust is not about pride, it’s about honesty in describing the actual actions. Nick admires Jesus for speaking the truth about our sin, and that’s exactly what homosexual activists never do. If homosexuality is not more depraved, then why is the sexual aspect NEVER addressed by activists? Their marketing pitch is always about love, or equality, or their persecution, but never mentions the sex part.
Speaking for myself, what I object to is the pridefulness of homosexuality. Nick says “homophobia” in the church is about pride. Pride, as in “I am better than you”, is number one on Jesus’ whip list. What are “Gay Pride” parades? Have you ever seen what goes on during them, especially in cities like San Francisco where anything goes. Nick says “sin is sin”, and while I agree in theory, pridefully sinning is worse than shamedly sinning. The title of my post bespeaks one of the biggest underlying issues: Who will control the lexicon? Had Nick called his piece, Why the church should find ways to love homosexuals, I would have had no objections. We Christians should love everyone, if possible just the way Jesus Christ did. He saved an adulteress from being stoned, pardoned her, but finished with “go and sin no more.” He drove out the moneychangers from the temple with a whip he made from cords. I’ll bet that hurt! He called the Pharisees hypocrites, but ate with sinners. Basically, Jesus’ example to us was to hate hypocrisy and love repentance. The biggest problem I have with the lexicon of LGBTQ is that repentance is missing and pride takes center stage.
Speaking of which, is there a statute of limitations in the LGBTQ Hall of Shame(ful) tweets? Kyler Murray, the transcendent sports talent at Oklahoma, just won the Heisman trophy, and what should miraculously surface but a “homophobic” tweet from him at age 15, six years ago! What did it say? “Cole is getting salty he’s a queer.” That’s it. Age 15, we don’t even know if he’s joking, but as noted pundit Jon Gabriel puts it: “The new secular religion has mortal sins and eternal punishment, but no means of forgiveness.” The homosexual supporters are calling the use of the word queer “homophobic tweets.”
Jim Treacher from PJ Media: “Hey, wait a second. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and… queer. The very word that got Kyler Murray in trouble. Well, I guess that’s how identity politics works. The same word can be either a slur or a badge of honor, depending on who’s saying it. N-word, c-word, q-word, whatever. It’s all about the identity of the speaker.” Aren’t you tired of being lectured and hectored by these self righteous hypocrites who feel free to either invent (homophobic) or co-opt (gay) words to intimidate or guilt trip the rest of us into silence about their lusts they pursue with pride, while claiming victim status? Since Kyler Murray is black, but he used a verboten word years ago so now he’s a target, methinks that homosexuality has been elevated over race in the victimization sweepstakes!
I can be friend and colleague of anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, as long as they have a sense of humor about themselves, are truthful and willing to rationally work out any differences we have. I can forgive a transgression like Jesus said to Peter, 70 times 7, as long as that person repents. But if that person thinks they can silence or intimidate me with invented slurs and threats, I know how to make a whip of cords!