The Consequences of Institutionalizing Homosexuality as Normative
There are 11 passages that speak about homosexuality in one way or another. In all 11 passages homosexuality is spoken of as a deviant behavior that is against God’s will and is regarded as a sin. Many people who support homosexual behavior attempt to weaken the passages in various ways, but the primary one is to essentially say that all of the passages dealt with temple prostitution or rape and did not actually speak of loving committed homosexual unions. If this were the case and those loving unions were okay forms of relationships, then there should be at least one passage that speaks in a positive light about them, but that passage simply doesn’t exist.
Now simply because it doesn’t speak about a topic doesn’t necessarily allow us to draw a moral judgment about it, either positively or negatively. What we need to do is to see how often Scripture speaks about the root topic and see if we can draw any conclusions. Here are a couple key words to look at: sex, and marriage.
Sex appears 77 times in the NIV and marriage appears 47 times. So, this topic was spoken of many times and in forms ranging from sex in marriage to rape and incest. There are other ways Scripture talks about sex without the word sex appearing. The first example was in Genesis 4:1 various translations say “Adam knew his wife”, which means he had sex with her. If God viewed homosexuality positively He would have said so somewhere in Scripture because it tells all the ways that sex is wrong, with animals, other people’s wives, anyone who is not your wife, rape, incest and with people of the same sex. The arguments saying Scripture is silent on this topic are simply fanciful arguments without any supporting evidence that requires exegetical gymnastics to arrive at.
The question that I must ask is “as our society accepts and institutionalizes homosexuality as normative, what other unions can be still be viewed as wrong?” Polygamy is against the law, but if homosexual marriage is legal why not polygamy? The argument that homosexual marriage proponents give is that it should be legal because it is between consenting adults that love each other. This begs us to define the terms:
Let’s start with adult – In the US 18 is normally viewed as the age of adulthood. However, in many states people under 18 can marry with parental consent all the way down to 13 in New Hampshire. The age of 16 is the normal age that people can marry with parental consent. So, we should allow two homosexual 16 year olds to marry each other and this will probably happen soon in the US. However, in China it is 14, Japan 13, most of Europe it is 16, and many others include 14 or 15 as the age of consent.
Love – Not really sure what to do with this except to say that we interpret it in this context as saying that two people of the age of consent want to get married to each other.
So, I believe that even though the majority of countries ban polygamy, the US will be forced to legalize it as normative because the same exact legal arguments that have won court decisions for homosexual marriage can and will be used for polygamy.
What is next on our moral roller coaster?