This morning while browsing my Facebook feed, I came upon a Huffington Post article entitled “The Moment I Knew I Was LGBT: Whisper Users Reveal Their Time Of Self-Discovery”. Naturally, I commented from my point of experience and spoke about the moment I knew I was choosing to turn from sin and be straight. And Facebook took it down, citing it as violating their intellectual rules. Naturally, I was appalled. Why should only one side be allowed to be heard? What rules did I violate? I still don’t understand.
This was my response that Facebook deleted: I knew I was straight when I realized how deeply I’d fallen into sin and all the dreams I’d have to give up in order to continue the gay lifestyle. I was never willing to sacrifice being a mother or a wife. I was never willing to sacrifice service to the Church or a relationship with Christ, where I didn’t feel ashamed for my actions every day. I knew I was straight and would continue to walk that path when I was 22 years old. I still struggle sometimes, but I know that with God’s help, I will never turn back to that sin.
I’ve shared my struggle here as well: My Fight With Homosexuality
It angers me that the media is all for human rights, but is so against allowing both sides to be heard. When someone like me speaks out compassionately in a direction other than full on support and worship of the LGBT community, we are attacked and accused of being a bigot or worse. It’s deemed as hate speech, yet anyone and everyone in the LGBT community is free to spew hate upon us, to speak openly about the moment they knew they were gay, and to conduct peaceful demonstrations demanding “equal rights”. This is appalling behavior! We are now undergoing another type of segregation – gay versus straight. We see this in dance clubs, social groups, bars, political non-profit groups and even in the occasional church community. If I am not 100% in support of and worship the LGBT community, I must be eliminated from their presence. I call for 100% integration and for liars to be silenced.
Christ did not die so that the LGBT community may live. He died so that all may live. He died to pay for the very sins that are being openly committed today by not only the LGBT community, but by each of us as well, which is why I’m so frustrated to hear that calling out homosexual behavior as sin is taboo. Should we stop calling dishonesty, murder, greed, coveting, theft, pornography, pedophilia and adultery sins? Gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc…we all have committed at least one of those sins. Why is one sin more protected than the others? Is it that we somehow feel more at peace with ourselves if we’re allowed to keep just one vice active and acceptable?
It’s understandable that the LGBT community uses love as an excuse for sinful behavior. Love is something we all need and desire, however, we can murder an abusive spouse in the name of love, steal a loaf of bread for our hungry families, lie about the whereabouts of our criminal family members to law enforcement and even rape children in the name of “love” but we’ll still go to jail for it. It’s still a crime and a sin, so why are we allowing an entire community of people to use love as an excuse for sinful behavior?
Furthermore, I see the forces of evil hard at work in the sex industry. It seems to be one of the most prominent seeds of destruction in the United States today. This is the first generation where children have been able to carry pornography in their pockets and have it readily available. The past 70 years, sex crimes have been steadily increasing as well as the rates of divorce, child abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. I don’t intend to sound like a prude here, however, sex is killing our population and the devil is loving it.
There are no easy answers as to how we combat this problem, however, there are some simple ones. We need to turn to Christ and repent of our sins – all of them. I have reaped immense blessings from turning away from the sin of homosexuality. We need to educate our children on the dangers of pornography, sex outside of marriage and homosexual behaviors. We need to compassionately speak out for Christ and repentance. Each of us has had a sin that’s been tough to turn from. In this area, we can sympathize with someone who is struggling with sexual sin. And finally, we need to hold each other accountable. For each person we encounter who is engaged in sin, we should be speaking the Gospel to them.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
We know that God wants our hearts, Brothers and Sisters, but how can He ever have it if we’re wrapped up in our own sins? The answer is that He can’t. This generation has become so jaded, so wrapped up in themselves and their own comfort that few see the forest through the trees. Don’t buy into the lies that the world is feeding you, Brothers and Sisters. We cannot live our lives for ourselves, nor are we called to. We are called to live in Christ and die to self. There we will find life eternal.
Father God we call out to You. Silence the lips of those who seek to spout lies in order to turn souls from you. Open the mouths of Your bold warriors who seek to spread the Gospel and do Your Holy work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.