“Religion’s only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority. Lose that, and we lose our credibility. Lose credibility, and we might as well close up shop.”
Thomas writes this piece over the subject of homosexuality. In
speaking against homosexuality as a sin (and it is a sin), he writes
that we’re almost shooting ourselves in our foot. Homosexuality is
forbidden in Leviticus 18 (“You shall not lie with a man as with a
woman; it is an abomination.”) However, if you accept the Bible as the
inspired Word of God (as The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod does),
then you would have to accept ALL of the Levitical laws, such
as food laws, death penalties for certain actions and the like.
However, we do not punish people for breaking every Levitical law that
there is. So one can make the argument: Who are you to judge me when
you don’t even follow everything that the Bible says.
Scripture is very clear that homosexuality is a sin. It is so great a
sin, that entire cities were wiped out because of their homosexual
practices. According to Thomas,
“A better reading of Scripture starts with the book of Genesis and the grand pronouncement about the world God created and all those who dwelled in it. “And, the Lord saw that it was good.” If God created us and if everything he created is good, how can a gay person be guilty of being anything more than what God created him or her to be?”
Ask yourself this question: Would God voluntarily make you a sinner?
If God made you to be homosexual, then you are made a sinner. Why
would God arbitrarily make some people sinners while some are not
sinners? God did not make anyone to be homosexual because
homosexuality is a sin. God made us all in His image, sinless.
However, when our first parents, Adam and Eve, ate from the tree in the
Garden of Eden, we became sinners. We lost the image of God and there
was nothing that we could do to regain that image of God. The only way
that we could regain the image of God was through the sacrificial death
of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who died so that we might have life
again in His name.
Are we sinners? Yes, we are sinners.
Did God make us to be sinners? No. How do we get rid of sin? We
can’t get rid of sin. Jesus Christ has clothed us in His holiness
through His body and blood, shed on the cross for all of mankind. For
that, we say Amen!