One of the most challenging issues facing society today is homosexuality. The role and status of gays pervades politics, challenges employers (especially regarding benefit programs) and causes great dissension within communities. This topic is a hot button in elections and appointments of public officials.
Hot secular issues in dealing with homosexuality in the US include gay marriage and the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the US military.
Homosexuality is also a very challenging issue for the Christian church. How is the church to deal with people leading alternative lifestyles?
Hot issues within the Body of Christ centering on homosexuality include such things as ordination of gay clergy, acceptance of gays as members of churches and sexual abuse.
It is extremely difficult to determine what proportion of the population is gay. The oft quoted 10% traces its roots to the Kinsey Studies of the 1940’s. Estimates (or studies) range from less than 1% to as high as 25%. There is great debate, even among social scientists as to whether homosexuality is an inborn trait, nurtured during childhood or simply a choice.
As Christians, this is not a topic we can ignore. But how do we handle it?
The purpose of this blog is to address questions/issues we face as Christians when dealing with homosexuality. While recognizing that many have very strong feeling about this topic, let’s approach it in a positive, building way. Gay bashing will not be allowed in comments to this blog!
Here are some questions dealing with homosexuality and the Christianity:
Is the church homophobic?
How do we address the separation of church and state?
What does scripture say about homosexuality?
How should scripture be interpreted in light of modern cultural practices?
Is there a legitimate role for gays in the church?
What is the legitimate role and status of marriage in both the secular and Christian realms?
As individual Christians, how are we to treat homosexuals?
Again, this IS NOT a place for gay bashing, but an opportunity to approach one of the most challenging issues we now face in a positive manner.
Your responses will be greatly appreciated.
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