I decided to call this issue a pandemic because of the popularity it has gained over the last few decades. For the purpose of this post, I shall be using the term “gay” to refer to anyone who has sexual relationships with members of the same sex. I decided to write about this topic because as someone within the health care profession I have been opportune to come in contact with a lot of these individuals one on one and have had conversations with them. I have also tried to get unbiased views about this topic to the best of my ability.
First of all, we have to realize that it is not a new subject as it dates as far back as biblical times. In Leviticus 18 verse 22, God told the Israelite; “thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination”. This means that there were or was a tendency for gay individuals to be present within the Israelite community. In the 19th century, countries began to decriminalize homosexual acts and people began to speak up about the inhumane treatment these individuals have had to face within their various communities and the popularity of this topic continues to grow till this very day.
What does God say?
As Christians (followers of Christ), we are called to a higher understanding of the biblical principles and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. This means that to be true Christians we have to be like him in every area of our lives. This is the battle we continually fight every day because serving God requires us to kill our flesh whole-heartedly and train our spirit man. According to Mark 12 verse 30-31, it requires us to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and our soul and with all our mind and our strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves”. In loving our neighbor we have to show the kind of love that was described in 1 Corinthians 13 verse 4 which is not easy to do. We fall short of these in our daily activities and we continually turn to Jesus hoping that he will forgive our sins. Who are we then as heterosexual beings to judge individuals because of the kinds of sexual relationships they choose to have, as we ourselves are not free of sin and blemish.
I am not saying that being gay is right as it is an outright sin and God considers it an abomination as seen in the book of Leviticus above. Being gay breaks the godly union that should be reflected in a heterosexual relationship and this does not reflect the image of God because in Genesis 1 verse 27, “God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them”. We have to realize that every sin has its own consequence and this was outlined in the book of Romans when Paul said that gay people are said to receive in their bodies the due penalty for their error. This statement is true because gay individuals are at a higher risk for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, gastrointestinal infections and various types of cancers to name a few.
What are we called to do as Christians?
We are called to love these individuals as our selves and not victimize these people in any way. Let God be the judge not you, Let Him show himself in all situations as he has always done. Your job is just to love and pray for these individuals whole-heartedly. Of course telling them the right thing that God wants is very essential as some of these individuals grew up in dysfunctional families which led into them developing or having sexual feelings towards the same sex. Some of these individuals are tired of going through the hurt and pain they have faced whilst trying to develop relationships with the opposite sex and being gay for some is what they have known to be normal all their lives. Our job as Christians is to educate these individuals on the difference between right and wrong and accept these individuals with open arms but also be firm. Let them understand that this is wrong and God abhors it.
As a reader I hope that you were able to learn a few things about this pandemic today.
Love, do not judge!
Till we meet again,
– Demilade Atilade