Why the Evangelical “Obsession” with Homosexuality is Good

By Julie Roys
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Evangelicals are obsessed with homosexuality. At least, that’s what popular blogger Rachel Held Evans thinks and she’s leaving evangelicalism, as a result. Evans said she “watched with horror” as evangelicals dropped their support of World Vision after the organization announced it would hire people in gay marriages.  She was similarly horrified when World Vision reversed its decision. “The situation,” Evans argued, “put into stark, unsettling relief, just how misaligned evangelical priorities have become.”

Now, I could argue that evangelicals didn’t initiate the recent gay marriage controversy.  World Vision forced the issue by announcing a policy completely out of sync with the beliefs and values of the majority of its supporters.  But, let’s say I concede Evans’ point – that evangelicals are obsessed with homosexuality.  My question is, what’s wrong with that?

Evans and the Christian Left seem to miss that if Christians capitulate on gay marriage, they concede much of the Christian faith.  You see, gay marriage is not merely a moral issue. As the cover story for The Nation argued prophetically in 1993, the gay cause is rooted in an entirely new cosmology.

According to this cosmology, God didn’t created male and female to image a Triune God. Rather, gender simply evolved into lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trangender and questioning – and has zero meaning. Furthermore, sin is not the true cause suffering and the cross the means of liberation. No, denying human desires causes suffering and people can liberate themselves by identifying with and asserting every sexual desire.

This is why conservative author Rod Dreher writes that “(g)ay marriage signifies” not just the triumph of the Sexual Revolution, but “the dethroning of Christianity.” For Christians like Evans and World Vision President Rich Stearns to assert that Christianity can in any way co-exist with gay marriage is patently absurd.  This is not some peripheral issue, as some argue, because Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.  Jesus’ entire mission on earth presupposed a Christian cosmology. His died to liberate us from sin – not to help us embrace it.

Christians need to realize that gay marriage is deconstructing the very foundation of their faith. We aren’t just losing some culture war. If the church continues its capitulation, we may just lose our faith.

Julie Roys is a Christian speaker, Journalist, and host of national talk radio show Up for Debate. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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6 thoughts on “Why the Evangelical “Obsession” with Homosexuality is Good”

  1. While it is true that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality directly, he certainly speaks plainly about human sexuality and marriage in Matthew 19. There, he identifies the reality of marriage and sexuality with the fact that “in the beginning God created them male and female.” According to Jesus, this is why marriage and human sexuality exist, because God created gender difference. The biblical view of sexuality, as expressed by Jesus, sees sexuality as inherently relational and rooted in gender difference, not as a property inherent in the individual self and its desires.

  2. do you even know what the word cosmology means

    its the study of theories of the beginning of the universe (read: the big bang)

    I thought that was one of those words your type usually flick holy water and hiss at
    -blythe

  3. The term your referencing is physical cosmology. However, there’s also theological cosmology. All cosmologies attempt to explain the implicit order within the whole of something. So, theological cosmology tries to explain the order in divine creation. That’s why understanding human sexuality is definitely a cosmological issue.

  4. Ok, I am an evangelical conservative Christian who would like to point out some inconsistencies and the fact we evangelicals have a tendency at times to get stuck on certain sins to a point of obsession. I used to be that guy. I used to be the one that would troll pro-gay websites to point out to them how much God hated them (using scripture) and how unrighteous they were. But after maturing in my faith my views have changed. Yes, the act itself is a sin. But, obsessing about homosexuality is NOT good and Jesus main foe throughout scripture was not so much sexual sins as it was the hypocrisy of the religious establishment, greed, every form of idolatry, lovers of money, legalistic thinking etc… The perfect example of this would be Jesus reaction to the stoning of the adulterous woman. Those obsessed with homosexuality will quickly point out that Jesus said “GO AN SIN NO MORE!!!”. But the thrust of the message in this parable was NOT the sin of the adulterous woman. The emphasis of this story was on the hypocrisy of the legalistic conservative religious establishment of the day and the beauty of grace. In fact, the law DID allow for the stoning of this woman. The emphasis was NOT on “go and sin no more” but instead it was on “where are your accusers now”, and “and neither do I condemn you”. Also, the argument that the acceptance of gay marriage and other forms of sexuality are destroying Christianity is a real stretch. This generation is leaving the church because of the same thing that Jesus warned others would hurt the church and lead his sheep astray and that is “wolves in sheeps clothing (such as Falwell, Franklin Graham, prosperity gospel etc..)”, hypocrisy, obsession with certain sins and not others. So my question for the author is that if we truly value the sanctity of marriage then why is it that we have normalized divorce (the thing that Jesus did talk about) to a point that almost any justification for it is acceptable – the divorce rate among Christians is about the same as the secular world. And no better place for satan to start than the destruction of families and marriages. Acceptance of homosexuality in our culture is not hurting Christianity near as much as divorce – why is it you think Jesus took it so seriously. Divorce made the cut among Jesus words – not homosexuality. So, this author got it wrong. If there should be an obsession at all about those things that made the cut! Especially divorce!

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