The recent debates in Indiana over the adoption of religious freedom legislation drew national attention and in its wake a host of opinions. Frank Bruni, a writer with the New York Times, wrote a commentary for The Columbus Dispatch titled Frank Bruni commentary: It’s time to cross homosexuality off the list of sins.
His title tells me Frank is making three false assumptions: there is no God, God has not revealed His holy nature and divine will to us, and morality is not divine in origin, but human. The Christian believes there is a Holy God infinitely righteous, He has revealed His holy nature and divine will in the Christian Scriptures, the Bible, and He is the Author of all that is morally good.
This is why we cannot just cross homosexuality off the list of sins; we did not put it on the list, or any other sin for that matter. God put it on the list, and He is the only who can take it off, and He hasn’t.
Frank tells us “all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors.” While there were forty human authors who penned the Scriptures, Christians believe “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God,” 2 Peter 1:21. Although He is biased toward sin, He has no blind spots.
Frank writes, “several prominent denominations…have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree.” They have, denying doctrinal morality they have capitulated to the culture because “they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God,” John 12:43. Although the LGBT community calls conscientious Christians bigoted homophobes, we do not hate them, we just love God more.
Frank claims Christians act “as if the advance of science and knowledge meant nothing.” Then show us the scientific evidence of any religion or culture on the face of the planet that has flourished supporting same-sex unions that are biologically incapable of producing the next generation.
Frank suggests Christian orthodoxy “ignores the extent to which interpretation is subjective, debatable.” On the contrary, we decry those same-sex sympathizers who employ eisegetical methods to pervert the objective truth in the Scriptures. Who do you think perverts the plain and simple truth “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination,” Leviticus 18:22. Only a grammatical contortionist can interpret “it is an abomination” to mean, “it is okay.”
Frank continues, “the view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a choice.” Frank and I finally agree. It is a choice to obey God and trust His guidance, just as it is a choice to ignore His Word and practice a sinful lifestyle.
One person who commented on Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act said he was against it because he did not want to be forced to live by Christian “rules.” Here’s a news flash, Christians aren’t the ones trying to make someone bake them a cake.