About Kirk Cameron, Homosexuality, and Gay Marriage
Now the newest celebrity in the media crosshairs is Kirk Cameron. The former teen star of the hit sitcom Growing Pains, star of the popular Left Behind movies, and current Christian activist made waves last week while on Piers Morgan Tonight. (You can watch the video here)
Piers Morgan cornered Cameron with some difficult questions about social issues: “What is your view of gay marriage?” “Would you tell [your children] that gay marriage is a sin?” Of course, asking anyone for answers to those questions is bound to divide thousands. Those who are pro-homosexuality and gay marriage will find opposition from many people, and those who believe those things are wrong or sinful will find strong opposition as well. This has been a “hot topic” in America for a while now, but with an election around the corner, things are only heating up.
Kirk Cameron answered honestly and bluntly. “I believe that marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt.”
From a Christian and biblical perspective, he is right on. Marriage was established by God in Genesis chapter 2. Jesus reaffirmed this in his preaching and teaching about marriage. He also confirmed it through the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:22-33, among other places in Scripture.
The harder question to answer publicly, and the one that obviously gave Cameron pause, was: “Do you think homosexuality is a sin.” He responded by saying that it is “unnatural,” “detrimental,” and “destructive,” but he never came outright and said that he thought it is a sin. However, what he said alluded to the fact that he obviously believes homosexuality is a sin.
This is really the core question in the issue: Is homosexuality a sin? If homosexuality is a sin, then quite obviously gay marriage would be a sin, too.
For Christians, we must turn back to the Words of God. Human logic and reasoning are not and cannot be the standard for our morality. The words of God must always be the basis for what we believe.
We could turn back to Genesis 2 and the institution of marriage. We could turn to God’s views of the actions of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as evil and what happened as a result in Genesis 18-19. We could turn to God’s laws in Leviticus 18 about sexual relations. These all make it very clear that God views homosexuality as a sin.
Some might argue that these are God’s “old” laws–that these were in the Old Testament and don’t apply any more. Or, one could reason that we have simply changed as people now so this doesn’t apply.
Those aren’t really valid arguments. But as if the Old Testament were not enough, there is also plenty of evidence in the New Testament that God views homosexuality as sinful. The greatest example is in Romans 1. There we hear about God giving over the sinful people of the world to their “shameful” lusts. Homosexuality specifically is mentioned. The punishment awaiting persistent sinners is also mentioned. (Note I said persistent sinners, not just homosexuals.) 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 also lists homosexuals as just one group in a list of persistent sinners who will not inherit the kingdom of God.
So is homosexuality a sin? Most definitely, YES!
Does this mean that Christians ought to be opposed to gay marriage? Most definitely, YES! God’s people ought not support things contrary to the will of God.
Some might argue that this is a natural thing. Or that this is a different kind of love today than people had before. Or that people might be born this way. Piers Morgan hinted at some of these thoughts in his interview with Kirk Cameron.
But these arguments aren’t valid in opposition to the Word of God. God’s Word and God’s will always stand. They never change. Nor can we change them. What God said was sinful long ago is still sinful today. The standard of morality among many people might change over the years, but God’s does not.
In addition, even if people were theoretically “born that way,” that doesn’t mean they should act upon those feelings. I’m born as a sinful and imperfect person. We all are. But that doesn’t mean that God wants me to act upon my sinful cravings. Someone’s sinful passions might be for lust or greed or anger or alcohol abuse or homosexuality. But that doesn’t mean that any one of them is right in God’s sight. They are all sinful activities.
Unfortunately, Kirk Cameron is being blasted all over the media now. GLAAD is leading the charge. He is being mocked, made fun of, and much worse. This leads me to agree with what Kirk Cameron was beginning to touch on at the end. This isn’t exactly “fair.” There are many different standards of morality in the world. So to call one person’s (Kirk Cameron’s) viewpoint biased and bigoted is in return being biased and bigoted.
See, the public media and mainstream thinking is not that Christians ought to respect homosexuals as people (which many, including myself, do). They want Christians to approve of homosexuality. Anything less is considered discrimination.
But ironically (or sadly), to not respect Christians who have a different viewpoint is also discrimination. To say that it is wrong for people to have other beliefs is discrimination. To allow homosexuals to criticize and make fun of Christians, but then to not allow Christians to say homosexuality is wrong is discrimination.
Why are are homosexuals allowed to have their set of values and beliefs but Christians are not?
But I am not looking for any kind of political debate. To be honest, it perhaps would be easier on us Christians if Kirk Cameron and others stayed out of the media spotlight. Save the witnessing and proclaiming of God’s Word for the actual pulpits or for personal conversations.
Finally, I must share these important thoughts about homosexuality: Homosexuality is in fact a sin. But so are lots of things. I will echo Kirk Cameron and say that I belong on the top of the list of “worst offender” sinners. Yet we have a gracious God who is loving and forgiving. Forgiveness is available for all people all the time, even for the sin of homosexuality. Those who turn to Jesus in faith will find the Lamb of God who “takes away the sin of the world.”
I pray that all sinners, including homosexuals, join me in repenting of every sin we commit and looking to the cross of Christ and his empty tomb where we have forgiveness and victory over death and every kind of sin.
There in Christ is true happiness. There in Christ is true living. There in Christ is better living. There in Christ is eternal living.
Posted on March 8, 2012, in Church, Preschool and tagged Adultery, Church, Ephesians 5, Gay, Gay Marriage, Genesis 2, GLAAD, Growing Pains, Homosexuality, Kirk Cameron, Left Behind, Lesbian, Lust, Marriage, Piers Morgan, School, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.