Bernie Diaz, June 27, 2017
A U.S.A. Today article citing the results of a recently released study, has basically and unintentionally “outed” the gay rights movement for what it is, by breaking through the quarter century old foundation upon which it stands, as the turning point leading to today’s sexual revolution.
As the article notes, “For nearly three decades, ‘born this way’ has been the rallying cry of the mainstream gay rights movement, a simple slogan cited as the basis for both political change and cultural acceptance. Gay rights advocates used it to make the case for legal equality.”
That movement which has continued to gather unprecedented societal momentum, of course reached its zenith, with the landmark Obergefell Supreme Court decision of 2015, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.
But now as “Gay Pride Month” comes to a conclusion, the truth has been told, affirming the long-held speculation that LGTBQ activists successfully hood-winked a now majority of Americans, that people are ‘born gay’ — that it’s a biological orientation, and not something that can be chosen or ever changed any more than they can change the color of their skin, or gender, therefore leading to the logic that denying them certain rights would be wrong.
“Born Gay”? Really?
The homosexual movement, spearheaded by a strategic and carefully orchestrated public relations campaign launched in 1989, began to appeal to the collective conscience of American compassion, by co-opting the earlier suffragette and civil rights movements in arguing that ‘born that way’ gays were being discriminated against like females and African-Americans, similarly possessing an immutable (or unchanging) characteristic. Rather than gender or skin color, the ‘gay gene’ of innate sexual orientation, buoyed by poor social science, became the clarion call of pro-gay activists and legislators.
But now, many members of the LGBTQ community reject this narrative, saying it only benefits people who feel their sexuality and gender are fixed rather than fluid, and questioning why the dignity of gay people should rest on the notion that they were gay from their very first breath.
Indeed, the transgender movement now thrust upon this nation, according to its very adherents, plainly states that sexuality and gender is fluid and subject to change as often as a particular person’s feelings or preference on any given day or moment.
The new sexual norm, being trailblazed by ‘trans’ activists, is that sexual freedom must reject even obvious biological norms established at birth (i.e. DNA, hormones and genitalia), in favor of gender fluidity and self-proclaimed sexual identity, so one can be free to express who they really think they are. It’s all a matter of…. choice.
That’s right, the very same argument that gay rights leaders rejected less than a generation ago, that sexual orientation and identity could be chosen, but was rather a fixed biological reality, has now been rendered null and void by the new voices of the moral revolution.
Now, people can custom make their own sexuality and identity- by choice, and should still be afforded the same civil rights as people with truly immutable characteristics, as the original civil rights laws intended.
In fact, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan who studies how social behavior affects testosterone in men and women, admitted that the science on sexual orientation is limited.at best, when she wrote, “Who counts as gay, who counts as lesbian, who counts as bisexual — assumes we can draw bright lines, when we can’t. Are you gay if you have same-sex desire, but never act on it? What if you’re a man who has had sex with other men, but you’re married to a woman and don’t identify as gay”?
In other words, science still cannot objectively make the case that homosexuality is a fixed biological orientation, and furthermore, a growing number of its advocates no longer wish to, preferring a complete and unadulterated sexuality, with no limits, no lines drawn, no immutable characteristics of any kind, only a complete freedom to engage in whatever identity or sexual behavior may come to mind at any given moment, all the while demanding legal protections, rights and even mandating complete societal acceptance of its ideology.
What is wrong with that picture? The prophet Isaiah identified somewhat of a parallel scenario, when pronouncing God’s woes on a rebellious generation of Jews hundreds of years ago, when he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20, ESV).
In other words, Isaiah understood that a sinful and rebellious generation would turn the world and conventional wisdom upside down. More directly, the apostle Paul warned the church at Rome and succeeding generations to come, that rebellion against God, seen in a failure to honor and give him his proper thanks, would result in his wrath against unrighteousness in a society that would manifest itself in homosexuality among a slew of other sins and debaucheries:
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Ro. 1:26-27)
What natural science has not and will not come to grips with any time soon, is the simple truth that homosexuality and gender dysphoria or confusion, are dysfunctional aberrations and perversions of God’s original created order for sexual relationships, which have always been intended to be restricted to the marital bed of one man and one woman for a lifetime. Any other expression of sexuality other than in heterosexual marriage, is a distortion of God’s intelligent and purposeful design.
Or to put it another way, homosexuality like any other sinful behavior, is to be condemned for what it is and it’s practioners to be loved, prayed for and called to repentance, rather than celebrated in parades.
Born What Way?
In what way is all mankind born? Homosexuality and gender dysphoria do point to a genetic and fatal orientation know to every man, woman and child that has ever been born since the fall of man in the garden (Gen. 3).
That being of course, sin, which if left unforgiven by God, results in the terminal disease of separation from him in a place of torment forever in eternity.
The Christian worldview and response to gay pride month and the sexual revolution, is to lovingly confront evil with truth, to show and share the redemptive life transformation available to anyone placing their repentant faith in f Jesus Christ – including those trapped in the LGBTQ lifestyle, who wish to be free from the curse of the birth defect we have all been born with; sin and its consequence of death.
May God have mercy on a society still “putting darkness for light”, and may he by his divine and sovereign grace, give opportunity for many more of these lost souls and image bearers to make the only real ‘choice’ that counts, salvation in Jesus Christ alone.