I was leading a Christian Education class at my church this past Sunday. The class is about how Christians should respond to the controversial issues around us. I asked the class to list various controversial topics and we would discuss how we as Christians need to respond. The topics ranged from money management to abortion and somewhere in the middle was *gasp* homosexuality.
One gentleman in the class spoke up and said, “You know what drives me crazy? When gay people say they were born that way. They’re not born that way!"
I knew some of the other adults mirrored this man’s thoughts and I knew I was possibly entering dangerous territory with what I was going to say in response, but I said it anyway. I told them, “Actually, I have no doubt in my mind that most gay people were born wired to be attracted to the same gender.” You could have heard a pin drop in that class for a moment. But I would explain my reasoning for my thought.
“For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.”
Psalm 51:5, NLT
For me, the question is not about whether-or-not people are born predisposed to be gay. The question is whether-or-not that is God’s design. To get that answer we need to go back—way back!
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Genesis 1:27-28, NIV
God created us male and female. He gave us this earth to not only inhabit but rule over. He told us to “increase in number”. He created us male and female to increase in number. He created a man to be with a woman. I know this may cause a lot of people to despise me right now, but God’s design was not for two men or for two women. God designed us perfectly to be able to procreate. God did not design humanity to be gay.
That being said, God did not design the human race for a lot of things. He did not design us to be alcoholics, drug users, or thieves. He did not design us to be depressed, or mentally ill, or disabled. God’s design did not include children to be born with an extra chromosome or for adults to develop cancer. Somewhere along the way, humanity became broken.
Genesis chapter 3 describes the situation in which humanity faltered and the perfectly beautiful design God had made broke. God had given humanity an order—a simple order to not eat from a specific tree. But mankind not only wanted the perfection God had given them, they wanted to be just like God. They wanted to know all—just like God. So, they ate this fruit. With one bite, they shattered the glorious perfection around them and became broken.
From that moment on, sin was woven into the DNA of humanity.
People were suddenly born with selfish desires and flawed natures. DNA was corrupted. Children were born with deformities and diseases. People were born with unnatural attractions—attractions to young children, attractions to animals, attractions to themselves, and attractions to the same gender. People were born wired to already become addicted to harmful substances. People were born with mental issues leading to uncontrollable anger and depression. Yes, people were born these ways. No, they were not designed like this. God’s beautifully designed world was corrupted by a virus called “Sin”.
There is a cure. There is an anti-virus.
When God’s design faltered, he already had a plan in place. He would come down and show humanity the way we were designed to live. Instead of wiping the slate clean and destroying his masterpiece, he decided to make the decision ours. When Jesus came to this world, he lived a completely sinless life. To those saying, “Well, duh, he was God!” Yes, he was fully God. But he was also fully man! He had his temptations. Sure, The Bible only mentions the times that it was Satan personally who was tempting him, but he was tempted a lot more than that. Every time someone said something even remotely rude, I guarantee you he was tempted to lash out. He had siblings growing up and I bet you anything he was tempted a time or two to smack the living daylights out of one or more of them. When he was standing before Pontius Pilot, I assure you he was tempted to lie and say “No, I am not the son of God.” After all, just a few hours before that, he was begging God to find another way to save us. But not once did he fall. Not once did he sin. He did that to show us how we are designed to live.
But the decision is ours. Are we just going to stand back and let our flawed humanity control us or are we going to stand up and say “I was designed for something better”?
We may be born this way—born predisposed to sin, but this is not the way God designed us. He designed us to be holy!