Letter: Abomination to God
Have you noticed a new trend in America? Just turn on the TV. Open your newspaper. You’ll find that acceptance of the gay lifestyle has infiltrated our lives like never before. Turn on the WB at night. “Felicity,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and “Popular” are among the shows targeted to teens which all feature gay characters who are encouraged to live out their gay lifestyle without fear. These shows are teaching teen viewers that homosexuality chose them, they didn’t choose homosexuality. But the gay agenda is clear: teach people that gays are no different from you and I and that they need our support during their difficult search for gay love in a hostile, intolerant world.
Well, their efforts are gaining ground. We are now faced with the decision here in Nevada whether or not to accept same-sex marriage. Is it really none of our business? Are we just being intolerant because the idea is too unfamiliar to us? Let me explain my point of view.
I was raised to believe that the Bible is God’s word, that it is the basis for our value system, and that our lives should pattern God’s design for us. When faced with the issue of whether the gay lifestyle was right or wrong, I, of course, turned to my Bible. What I found was an exact answer to my question. Romans 1:16-32 as well as Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 (and others) clearly tell us that God disapproves of the gay lifestyle. God loves all people, but He hates sin. So, I wondered, what are we to do about those who cannot help the fact that they have homosexual tendencies? Well, I found that while the media tells us to embrace their sin, the Bible suggests we lead them out of it. I don’t know whether one can be born homosexual. But the fact is, God does not want us to indulge in this lifestyle, regardless of how we feel. Just as some people are born with aggressive tendencies, the world does not allow them to take out their aggressions on other people. Some people are born with a predisposition to alcoholism, but we don’t encourage them to drink, etc. They are expected to exercise self-control. The Bible is very clear that God gives us the ability to control ourselves with His help. Galatians 5 speaks of that.
If gays are continually told that they can’t help what they are, they begin to believe they are not accountable for their sin. But, the Bible tells us we will be accountable (1Corinthians 6:9-11). We also know that people involved in sin do change with God’s help, just as they did during Bible times. After mentioning those who will not inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Corinthians 6:ll states, “and such WERE some of you…” The power of God enabled them to change. Countless homosexuals continue to leave that lifestyle, even today.
I cannot vote to allow same-sex marriages in Nevada because the more this lifestyle is supported, the more it will be accepted as permissible, and as God clearly disapproves of it, so must I. Coincidentally, the holy books of the most common religions in America – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – all teach that homosexuality is an “abomination to God.” Who can deny that reality? Vote yes on Prop. 2.