There are a lot of opinions about the source of homosexuality in individuals. Church people say it’s a choice. Homosexual activists say it’s a trait of certain individuals’ nature. There is much research that connects homosexuality with abuse. But, really! Does the source really matter? The prevailing thought is that if one is born gay, then being gay must be perfectly acceptable. If God made a person with same-sex attraction, and God doesn’t make mistakes, then homosexuality must not be sinful.
Faulty logic. If this line of thinking is true, then my selfishness is not something from which I need to repent. I should embrace it and celebrate it. After all, I was born this way. The alcoholic need not seek treatment. Isn’t there a genetic link to alcoholism? The point is, we are all born with desires that are out of sync with life as God intended and created it. Sin is genetic! This genetic sinfulness shows up in people’s lives in different ways. For some people, the gene produces anger. For others it produces anxiety, addictions, sexual promiscuity, and a million other sin issues.
The problem with homosexuality is the same as my problem with selfishness. We have this genetic sinfulness that produces in us desires that are contrary to God. My primary problem isn’t selfishness, it is sin. If I somehow overcame my selfishness tomorrow, there would be another sinful issue arise. The genetic sinfulness cannot be dealt with by removing the surface issue. Christians need to understand this. We are not helpful when we focus all attention on the symptom. Get to the genetic root.
We all need genetic re-engineering. This is exactly what Jesus offers. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).