“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”-Matthew 7:26-27
I was reading an article in the New York Times dated earlier this week about Christian Universities all over the country applying for a waiver that would exempt them from allowing LGBT persons into the school whether as a student or one applying for employment. The LGBT community, as well as their supporters, sees this as an act of discrimination, while the school officials say that this would allow them to abide by their religious beliefs. There are around 30 universities applying for this waiver. In another situation in California, a male transgender filed a complaint against the school she was attending which resulted in the school treating her like other males. This change in treatment included her use of the male locker room and participating in male sports. This type of situation is not confined to this school alone, as there are other schools including high schools, having to deal with this.
We all know of well-known celebrities who have changed their gender such as Chasity Bono and Bruce Jenner. Chasity is now Chaz and Bruce is now Caitlyn. What’s happening?! The country, for the most part, is in favor of the LGBT community, and the basis of their support goes to the fact that many believe that people ought to do what makes them happy. It does not matter if what they do is immoral, it only matters how the person feels (is it right for them?). This line of thinking exemplifies the Postmodern view of morality. Postmodernism rejects absolutes, especially in the area of morality, and it views morality as purely subjective to the person. As a result, who then has the right to tell another what he or she does is wrong? How can a Christian tell others that what he or she does is wrong if it feels right to him or her? Accordingly, there is no standard of determining what is right and wrong if one views morality as purely subjective. A person will only believe that morals are relative until another morality conflicts with theirs. When this happens the postmodernist will switch from believing in an autonomous culture to heteronomous culture and attempt to dictate to someone else what they ought to believe.
Interesting isn’t it? The advocates of the postmodern view who are also supporters of the LGBT community are all about “equal rights,” except if you are one who believes homosexuality and the gender identity movement are immoral. Instead of the debate going back and forth, as it has previously with Christians simply trying to defend their biblical beliefs, it is needful to bring into the debate moral absolutes. I mean by this, that unless one has a solid foundation on which to build his or her morality, it will crumble when scrutinized. The LGBT community and supporters argue that those who say, in one way or another, that they are wrong, are making this judgment based on nothing more than their own subjective ideas and feelings. What objective moral principle can they build their argument upon? They make objective statements against those who disagree with them, but they have no basis to say what is right or wrong. Christians, on the other hand, do have a solid foundation to build their morality upon, namely, God!
Our society acts in a very hypocritical way because there is no basis for what is right or wrong, yet these relativists make judgment calls on a regular basis . The same group that advocates LGBT rights, will denounce those who are kleptomaniacs, or those who are pedophiles (though their argument is the same as LGBT), or those who want more than one spouse. These groups often support the right of the woman to choose concerning abortion, and yet will adamantly oppose the death penalty. On what basis do they make these moral judgments? This is blatant hypocrisy. Our only foundation is the Lord who is the Moral Law Giver. Because He exists, moral absolutes exists. As a result, Christians have a solid foundation for their moral argument against the immorality of the LGBT community. Let us hope that as the debate continues Christians will bring these issues to the forefront.
Joshua Banks is senior pastor and founder of Shepherd’s Rock Bible
Church in Kingsport, TN. He holds a Bachelors degree in Ministry from
Luther Rice University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and a
Master of Divinity both from Liberty University. Joshua and his wife
Amanda, along with their 5 children, reside in Gate City, VA.