Well we are continuing our book study by Erwin Lutzer. Continuing with chapter four, Lutzer calls us to resist the peer pressure. For those who have not read the previous chapters of this book review, you should. Please remember this is Erwin Lutzer’s thoughts and not my own. It does not matter what my thoughts are in the first place. I hope you will consider his thoughts though. He makes some interesting points. With that, I hope you will read along and be challenged by Erwin Lutzer’s words.
It seems as though the pressure to accept same-sex marriages is everywhere. What is really wrong with two women showing affection towards one another if it “feels right?” No matter where we look, the pressure to accept same-sex couples is in the media, and in the news. If we do not know how to properly respond to these issues, it will wear us down.
One of the often-used excuses for same-sex marriages is, “We were born this way.” In fact, many truly believe they were born with a same-sex gene or something. Science has made several attempts to find this gene so that they can affirm the same-sex sensation. Lutzer writes, “First, we must better understand the nature of genetics itself. There is a difference between those genes that make up the body and those genes that influence our desires and predispositions.” He goes on to say,
We are responsible for our behavior even if it is genetically motivated. Surely homosexuals don’t want to say that their genes have rendered them helpless robots, incapable of human choice about their behavior. They would want to affirm, I think, that they are moral agents who should be held accountable for their lifestyle. In other words, no matter what influence our genetic makeup has on us, we cannot use this as an excuse for a lack of accountability and responsibility.
Another statement that same-sex couples use is “We cannot be changed.” Is it true? It is impossible for homosexuals to change their lifestyle? Lutzer has a different question we should be asking. He asks, “Even if someone finds that he or she cannot change to heterosexual desires, does this justify living the homosexual lifestyle?” Lutzer seems to believe that it is possible to maintain a single lifestyle while one struggle with a homosexual lifestyle. The church must take a stand and welcome those who struggle with homosexuality and not turn them away. We need to embrace those who are in need within the larger community of faith.
Another statement that is become more popular is that homosexual marriage is a matter of civil rights. Lutzer writes, “There is no question that our identity is to a great extent bound up with our gender: Male and female He created them.” Lutzer continues saying, “Many who have come out of the gay lifestyle say that their journey began when they no longer thought of gayness as the essence of their personhood.” When we find our personhood in Christ, it is possible, says Lutzer, that those who struggle with homosexuality can leave the homosexual lifestyle.
There are other reasons people give for their homosexual lifestyle. We will not look at the rest of them. I will simply say that Lutzer seems to provoke some questions we can ask and consider concerning this issue of homosexuality. It is my encouragement that you buy the book, read it with an open mind, and respond appropriately. Thanks for reading. God bless.