The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) states, “Many laymen now believe that homosexuality is part of who a person really is from the moment of conception.” The article continues asserting, “There is no evidence that shows that homosexuality is simply “genetic.” And none of the research claims there is. Only the press and certain researchers do, when speaking in sound bites to the public” (emphasis theirs).
I agree with NARTH in that the research done on behavioral genetics has never concluded the possibility of a homosexual gene. In today’s circles of conversation, the subject matter of a homosexual gene might not be the topic of conversation around the dinner table or even religious tables for that matter. I want to ask the question though that perhaps we have overlooked regarding the “homosexual gene” I will call “x.” What if there was a gene that we could undeniably identify as the “homosexual gene x?” What If the tests were conclusive and the subjects were not tampered with in any way? What would a Christian’s response to these new findings be it they were at all possible?
It would tell us that the sin-nature of humanity has reached even to the genetic code of man. We who believe that there was a literal Adam and Eve also believe that there was also a literal sin act that occurred, resulting in humanity and the universe being cursed. If such a gene like a homosexual gene was ever found, it would only deepen our understanding of how sin can affect the human body.
Romans 1 tells us: “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged truth about God for a lie and worshiped and serve the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passion. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:22-27).
Could it be that the results of sin reach much deeper than just what we see on the surface? Let there be no mistaking – I do not believe in any case, homosexuality has been proven to be a genetic result. To say so means that it would be impossible for an individual to make a conscience decision to be heterosexual or homosexual, thus allowing the sin of an individual to be justified by a human condition. What I am saying is that if there ever was an individual who was able to provide an undisputable argument from science that there is, without a doubt a homosexual gene, we should not be surprised by its findings. As Christians, our first response in any case is to love one another. Each person is made in the image of God and therefore deserves such love.
My final thoughts rest on a saying in which I was taught at a young age: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Is this even biblically correct? I would submit that God even hates the sinner but loves the person. We have been given a great gift in Jesus so that we can identify ourselves not as sinners but as a people redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. No matter what area of sin an individual lives in, Jesus is able to come and provide a way out. We rarely speak of this way but know in our hearts that God finds us in the gutters of life and brings us out into the light. This is an aspect of the good news the Gospel brings to all people who believe in Jesus and desire to align their ways with His. We must never forget the power of sin and the hold that it has on individuals. However, we must also never forget that there is a greater power by which we can be saved – the name of Jesus Christ. He has the ability to transform a sinner into a person redeemed. Praise God