A Voice in the
"..the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1Cor2:14) "..you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience."(Eph2:2)
What a mixed-up world we live in! On the one hand, as sodomites and lesbians come "out of the closet" our 'enlightened' society tells us that we must accept their sin, and bend over backwards to make allowances for them. On the other hand, there seems to be a rise in incidents of violence and murder against these same people.
Let us look at the "other hand" first. Things "in nature" tend to eliminate things that are contrary to "their kind". I've not seen it, but have heard that if a cat has a litter, and one of the kittens is deformed, the mamma cat will kill the deformed one. As I understand it, many other animals do the same. This is -nature- at work. God created all living things to procreate "after their kind". (Gen1:24,25,etc.) And even in the immune systems, when something hostile to the health of the body invades, the immune system kicks in to surround that alien entity, and eliminate it...to keep the body "healthy" and -alive-.
Thus, I "understand" when a group of fellows gangs up on a sodomite to beat him up and/or kill him. A sodomite is not "after their kind" according to God's creation. God created mankind to "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen1:28) This is something a sodomite cannot do with another sodomite. They are, in that sense... "deformed". And so, in the "natural order" of things, others, acting "according to nature" try to eliminate that which doesn't 'belong'.
[Ed: Please notice I said I "understand" it. I didn't say it is "right". Please keep reading.]
However, the problem with sodomites and lesbians is not "physical". It is "sin". It is rebellion. When God's Word says, "all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way.." (Is53:6) it means that we know the right way to "walk in it" (Is30:21) but we -choose- to go a different way. A sodomite is -able- to procreate with a women. A lesbian is -able- to procreate with a male. But they have -CHOSEN- their perverted path. They are not content the way God made them. They whine "why have You made me this way?" (Rom9:20) And Paul expresses it, "O man, who are you who replies [complains] against God?"
And, indeed, mankind is not content with God's creation. They try to create new things. "As it was in the days of Noah" And so they are cloning animals, and speak of doing so with humans. They reject the -person- of an infant and call it "fetal tissue". And the latest thing I saw...aftering being injected with plankton DNA, a lab mouse gave birth to offspring that "glow". But you know what? I noticed during the brief video clip they showed...the mamma was running [charging] and "butting" the infants with her nose. "Nature." they don't "belong" in that state.
So, on one hand, 'enlightened' society tells us that we must -accept- "alternative lifestyles" as it goes headlong down the path away from God. Actually, in so-doing, they are -militant- in their rebellion against God. But in so-doing, they have taken things even a step BEYOND the "natural man" that Paul writes about; because, while the 'natural man' doesn't accept God, in doing what comes 'natural' to him, he wants to eliminate that which is not "according to their kind".
So, shouldn't we allow the hoodlums to 'do their thing' and help society out? Let them act according to "nature" and -get-rid-of- the "perverts"? ["pervert" means "turn away from what is right, corrupt, bring to a bad or worse condition, put to wrong or improper use, etc"]
No. Sodomy and Lesbianism is not a "natural" condition. It didn't even happen by a fluke of genetics. It was a "choice" on the part of those so-disposed. It is "sin". It is "rebellion" against God. Who takes care of sin?
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." (Rom12:19b)
There are many so-called 'christians' who feel it is their God-given authority to mete out justice on God's behalf. But remember Who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. God did not assign the task to Abraham. But notice, as Paul exhorts, "If it is possible, as far as is in you, seeking peace with all men." (Rom12:18) When enemies came and took captives, Abraham rousted up his servants and they "rescued" the cities out of captivity. (Gen14)
Since these "conditions" are a result of "sin", there is always the possibility that they will come to God in repentance. If a person kills them, it removes that possibility. And their blood is then on the killer's hands. (Ez33:8) While they may be in sin, they are still "people" and God is explicit about "murder". (Gen9:5)
A note to the Sodomites and Lesbians: