Homosexuality?

When the young man had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone Ezel, fell with his face to the ground, and bowed three times. Then he and Jonathan kissed each other and wept with each other, though David wept more. 1 Samuel 20:41 HCSB

I just read an article about how Hilton hotels had a picture of two men in bed together in a travel and leisure magazine. When asked why they utilized this picture rather than two men having lunch or playing tennis together, they said they had a very diverse base of clients and they wanted to relate to everyone. They were proud of portraying homosexuality. It seems that more and more people are becoming comfortable with homosexuality, and it is more acceptable today than ever before.

Some people use this verse to support homosexuality saying that Jonathan and David had a homosexual relationship. This is not true; kissing was a common expression of greeting or parting between close friends in that culture and would not have indicated a homosexual relationship.

Gotquestions.org says: The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22;20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God.

God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may develop a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, but it does not excuse the decision to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person develops a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into such desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

Challenge: Nearly every family has been touched by homosexuality in some way. Pray for those who have chosen homosexual lifestyles and pray for family members who have been impacted by homosexuality. Homosexuality is not a greater sin than any other sin. We are called to love the sinner, not the sin. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

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