I shared the United States Department of Education’s rainbow profile picture on my Facebook page and posed the rhetorical question, “What are our students being taught?”
My question was rhetorical because I already know what many public schools are teaching. But someone with a rainbow profile picture commented that students are being taught “not to hate themselves.” While self hate is no doubt a root cause of homosexuality, the agenda of the homosexual movement is not about not hating oneself. It is about embracing any and all behavior that is contrary to the truth and giving in to the lust of the flesh, then forcing others to bow down to its agenda. Apparently, the Department of Education is fully on board with this philosophy. Examining why that might be is not the focus of this post. Instead, I will explore a few aspects of homosexuality and offer hope for those who are bound by its cruel chains.
Since lust is the driving force of the homosexual movement, let’s consider that the biblical definition of lust goes beyond physical desire. It is also a craving, longing, or desire for what is forbidden.
In reality, every human deals with some kind of lust, that force in all of us to desire what is forbidden. Lust is as old as the Garden of Eden. As he has been doing since the Garden, Satan tells us to act on our lust. God, however, tells us to resist, to confess it to Him and turn away from it.
There is a reason, a very good reason, some things are forbidden by our loving God–because they are bad for us. And that is precisely the reason Satan tempts us with those things–because they steal, kill, and destroy. His specialty is to take something good from God and pervert it. He steals from God and destroys people with his lies.
Satan has tried to steal even the rainbow and make it stand for a lie. But those who are waving it over their sin like a victory flag need to know that the rainbow is a symbol to all mankind that God keeps His promises. Depending on where you stand with Him, that is either extremely scary or deeply comforting.
According to 1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For me, that verse is comforting. But when one attempts to justify his sin or simply declare that his lust is not sin, the next verse is definitely not comforting: If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:10) If we know anything about Jesus, we know He is not a liar. Therefore, the liar must be the one who denies his own sin.
So where does that leave someone struggling with homosexuality and its underlying self hate? At the foot of the cross where Christ’s blood flowed freely for the forgiveness of sins and deliverance from bondage. It is the only place where forgiveness, restoration, and true love can be found. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we who believe, confess, and repent are freed from the bondage of sin. But we have to call sin what it is and walk away from it. Only then are we truly free to love as we should–not only in forming right relationships with others but also in loving ourselves.
Janice Powell 2015
Scriptures from the New American Standard Bible.
Are you going to Heaven when you die? If you have not confessed your sins, repented, and received Christ’s free gift of salvation, you aren’t. But know this verse: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:5 NAS)
I encourage you to look up these verses for yourself in an accurate translation, write them down, pray, and talk to a pastor from a Bible teaching church. If you have come to salvation, welcome to the family of God! You are in for the ride of your life!