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[Homosexuality] What’s Sexual Orientation Got To Do With It?

Posted by Lex Fear on December 9, 2006

Churches and Christian organisations all over our nation are panicking about the new Sexual Orientation Regulations. SOR are due to be introduced by our splendid government in April 2007, after a parliamentary vote scheduled for February 2007 at the latest.

What’s the problem?

Whilst the regulations will not affect churches directly, there is a possibility that Christian organisations or individuals who operate commercially, could be prosecuted for withdrawing or failing to offer services to someone on the grounds of them being of a homosexual orientation.

But wait, let’s consider this in detail. The regulations are not against preaching, teaching or practicing the Christian faith. They are about treating homosexuals equally. In my mind, no church should have a problem with this. The only ‘service’ a church should be offering is the service of directing people to salvation. Therefore if a homosexual man walked into a church and inquired as to how he might obtain salvation, anyone he meets there should be only too eager to point him in the direction.

It appears that the regulations will affect the ‘Christian’ organisations and individual ‘Christian’ commercial operators (self-employed/business owners). Now, it’s conceivable that some Christian-owned businesses or organisations would refuse to offer services to homosexuals, but the question we should be asking is, what is the purpose of these businesses and organisations?

If you are a Christian individual offering services on a commercial basis, the only reason I can see for turning away a person of known homosexuality is reasons of bigotry and ignorance. For a start, you are not loving your neighbour, therefore not operating your business for the glory of God, and are ultimately giving up any right you had to class your business as a ‘Christian’ business.

If you are a Christian organisation, like the church, you would probably find no difficulty in complying with these unnecessary regulations, unless however, your Christian organisation is actually run for profit. There is the snag, you are refusing custom from a homosexual and are once again not reaching out with the love of Jesus. You are a resounding clang, a money-changer in the temple courts.

As for me, I don’t really care what regulation the government brings in, I will practice my faith and continue to worship God, and not bow to any regulations that would threaten to contradict this. Of course, I don’t operate a business or Pastor a church, so I have far less to lose.

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4 Responses to “[Homosexuality] What’s Sexual Orientation Got To Do With It?”

  1. Cathy said

    Hi Alex..interesting post..what caught my attention is this:

    a Christian printer is not free to practise Christianity if they are forced by law to promote homosexual practice by printing a flyer for a gay nightclub/gay pride march.

    a Christian teacher is not free to practise Christianity if they are forced by law to promote homosexual practice via a legal obligation to teach their pupils that practising homosexuality should be actively considered by children as an alternative and an equal to heterosexual marriage.

    a Christian IT consultant is not free to practise Christianity if they are forced by law to assist homosexual practice by building a website designed for same-sex dating.

    I certainly couldn’t promote this lifestyle, but at the same time, Paul himself stresses the point that we are not to judge those in the world. But, when the world tries to force me into its mold, I then have a responsibility to my own conscience and to God’s Word….and with wisdom, respect and gentleness I think I would need to refuse. The result at that point then would be to lose my job. Perhaps this is simply the cost of following Christ; a very small cost considering the price others have paid over the centuries..
    1 John 2:16-20 (Amplified Bible)
    For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.

    So how can we be “in the world” but not “of the world”? And how can we “love the sinner” and “hate the sin”…? We are not usually very good at this; we go from either one extreme to the other..

    The real problem is the root, not the branches. Mankind is bent toward evil and disobedience. Repentance is the only way back to the garden and the Tree of Life…no amount of political laws is going to FIX our real problem..

  2. Lex Fear said

    Cathy, Good argument. It’s not something I have not thought about, but I will admit it’s tricky. If I was approached to build a gay dating agency website, I certainly wouldn’t be enthusiastic about it.

    However, the problem with this argument is it can be easily countered by asking questions like:

    What if a ‘Christian’ nurse refused to offer treatment to a man she suspected/knew was homosexual?

    What if a ‘Christian’ plumber refused to work on a gay persons rapidly flooding apartment?

    What if ‘Christians’ owning or working in shops in a local town started to refuse to sell even basic items to a gay person- creating a subculture of exclusion- which leads to hate and possible violence from both sides.

    Here’s another thought, would an openly gay organisation approach a Christian based company to do their promotional literature or marketing? Probably not, but then, if they did, wouldn’t this be a God-given opportunity for the church to reach out to the gay community with the hope of Jesus’s promise of forgiveness and love.

    Just like these guys have with another ‘evil’ section of society.

    I agree with your assessment though. It’s not our job to judge the world, and there are no politics that will fix such a complex problem that has always been with us. At the same time we are to be in the world. It’s not an easy sometimes to answer these questions. ‘Christianity’ as a religion seems to continually flux between being oppressed to being the oppressor. This kind of duality is reflected in the scriptures constantly.

    For example: Paul states “…and remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.” 1 Cor 7:22.

    It seems we are in a constant state of flux as Christians. There’s never any absolute answer on questions of our interactions with the world, it’s simply about trying to emulate Christ.

  3. Cathy said

    C’mon Alex..your response doesn’t hold water. We are all EVIL. To refuse to help someone in need on the basis of any kind of sin is ridiculous. But to PROMOTE sin, is another thing entirely. The God given opportunity you speak of, is to share the message of the gospel with ALL sinners, not to help promote or encourage sin in order to “reach them”..that would be like saying Jesus promotes sin. What did he say to the woman caught in adultery?? “I do not condemn you, go and sin no more”..we need to have this same response or we’re just being wishy-washy..

  4. Lex Fear said

    It’s true Cathy, of course it’s not smart to go along with a sinful activity in order to promote Christ (not sure how that objective could be achieved anyhow).

    I’m not advocating that at all, however I’m saying if you run a business, you shouldn’t discriminate between clients. This would be different from discriminating between the type of work you choose. For example, a business rule could be that you do not deal with or promote porn (which is a public decency issue). Some businesses refuse to deal with animal testing labs for different reasons. You’re not discriminating against clients, you’re discriminating against their business.

    Also when Jesus said “go and sin no more” it always followed either a healing, or a decision to follow him. So you really only have that right to judge in that context if you have a) ‘healed’ a homosexual or b) that homosexual has become a Christian.

    This is another resulting problem with modern Christianity taking on leadership and business models into church doctrine. We have become confused about our role in the world. We are not here to judge it (that time will come) we are here simply to spread the gospel. Refusing to do business with a gay person, that’s a product of condemnation, not love.

    Once again I will re-iterate, it’s hardly likely a pro-gay, public organisation is going to approach a church or Christian one to do business (for exactly the same reasons a church wouldn’t approach them). However, if it did happen- it’s an opportunity to promote the whole character of God and the Church – Love, patience, forgiveness, compassion, fellowship… not just the fact that everyone is evil, but we are forgiven and they are not.

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