Opinion: Christians Need To Be Grounded In Biblical Love To Respond To The LGTBQ+ Movement
SpongeBob comes out as an LGBT+ “ally,” Lil Nas X has a homosexual relationship with Satan in a music video and the Equality Act is on the doorstep of the United States Senate. The LGBTQ+ movement is dominating modern culture. How should Christians respond?
The church should stand in opposition to any sin, and the acceptance of homosexuality stands as the latest opponent of Christianity in the culture war for society. In 1 Corinthians 6, the Bible says, “Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord…”
The passage goes on to say in verses 18-20, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”
Homosexuality goes against the design God put in place when he created man and woman. Genesis 2:22-24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
The movement infiltrated the pivotal facets of civilization, including the entertainment industry, educational system and government.
Hollywood and the entertainment industry actively propagate the LGBTQ+ movement in their work. Many television shows and movies — even ones Christians enjoy — have homosexual characters or plot lines. Now it is common to see homosexual relationships used in their marketing tactics on TV commercials. Continually, prominent musicians and their songs have openly LGBTQ+ messaging.
Acceptance of this agenda even found its way into the education system. Four states — California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Illinois — require LGBTQ+ history in their curriculum, and a majority percentage of schools in 15 states and Washington, D.C. provide LGBTQ+ sex education. According to USA Today, ideological trends and the Equality Act, a bill that would remove religious freedoms in favor of LGBTQ protection, would likely expand this education as well.
The Equality Act, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), would allow numerous sexual orientations and identities to be protected by the federal civil rights law.
By way of the Equality Act, the government would expand the movement’s infiltration into culture adverse from religious liberties. The bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on February 25 and was endorsed by President Joe Biden, is now awaiting a vote in a divided Senate.
Nevertheless, Christians should not rely on the government to regulate all sins in a fallen world. Because the United States was founded on Christian principles, many believers have grown accustomed to the government and education system promoting biblical principles and enforcing punishment for sins. This is no longer the case. We cannot take our religious freedom for granted. We must rely on our witnessing work through Christ to spread our beliefs. The Bible tells Christians that they, not culture, should make disciples.
This cultural infiltration presents challenges that Christians must navigate in a sin-cursed world. Christians will have to be responsible for the content they consume, the education they and their children receive and the ideas they endorse. God never promises that life will be easy for Christians, and developments that go against our beliefs are to be expected.
Therefore, the response from believers to the rise of LGBTQ+ influence in culture should be to maintain the love of Christ but to stand together for what we believe. We must come together to speak the truth in love and fight for our religious freedom while we are still blessed to have it.
Christians already navigate a fallen world filled with temptations and challenges, and homosexuality is another addition to our test. However, we must continue to fight the “good fight” for our faith, such as in 1 Timothy 6:12. Voice your opinions in government and elections. Pray without ceasing. Train your children in biblical principles.
Christians must rely on each other and Christ to navigate modern culture. We should not expect government or schools, or celebrities to reinforce our beliefs.
Above all else, the Bible commands Christian to love others — even LGBTQ+ members — as Christ loves us. In John 15:12, Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Romans 8:39 says that nothing can separate people from the love of God, even those in the LGBTQ+ movement.
Keaton Browder is an Opinion Writer. View his LinkedIn profile here.