Heterosexuals Can Sin Sexually Too: How LBGTQIA Issues Have Made Us Forget Basic Sexual Morals

HibiscusAl Mohler reported on last Thursday’s edition of The Briefing that two characters on a popular PBS children’s program (Arthur) entered into a same sex marriage. All too obviously,  the writers developed this storyline for the purpose of normalizing homosexuality. Of course this news troubles me, just as it should trouble you. But it also made me think about our culture’s rapid deterioration.

I entered my teenage years in the mid 1960s. When I was 14 or 15, a neighborhood girl that I used to play with suddenly moved away from her parents’ home. Her parents had tried to teach her good morals, but she’d gotten involved with the wrong crowd. After my mom caught her reading lurid novels at the neighborhood drug store, she forbade her from coming to our house, sensing (correctly) that she held some influence over me. Not many months later, she’d moved to another state, leaving her parents and younger brother behind. Reluctantly, my mom told me that the girl had been sent to a home for unwed mothers. Soon thereafter the scandal drove her dad to suicide.

These days, people aren’t very bothered by the thought of teenagers being sexually active. Okay, teen pregnancies still aren’t preferred, making contraception and abortion seem like wise measures. But it’s pretty much expected that high school kids will have sex. Many pubic high schools even provide child care to allow teenage mothers to continue their education.

And we assume that heterosexual adults will have sex prior to marriage. I had one Personal Care Attendant who couldn’t understand why John and I waited till our wedding night. To her, we were quite strange.

Western culture has moved far beyond thinking that heterosexuals should save themselves for marriage. Nowadays, the conversation focuses so much on LBGTQIA issues that sexual purity for heterosexuals is all but forgotten. Most people laugh at the thought of a couple being virgins on their wedding night. We’re too busy teaching our children to rejoice when a male rat marries a male aardvark.

I fear that the LBGTQIA agenda might even distract Christians from standing against heterosexual immorality. When was the last time you expressed shock over a heterosexual relative moving in with her boyfriend? Society expects us to nod approvingly and then nod just as approvingly at other forms of sexual sin. And we lose our Biblical perspective on heterosexual purity because the conversation shifts our attention to more flamboyant sexual deviations.

But Scripture, while it addresses homosexuality as sin, makes no allowance for sexual immorality of any kind.

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. ~~1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (ESV)

As we stand against normalizing LBGTQIA behavior, we must also stand against heterosexual immorality. No, the shame that my childhood friend’s father experienced over her immorality shouldn’t have led him to suicide, but shame indeed should be our response to both homosexual and heterosexual sin.

We’ve forgotten that point.

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