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The Gospel Offers a Robust Identity

Yesterday Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, came out of the closet and announced that he is gay  This has been a well known fact for a number of years, but yesterday was his formal announcement.

One of the reasons I am broken hearted over the gay agenda is the impoverished identity that it gives to it's adherents. I can't imagine being primarily identified off of my sexual orientation. It is a very narrow identifier. The leaders of the LGBT community are using many wonderful people who have same-sex attraction to further their agenda. But the benefit of primarily being identified as "gay" is not equitable exchange for the follower.

Aside from the fact that I agree with scripture when it says that homosexual acts are sin, I am sad that wonderful people are allowing themselves to live off of such a narrow identity. And I wish that people who find themselves attracted to the same sex would buck the trend of identifying themselves with only that feeling. Even if they are not convinced of my ethical system I wish they would consider whether being primarily identified off of sexuality is the most beneficial label to take on.

Humans are hungry for an identity. Just consider some of the movements that have developed over the past 100 years. Civil rights... Feminism... Anti-war... People want to be a part of a movement that changes society for the sake of change as much as they want to gain an identity.

Your identity determines so much of what you do and how you interact with others.

That is where the propositions of Christianity should be considered. Christianity is not just a moral code that opposes homosexual acts. It is a life giving identity that gives endless possibilities.

Just consider the first chapter of Ephesians.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,to the praise of his glory. - Eph. 1:3-14

Even if a gay person is not ready to relinquish their lifestyle they have to consider what identity is most beneficial.

Is it possible that coming out as gay is only abrogating a significant amount of freedom and life that God intended for you? Is is possible that the LGBT community is handing out cheap and shallow identities that give the movement leaders power while the followers are restricted.

On this Halloween, as people take on a new identity for a couple of hours consider the benefits of these costumes. Are all Halloween costumes created equal? Can you dress up however you want without ramification? What about the guy who dressed like Ray Rice and was dragging a female manikin behind him? Was that a win?

Not all available identities are created equal and there are ramifications that flow from identity.

I love and have a great deal of compassion on those who are struggling with their sexual identity. I am upset with the narrowness of the "gay" label. And it is my hope that all who have homosexual desires will consider how they identify themselves moving forward.


Summary of Responses to DOMA and Prop 8 Decisions

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There is a cultural shift taking place as homosexuality finds broader acceptance within the United States. The recent decisions by the Supreme Court are only a small piece of that overall shift. There has been a steady march towards acceptance for decades. The first cultural event that I remember was Ellen's coming out on TV. But the shift started much earlier. There were a number of quality responses that I want to recommend.

Albert Mohler Talks about DOMA

[quote]Instead, the majority decided to send a clear signal that such a case will now be well received. It struck down DOMA by employing a logic that, as Scalia noted, cannot stop with the striking down of DOMA. It can only stop with the full legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states by judicial fiat.[/quote]

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Ed Stetzer on the Christian Response

[quote]For those Christians seeking to witness real cultural impact, our public conversation should not begin with opposition to homosexuality-- but with our witness for Christ in word and in deed. We need to show grace and friendship to those who struggle, while holding fast to what the Scriptures teach.[/quote]

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Joe Carter with 9 Things You Should Know

He makes a number of important technical points about the specific cases that were brought. Again, the most important decision had to do with DOMA. The SCOTUS decision paves the way for a homosexual couple to claim discrimination on the grounds that a state will not permit them to marry.

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Denny Burk on Religious Liberty

[quote]We have already seen that private business owners such as bakers and florists have been sued by their state governments for failing to provide their services for gay weddings. We’ve also seen Catholic Charities have to leave Massachusetts for refusing to provide adoptions for gay couples. In none of these has there been any legal accommodation for the deeply help religious beliefs of traditional marriage supporters. These cases are already cropping up across the country, and we can imagine countless other conflicts that may arise. What if a Christian university were to decide to limit its married student housing to heterosexual couples? Will there be any accommodation for this under the new regime?[/quote]

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Jesse Johnson on Prop 8 Craziness

[quote]We should be impressed at the legal finesse of such a maneuver. By constructing a trial on the definition of marriage, but banning anyone who had an interest in putting on a legitimate defense, the resulting case was obviously one-sided. Eventually the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a group that gathered funding for Prop 8 could defend it in court, which they did unsuccessfully.[/quote]

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