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Homosexuality Giving Your Point of View Homosexuality is a serious moral wrong and Christians ought to do what they can to discourage it Finding the most effective way to do so in a pluralistic society is sometimes difficult Here are a few suggestions I want to make a distinction between two ways of addressing the issue of homosexuality I think Christians have made some mistakes here focusing on an internal approach--quoting the Bible--rather than using an external approach--finding some means other than Scripture to persuade Quoting Bible verses is great when dealing with Christians who are inclined to obey God Its different though when dealing in the secular public square We have a very specific goal when addressing the issue of homosexuality in the public square-- specifically the area of policy-making What do we teach in schools about homosexuality What do our laws reflect about it What about our social institutions like marriage The Christian goal in this situation is not to win people to Christ This is not an evangelistic endeavor The goal here as the church is to be a salt and light to minimize the amount of unrighteousness in our culture and increase its moral health and stability because that is an intrinsic good in itself Our goal here is to discourage an unrighteous behavior and sometimes its easier to discourage harmful unrighteous culturally-damaging behavior by appealing to something other than Scripture When people have called this show and asked questions like this my point of view has almost always been that if were going to make an appeal in the public square regarding public policy our appeal should not be from the Bible but on the basis of the common good What is good for our culture What is good for our community What kind of community do we want to be Last year for example a gentleman called in and
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