Then President Obama
Dan Philips, who authored the blog post, addresses the question of whether or not homosexual behavior is sinful. (50 years ago, such a question would be ludicrous.) Yes, Philips answers. One cannot pursue a homosexual identity/lifestyle and expect to escape God's wrath. But he immediately follows that statement with this pivotal paragraph:
Having said that, let me take a step back and say that "sin" is any want of conformity to the will and nature of God. Sin is rebellion against God's Lordship. It is refusal to do what God commands, or insisting on doing what God forbids, or rejecting what God enjoins. It had its birth in Adam and Eve's insane desire to "be as God." Every sin is an attempt to be God instead of God.
Before I dare to write about homosexuality, I must allow the Lord to deal with the numerous logs in my own eye. I, along with many of my brothers and sisters in Christ, must regain the perspective that all sin, including homosexual behavior, is overt mutiny against God. Dan Philips makes that point, and it can't be over-emphasized. You see, Jesus did not fault the Pharisees for taking stands against sin...at least when they derived those stands from Scripture. Rather, He faulted them for not first acknowledging their own rebellion against the God they claimed to represent.
Jesus is Lord, and requires obedience from all of us. Heterosexual sin is just as heinous as homosexual sin, as is gossip, worry, complaining, anger...and a whole litany of other thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Homosexuality certainly is one manifestation of defiance against His Word, and it's important to maintain that stance even amid increasing pressure to condone it by legalizing same sex marriage. So yes, I will maintain a Biblical opposition to homosexual behavior. But in doing so, may I first allow the Holy Spirit to continually examine my heart, that my own mutiny against Him may be crushed.