The “God is love” movement has turned Christianity from a religion of truth to a religion of feelings and sentimental connection and endless philosophical speculation. Biblically-based reality has been replaced with a passive gentleness that is fully accepting of all people and all things just for sake of avoiding the ugly feelings of rejection. Compassion has become equated with comfort and acceptance.
Part of this acceptance is that of sexuality in all forms. While the traditional expectations of chastity before marriage between one man and one woman in a lifelong union are given a nod of respect, the emergence of non-traditional sexuality enshrined and embraced in a new community of sexual openness is the new litmus test for the church. To reject the “gay” community, which includes all forms of sexuality from homo- to bi-sexuality and allows for casual sexuality without any expectation of fidelity, is to be a church called “judgmental” and “fundamentalist.” To prove God is love, the church must accept the “gay” community, providing a place where there is never criticism of non-traditional sexuality. The comfort of acceptance free from the judgment of rejection is the goal.
At the same time, the “God is love” movement is heralding the incessant call for “compassion” for the poor and disenfranchised, especially racial minorities, women and gays. Compassion is acceptance for those who feel rejected. The idea of compassion for the less fortunate is indeed a noble goal and enshrined in the heart of Christianity. Those who are in the traditional camps who feel rejected and disenfranchised by the new movement are quietly ignored.
However, Christianity offers a view that puts acceptance of sexual license at odds with compassion and in fact views sexual license as the forerunner of social cruelty.
One of the most disturbing stories in biblical history is that of Sodom and Gomorrah. It records a community in such a state of sexual depravity that the men of the city sought to have sex with the men who were staying with Lot. Lot himself offers his daughters to the crowd and is later date-raped by his own daughters (cf. Genesis 19), revealing the community’s attitude toward sex. The level of sexual anarchy was such that God destroyed the city. Until recently, the word “sodomy” was used to describe homosexual sex between two men, the very mark of complete sexual depravity.
A sister verse to the account, a sidebar of sorts, is found in Ezekiel 16:49:
Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy (ESV).
Some have argued, in defense of the gay community, that Sodom was not destroyed because of its sexual proclivities, but because it did not care for the poor.
However, the apostle Paul saw a connection between sexual license and cruelty. In the first chapter of Romans, in the second half, he lays a blanket accusation against mankind from God. In this declaration of universal guilt, he marks as a sign of man’s descent into depravity three major points.
First, man rejects acknowledging God, including his accountability to and dependence on Him:
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:21 ESV
Second, having turned away from God, the immediate result is sexual anarchy:
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves. – Romans 1:24 ESV
Finally, without God and in a state of sexual anarchy, they become cruel and malicious:
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. – Romans 1:29-31 ESV
From a biblical perspective, sexual license is a direct result of man rejecting God and a guarantee of a cruel society. Christianity being obsesses with sex is important because no society can rightly claim to be just and compassionate while holding a state of sexual anarchy. For a man to claim to be a compassionate Christian and yet live a life of sexual license is to live a lie.
True compassion in and from the church will only be achieved when marriage is again upheld as a binding institution and all other forms of sexuality are soundly and thoroughly rejected. This includes divorce, casual sex and the pernicious lie that is called the “gay lifestyle.” It must begin with men first rejecting the carrion call of sexual hedonism and then rejecting the feminist exaltation of women. Men must first begin by returning to God, dedicating themselves first and foremost to God and Holy Scripture. Then they will have a foundation from which to embrace a wife and children and the world in the compassion of truth and service.
Christianity needs to be obsessed with sex in order to lay the foundation for a life of genuine compassion for a dark and depraved world. If men and women cannot care for each other in terms of sex, then there is no reason to expect them to care for each other in every day life.