Why Some of the LGBTQ+ Arguments Make All the Sense in the World
It's hard to argue with some of the logic promoted by LGBTQ+ supporters.
Love is love. Born this way. Gay pride.
Pro-LGBTQ+ slogans abound as the sexual revolution continues to morph, expand and diversify. Intellectual honesty demands we admit many of the messages are difficult to argue against.
“Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” — James Baldwin
Too often the response to this sexual identity cultural shift has been heady, overly emotional and lacking a true analysis of the situation.
How can we argue with love? Is stripping someone of their dignity the answer? Emerging from the closet of ridicule and despair as survivors should result in shunning? Embracing the only personal identity that makes sense to them as out and proud revolutionaries makes them our enemies?
I implore all who read this to search your hearts, to seek God’s perspective and to respond to today’s culture with heavenly wisdom. There is an available anointing to respond to all of the issues of the day if we truly seek the face of God in humble intercession. If we don’t exhibit true, biblical love by battling for those God so deeply loves we can’t pretend to be any sort of holy warrior.
Yes, It Makes All the Sense in the World
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14, ESV)
Many Christians borrow conservative talking points to engage in a shouting match with their homosexual adversaries. Others are erring on the side of overreaching sympathy based on an overactive, unbridled mercy gift that values affirmation over truth.
When we are led by the Spirit our approach shifts dramatically to one that’s deeply compassionate, unapologetically bound by Scripture and salted with an anointing that truly sets the captives free.
I titled this article intentionally. Many arguments supporting the LGBTQ+ agenda make all the sense in the world. Their world. Christians are truly from another world, one that is foreign to them. Those who have not had a dramatic, life-altering encounter with the most powerful force in existence simply have no grid for much of what we believe. To them, loving another person of the same sex is clearly and obviously a positive thing to do. It makes sense to surrender to their sexual desires when they truly feel they were born that way. What we would call unnatural is natural to them, and vice versa.
Yes, it’s absolutely true that Scripture covers this topic in a direct, straightforward manner. I am not suggesting compromise or passivity.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:24–27, ESV)
Understand I’m in no way attempting to support or promote the LGBTQ+ lifestyle as godly or healthy. I firmly stand on the Word of God and I understand that many behaviors and beliefs will certainly bring swift judgment. My point is that we must reconsider our approach. Forcing a sword down their throats brings death, not life.
There is a difference between damaging agendas that are being aggressively promoted and the searching of a wandering soul. Our response must match the situation.
No, It Doesn’t Make Sense
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5, NKJV)
Many of the messages Bible-believing Christians are delivering to a lost and dying world make no sense to them. Unless the Holy Spirit is directly involved as the interpreter, as the only one who can cut through the darkness and reach a person’s heart, our logical and emotional strategies will fail.
Love has an entirely different meaning to those who have not surrendered to Jesus. There is no way to communicate those differences to the LGBTQ+ community without God himself imparting it into their hearts.
It’s like trying to explain, in English, the differences between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion to a newly-discovered people living deep in a jungle speaking an unknown language. Two different worlds.
It’s important to admit that much of what we read in Scripture and what we have experienced as Christians makes no logical sense according to the world. Following Jesus requires that we reject much of what is ‘logical’ in exchange for supernatural truth that defies natural, worldly standards.
Again, the point is simple. We need to understand that those who don’t know Jesus just don’t comprehend our beliefs. They are strange to them and not usually founded on their own common sense.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5–7, ESV)
We need to adopt an entirely different approach. It’s time to demonstrate true love. We must honor them as individuals who are truly searching. While never wavering from biblical truth, we should be on our knees in intercession for them, praying that God does wonders in their lives. Our battle should not result in their shame but in their liberty.
John Burton is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. He has authored 10 books, is a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. He has planted two churches and has initiated two city prayer movements and a school of ministry.