From: Steve Swagger
I would like to address John Rupkey’s assertion that gay people are created gay by God, in a letter to the editor, run on March 12. First of all, John offers no Biblical proof for his statement. There is, however, Biblical proof that God created mankind as male and female (heterosexual beings), gave woman to man (marriage) and gave them the ability to procreate offsprings in Genesis 1:26a, 27-28a, 2:21-24. Jesus also confirmed the marriage relationship between man and woman, Matthew 19:4-6.
Second, therapists and counselors who have worked with those who had chosen a homosexual lifestyle but wanted help to get out of it, discovered one or more key reasons why they were drawn to homosexuality. People had experienced great difficulty in their relationship with one or both of their parents, especially in the early years. Others had experienced physical and or sexual abuse, divorce of their parents at a critical time in their life resulting in the need to rebel against their parents and society, thus having an opportunity to experience homosexual behavior. The Minnesota Family Council recommends two books, “The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert” by Rosaria Butterfeild and “Messy Grace” by Caleb Kaltenbach, for sustaining the preceding information.
Third, John also accuses preachers of using Biblical theology “as a weapon against kids and adults who God created gay.” Preachers of the Bible (God’s word) need to do so without any personal agenda, and knowing that they will give an account to God for what they preach, Hebrews 13:7,17. Homosexuality is only one of many human activities that God addresses, see Romans 1:28-32 and Galatians 5:19-21. God our creator is alerting us to types of behaviors and lifestyles that are hurtful and harmful to us. We should be thankful instead of choosing to be offended.
Fourth, John’s insinuation that Christian families teach their children “to loath homosexuality” is unfounded. I am not aware of any Christian churches, organizations, or family that promotes hatred toward the homosexual community. I know people personally who have chosen the homosexual lifestyle. They are wonderful people, gifted individuals and I have great respect for them.
Fifth, this matter “that all people are created equal,” thank God we’re not! We are not equal in physically, mentally looks or giftedness. If we were, we would be God’s robots. Sexually we are not equal, or will be because of the unique physical and emotional make up of men and women, thus the term heterosexual, meaning different and sexual. These differences are what make human relationships both challenging and rewarding. We do need to make the effort of showing equal respect and value to every human being, because every person is important and valuable to God, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:6-8. That kind of equality will change the world!