Preface: This particular blog is one that I have spent countless hours on even before writing the first line. I gave thought to doing this blog in two parts but decided a person’s interest might be lost between the first part and second part so I am working on the premise that once I have your interest I don’t want to loose it. Also, in an effort to shorten the blog instead of writing out all of the biblical references I will only show biblical books, chapters and verses except where needed for clarification. You can use a version of the Bible you are familiar with reading but do read the verses.
Is America Becoming a Modern Day Sodom?
All through my life I have heard people reference the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Their sins were so great we have current laws today, Sodomy, that reference the city mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The people of Sodom had turned from God in such a vile way that He destroyed the city and all that lived there. Genesis 18:20-21
Their sin became focused on sexual immorality. Homosexuality especially was the pleasure of the day. They were not ashamed to own it, and to prosecute their design by force and arms. This had reached a level that caused great displeasure in the eyes of God. He sent two angels to Sodom. As they reached the gates of the city Lot was there to meet them. Lot requested they stay at his house knowing what it would be for them in the city. After strongly requesting the angels to stay at his house the angels agreed and went there.
Read Genesis 19:4-11
These verses are a good representation of current day events. The homosexual community only amounts to approximately 3.8% of our population according to Gallop. The following is from their website as of August 4, 2015,
The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.
We can probably raise that to 3.9% now that we can add Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner to the list. Also, I will concede that there are some who do not want to admit either on paper or verbally they are gay, so with that we can only guess to that number and for this blog I will put 5.0%, which would still only amount to 8.8%.
This active 3.8% gay population through intimidation, coercion, threats and other means necessary i.e., our federal government, has bullied (forced) the American public into accepting they’re chosen lifestyle. Think about that for a moment. If you line up 100 people less than 4 would be gay yet the other 96 are being forced to accept everything the 4 admitted gay people demands.
Why are the 96% so willing to go along with the 4%? Because the available information, i.e. polling, has been skewed to make homosexuality look normal and anyone who doesn’t agree is either homophobic, hate-mongers, uneducated or Conservative.
When did our country begin to be coerced into accepting homosexuality as normal? The University of California, Davis, shows that in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Defects. There was fierce opposition to this decision by other physiatrists. The APA claims the change was due to empirical data, coupled with changing social norms and the development of a politically active gay community in the United States. With this reasoning would it be fair to say that if the new social norm were to accept Pedophilia as normal then would it be removed as a diseased condition. Political correctness was being born.
What are the steps to changing the public’s view? There are not as many steps as one would think, nor are they complicated. There are basically two ways to change the attitude of a population: education and entertainment. If you look at the available polling it is the lower middle age and younger adults and those in the high school and upper educational system, and now our primary schools, that finds homosexuality as being normal. Either one of these, especially the educational process, has complete control of our younger generation and children. We send our children into the public school system not having any idea of what is being taught and the children are led to believe by the parents and society that teachers are smart, trusting and know the information they are teaching. There is now a bill proposed to require “all school districts K-12” to celebrate gay, lesbian and transgender history in America. I have also learned the Dorito Chips is bringing out a rainbow chip and the proceeds will go to LGBT groups. Dorito chips are probably the most visible chips in our public schools.
The second is entertainment especially television and movies both of which are visual. When a young mind is repeatedly subjected visually to a way of life, right or wrong, they will soon become tolerant of it and find no problems in experimenting with their own feelings and emotions. There are several television shows that show openly gay relationships between males in several age groups. ABC is the biggest proponent in showing same-sex relationships on television. These two venues will eventually have a change in the way religion looks at homosexuality. We now have 3 states, California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia that have made it illegal for a minor child to seek counseling for sexual feelings he feels are not in line with his or her gender. If a therapist, counselor or a Doctor of Psychiatry is found to have counseled a minor on these issues they could lose their license. There are numerous other states considering similar bills.
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice has banned any Chaplains from saying that homosexuality is a sin. According to Todd Starnes a contributor for Fox News on August 11, 2015 writes that Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else The Kentucky Department of Justice would revoke his credentials.
Chaplain Wells stood fast to Gods word and refused to sign the document and yes, his credentials were revoked. How many Chaplains signed the paper and sold out God? Where would you stand if this happened to you? Would you stand up for God or give in to “political correctness?”
But the issue still remains, is homosexuality something we are born with or is it a learned process by choice? Most I believe choose this lifestyle. They are usually experimental by nature and are willing to defy the accepted standards and live outside of society boundaries. They try homosexual relations and if they like the experience they either become bi-sexual or homosexual; either way they can’t turn back as the “community” now knows they are “gay.” The longer they stay in this lifestyle the harder it is for them to revert to being straight.
With that in mind, I do believe there are some that are born with homosexual traits. I have known several who were married but displayed feminine traits. Did they live the gay life? No, they chose not to and maintained a strong functional family. This brings up another issue how does one know if he or she is gay? With today’s influence from social media along with television and movies if they have any traits at all they will be swayed to follow them.
Where is the church on this issue? Scripture makes it clear and mandates one male and one female. Read Genesis 1:27-28. If the church is to continue using Gods word as their moral compass then they have to take a vocal stand against homosexuality.
Pastor John Hobbs in a recent lecture in one of our local churches gave the following information regarding the behavioral and identity issues of homosexuality.
Nowhere do we find unnatural tendencies excused because they are believed to have come naturally. We now have to answer the question; is homosexuality a behavioral issue or an identity issue? Behavior is acting on feelings and attractions and Identity is defining oneself based on those same feelings. Should we follow the desires we have had all our life and should we develop a personal identity based on those desires or have a higher standard for our life? There is an opportunity up to a point to where a person can make a conscious decision to change and not become what he or she thinks they have feelings for.
What is the process that results in a person not being able to change their ways? Are we responsible for desires we did not choose? Here he shows six steps of how we are born with certain tendencies and desires to a life of choices.
- All are born in sin, Psalms 51:5. Even at an infants age we see selfish tendencies of the infant taking what they want and lying when caught etc.
- Tendencies lead to temptations and usually attacks the areas of our sinful tendencies. This is where our emotional urges occur.
- Once temptation occurs then it becomes a matter of choice.
- Giving in to temptation often quickly becomes habit
- When habits continue they become a compulsion.
- Compulsion then becomes addiction and addiction control our behavior.
The American Psychological Association says there are numerous theories about the origin of a person’s sexual orientation. Most scientists agree that sexual attributes are most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. In most people, sexual orientation is shaped at a very early age.
There are many, including myself, who believe there are two unforgivable sins that God will not forgive America as a country for: One is our governments open acceptance and promotion of homosexuality (talked about above) and the other is the shedding of innocent blood (abortions, an upcoming blog).
At this point, I want to make it perfectly clear that we as [individuals] can ask for and receive forgiveness for our sins. God gave us that gift through the crucifixion of Jesus. Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. When Christ died on the cross he died for all sins of mankind both past, present and future. Without going into the theology of past generations, I will focus on present and future. Through Christ, we can have forgiveness but in order to receive forgiveness there are requirements we must follow. First is to recognize that Jesus died for our sins and the through Him and “ONLY” through Him, John 14:6, can we receive forgiveness just by asking for it by praying the sinner’s prayer (this prayer can’t be found in the Bible) but find a Pastor and they will walk you through the prayer and then by repenting our sins. Repent means to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin. As we can learn from Jude 1:7; those that allow themselves in unnatural uncleanness are marked for the vengeance of eternal fire. This is where the homosexual community has problems. They believe that by ignoring certain parts, chapters or verses in the Bible they are not sinning. They have convoluted Gods word to where they believe they have Gods approval of their continued sins because they have been misled to believe that through Jesus their sins are no longer sins. From that verse we can see what happens to the person that chooses homosexuality, but what about the rest of us? Should we expect anything less? By not at least speaking out in disapproval against homosexuality are we not approving of it? Are we to be excused from responsibility if we don’t speak up according to Gods word? Have we found the reasoning in this by saying our government has forced this on us, but yet we still vote for the same politicians that pushed this on us?
Has Satan struck us blind, not physically but morally under the “Politically Correct” rule?
In our Constitution we are given the order by which man must obey laws: Laws of nature, Natures God, along with our Creator given laws of unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness and the last in order is Social Contract Laws. All but the last are Biblical laws with the last being man’s law.
As we have learned in life there are penalties to be paid for not obeying laws. These laws we are to obey are not limited to the laws of man but also and more important we are to first obey the laws of God and Natures Law. How is God going to judge those who don’t speak up? How is He going to judge you?
The only question that remains is where do you stand on homosexuality? Do you take a biblical view or society’s view? Your answer can and will have an effect on where you spend eternity.
Last word. I have probably read this a dozen times before posting it. This is a subject that crosses all race, gender, age, and income levels of our society. Homosexuality is not the only sin America has turned its moral beliefs from, but this is a sin that is mentioned very strongly in the bible. As I said earlier, my hope is this will cause you to learn more and if you have questions seek out a qualified counselor that has a good understanding of the bible and share your concerns, questions and feelings.
For Liberty and Freedom, Ernie