In today’s society, there exists a mixture of issues which tend to raise
arguments with people all over. There are a handful of topics that always seem to
escalate these differences between people to the point where one who earnestly
participates in discussion, debate and argument can direct their anger towards their
feelings on the person themselves. Some examples of such delicate subjects are the death
penalty, abortion, and euthanasia. An issue that has in recent years, begun to increase
arguments, is the acceptability of homosexuality in society. Until recently, homosexuality
was considered strictly taboo. If an individual was homosexual, it was considered a secret
to be kept from all family, friends, and society. However, it seem that society has begun to
accept this lifestyle by allowing same sex couples. The idea of coming out of the ‘closet’
has moved to the head of homosexual individuals when it used to be the exception.
Homosexuality is nothing to be ashamed of and we should all come to realize this.
The Government of Canada passed a law making it illegal to discriminate
against an individual’s sexual preference. With this in mind, the government would then
require all of society, including religious communities, to welcome the marriages,
adoptions, and families of homosexuals as though they were in no way different from
heterosexual ones. It is amazing that such an authority be involved in legislating the
acceptance of the normality of this group of individuals. To conclude that the government
is taking a corageous act by legislating this law , it must be shown that homosexuality is
something we have to accept in society.
Many feel that such a lifestyle is acceptable so long as it is kept in the privacy of
one’s own home while others find it as a sin wherever it is. Society looks down at the
homosexuals who are seen in the streets arm in arm, kissing, and even engaging in what
they call "unsightly groping". If one was to see a heterosexual couple doing this
unsightly acts of affection nothing would be thought of it. Often enough, homosexuals
attempt to ‘pick up’ straight members of their own sex, causing considerable uneasiness but to some that same uneasiness comes from someone of the opposite sex as well. One man named John P. Phillips quoted in "Essence Magazine"
"Having to deal with a homosexual on such an insignificant occasion as buying bread, can easily make one’s skin crawl, if not ruin one’s day. This kind of behavior disgust me. One should not make themselves sick from another’s choice in gender. It cannot be denied that viewing this activity will offend many but we should be able to change these outlooks on life.
To those wishing to become parents and spouses under the law they will find
many difficulties along the way in order to . The argument often heard is that
homosexuals are perverts, that the children they raise will be permanently damaged if the
homosexuals acquire the child. Homosexuality in and of itself does not make one an
inherently poor parent. This seems quite ridiculous to some people when you consider the
issue of the homosexual, whom would obviously be thrilled to raise a child. The child
would grow up with his personality, lifestyle, and attitude being formed by homosexuals
which could seem quite different but could actually be interpreted by the child as nothing
out of the ordinary. The Child would grow up learning that homosexuality is normal and is
equal to heterosexuality. The child will be learning a homosexual and heterosexual
environments. “Learning life through a homosexual’s eyes can do little but
cause future confusion for the child when he or she realizes that people are not always
raised by same sex couples. These facts do not change when there is a single parent
situation. Children will be confused when he or she notices other parents acting vastly
different from their own." I totally disagree from this point of view. The Child will be able
to understand as soon as brought into society that a child could be raised by same sex
parents or opposite. It just matters how the parent raises the child.
A negative side to this proposition is that society, being a collection of
straight parents raising children, would put the child in a dangerous enviroment where
peers would harass him for his style of living. It may seem to some quite cruel to allow
children to experience such a troubling situation simply to appease the wishes of
homosexuals. If we just earnestly look at the situation we can see that it can actually be a
valuble learning experience for the child. If the child can be put in a proper enviroment .
One with a safe learning and living surroundings. We wouldn't have to be worried of such
torment for a child if more people would come to realize that homosexuality can be and
should be accepted in today’s world.
Marriages are unions of two people under God and the idea is that the two
individuals will start a family and prosper. The point lost in this argument is that at any
time in the marriage, health permitting, the heterosexual couple could have children. If the
homosexual couple wanted children, they would be out of luck unless they were able
secure some kind of adoption. Marriage is not only concerned with the ability to make a
family but to unite 2 loving individuals as one. The common argument against any moral
appearance is that homosexual tendencies are something certain individuals are born with.
It may not be that they are born with it but it is something they aquire to feel at a early age
and there for they are not able to change what they have come to accept. Over the years
there have been several straight individuals who have become homosexual. They have
always felt this sense of homosexuality but have not been able to admit it to themselves.
One may be afraid of what society will think of them and how it will affect their every day
“ And you must not lie down with a male the same as you lie down with a
woman. It is a detestable thing” (Leviticus 18:22). The Bible itself, commonly know as
God’s Word, tells mankind that homosexuality is wrong. It seems difficult to imagine a
greater authority than that of God. It seems clear that our own creator frowns heavily
upon homosexuality. This is hard for some to understand that God condemns homosexuals
when it may not even be their choice to be homosexual or not. Even though God does not
permit homosexuality does this mean we should treat them as outcast, perverts, or
criminals ? WE shouldn’t label these people, judge them, or condemn them for that matter.
We should treat them as equals an as one of us because even if we are not homosexuals
we still do sin.
(1 Cor 6:9-10) "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God . Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 1nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" This was addressed to the local church in Corinth. Corinth was filled with many pagan temples dedicated to the many gods and goddesses of the time. It is said that the major temple had over 10,000 priest-prostitutes. This passage is not addressing Christians rather it is addressing unbelievers. Regardless of what one does or does not do if they reject Jesus Christ they will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Passages like these are unfair to homosexual people. They suggest that all homosexuals are pagan worshipers and do nothing but evil which is totally incorrect.
“ For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, That we
should love one another.” ( 1 John 3: 11 ) “ We know that we have passed from death to
life because we love one another. Who ever does not love abides to death. All who hate a
brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life
abiding in them.” ( 1 John 3: 14-15 ) All Christians know that to love one another is one
of the most important laws the Lord gave them. To follow this law one must accept the
fact that homosexuals are homosexuals. They must love them for who they are and not
attempt to change them. If a Christian feels the nee to “help” homosexuals they should
support them and make them a strong, open minded individual. They could also stand tall
next to them giving the strength to stand up to the prejudice in society.
It is ridiculous that some people have to take this prejudice to a higher
level. Violence. “ A recent extensive study by the National Gay Task Force found that
over 90 percent of Gays and Lesbians have been victimized in some form of the basis of
their sexual orientation. ” ( Morality in Practice ) This statistic is insanely absurd. More
then one in five men and nearly one in ten lesbian women have been punched, hit, or
kicked , a quarter of all gays had had objects thrown at them, a third had been chased, a
third had been sexually harassed, and over 14 % had been spit on for their sexual
orientation. People should not take their anger and hate to that extreme. There is even a
specific violent act called queerbashing. In this act groups of young men target a
homosexual and beat him unconscious or until death. During this beating they yell out
abusive language towards the victim. This kind of violence and hate can be compared to
serious racism in the past.
Some believe that homosexuality is something that transcends the legislation
process in that God and that no government’s proverbial measuring stick of what is right
and wrong can possibly compare to that of our creator. It is true that no law can override
the law of God but it is not for us to choose who will go to hell and who will have eternal
life. That is for the Lord to choose. He will choose who will be condemned and who will
walk with him. To conclude, it can be said that homosexuality is an issue unlike most
others facing society, when the emotions it stirs are considered. The government is just
helping our society by creating these laws. If these laws exist then people will grow use to
them and possibly prejudice would decrease. People should not have the right to offend
others in public, raise children in a fashion detrimental to the child’s mental health, behave
in an unnatural manner that offends the moral codes of society and that of God. This I all
agree with but to what degree do we know that homosexuals fit into all this? We have no
right to judge. We should leave that to the Lord and he will make the right decision. He
will decide what the sinner does and doesn’t deserve.
Christians know what to abide by. They may know that being a
homosexual is going against Gods word but they also know that the Lord says that one
should love all no matter what circumstances. Calling homosexuals offensive names is just
as offensive as from public displays of affection from homosexuals. Of course I for one do
not fin any kind of this public display offensive but some might. So if some want the
respect to get homosexuals to keep their proclamation of loving one another private then
they have to stop the name calling and violence. Homosexuals are just as human or
Christian as anyone may be so that is more of a reason to love them. The Bible says that
sinners will be forgiven so for us to be more God like shouldn’t we forgive homosexuals?
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