Why Change just the Sodomy Laws?

By Andy Alexander

A recent article in the Nashville Banner (4-11-89) described the upcoming efforts of the homosexuals to try to repeal the sodomy laws of Tennessee. Sam Adams, a board member for the Southeastern Conference for Lesbians and Gay Men, states that the homosexuals are “looking for a gay Selma.” This is a reference to the fight that began over racial issues in Selma, Alabama in the sixties.

Homosexuals claim these laws should be repealed because the alternate lifestyle they are living is not hurting anyone else and their “sexual orientation is a given birth attribute.” Mr. Adams also states that the homosexual’s “biggest enemy” is the “traditional, ignorant, fundamentalist Christian.” While we are going to the expense of changing the laws, why not apply this same reasoning to other offenses and see if other laws should be changed along with the sodomy laws and save the tax-payer the expense of rewriting future laws?

Should the laws against the pedophile be changed? A pedophile is an adult who is sexually attracted to children. This is an alternate lifestyle and the pedophiles can make the same claims that their sexual orientation is a given birth attribute and they are not hurting anyone else. If both the child and the adult consent to this arrangement, then who is getting hurt? And, before you claim the child should not be allowed to make this choice, check your position on the right of a child to choose an abortion without her parent’s consent.

We must agree with Mr. Adams who says education is important to changing these laws. We will have to educate the traditional, ignorant, fundamentalist Christian who will stand opposed to this law change as well. And should Mr. Adams oppose this: would he then be considered a traditional, ignorant, fundamentalist anti-pedophile?

What about the laws against the Peeping-Tom? The Peeping-Tom probably just has a disease he inherited at birth and no one should stop him from fulfilling his “natural” desire to peep in windows. Or, would Mr. Adams be a traditional, ignorant, fundamentalist anti-Peeping Tom when it corries to changing these laws?

This may appear funny to some, but those who have chosen this sinful way of life are in danger of the Judgment. The biggest friend the homosexual has is God in heaven who loved him so much that he gave his Son to die on the cross so that his sin-stained soul may be washed clean (Matt. 26:28). The Christian who is bold enough and loves him enough to try to correct him from his inevitable doom is truly his best friend on earth.

More Questions for the Sodomite

Is it certain that when two consenting adults choose to commit homosexuality they are not hurting anyone else? What if one has AIDS and is unaware of that fact or doesn’t care if he infects others? What about the parents who brought them into this world by heterosexual means? We are shown some parents on television who accept this in their children, but this is the exception rather than the rule. It is painful and shameful to their parents in most cases. What about those who choose this lifestyle after they have been married and they leave their mate for someone of the same sex? No one gets hurt? What if children are involved? Will the scorn and ridicule that the child is unfairly subjected to not hurt? Granted, the child doesn’t deserve such ridicule, but whose fault is it that he has to undergo it?

Heterosexuals who uphold the Law of God and oppose changing the sodomy laws have been labeled by a new term “homophobic.”” A homophobic is “a person who fears, dislikes, or hates homosexuals” (World Book Dictionary, 1989, p. 1014). Homosexuals are claiming that heterosexuals are the ones with the problem and that they should change their attitude toward homosexuality.

The sin of homosexuality affects others and it most definitely affects the homosexual. It separates him from his Maker and if he remains in this sinful state, it will cause his eternal damnation (Isa. 59:1-2; 2 Thess. 1:7-9).

Our society is becoming more corrupt day by day and things which at one time were hideous and shameful are now displayed on public television as fashionable and the “in-thing” to do. The prophet Jeremiah lived in a time like this and he warned the people against living in such a depraved way.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jer. 6:15).

Jeremiah gave the solution to their problem in the next verse when they exhorted the people,

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls (Jer. 6:16).

The people of Israel chose to continue in their sinful way of living and God fulfilled his promise to them by allowing Babylon to cast them down.

God has given us the standard of righteousness and changing the laws of man will not change the law of God (Rom. 1:16-17; Gal. 1:6-10). It is our duty as creatures to seek God who created us and glorify him as God and we can only do this by changing our stubborn will and humbly submitting to his will (Acts 17:27; Rom. 1:21; Heb. 5:9). God made us and he deserves our thankfulness, our praise, and our obedience.

Guardian of Truth XXXIII: 19, pp. 591, 594
October 5, 1989