By Don Ruhl
After considering the movement to teach the Bible in public school (Covered in another article http://thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/teach-the-bible-in-school/) and the subject of this article, we have to agree with Charles Dickens as he began A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”
The September 1, 2007 issue of the Grants Pass Daily Courier, had this article, “Gay studies courses thriving on college campuses around nation” (p. 5A). The subtitle was, “At least 30 U.S. schools offering minors related to gay culture.”
On one hand, high schools have started introducing the Bible into the classroom, and on the other hand, colleges have started offering studies in the homosexual cultures.
We cannot give up. We have to keep on teaching the truth with the right attitude, “speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4.15); and as Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching (2Ti 4.2). Peter exhorted us, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed” (1Pe 3.15, 16).
Homosexuality Is Not New
One student who discovered that San Francisco State University offered a full-fledged undergraduate minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, said, “One of the things I’ve learned is that homosexuality was around way back in ancient times. Before, I thought homosexuality was started in the early 1970s.”
Anyone aware of history, and human nature, knows that homosexuality has been around for a long time. Remember the Greeks and the Romans. It does not take much study to discover that it has been here a long time.
If someone knows the Bible, he or she knows that homosexuality has been around since at least the time of Abraham, “Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally’” (Gen 19.4, 5).
The term “sodomite” and related words come from this incident. The term “lesbian” refers to a group of homosexual women led by the poet Sappho who lived from the 7th to the 6th century bc on the Aegean Island of Lesbos.
Anyone who has heard of these words surely knows they refer to homosexuals, and the very use of those words reveals that homosexuality was not started in the early 1970s.
Subjects Offered in Many Fields
The article reported that studying homosexuality was once limited to history, English, and women’s studies, but now there are courses in religion, law, and advertising, and statistics.
The point is this: They do not study homosexuality to discuss whether it is right or wrong, nor to find out how to help someone out of it, but the article said the professors and students simply accept that it is normal and legitimate. They study how homosexuality fits into things, such as advertising.
Lisa Leff, the Associated Press writer in the newspaper quoted above, quoted Steve Seidman, a sociologist at the State University of New York, “There is no giggling, and there is no debate about whether homosexuality is normal or whether lesbians and gays should have rights…For the most part, people in these classes are open, they are self-accepting and they are not afraid to major in this area, and that’s generating a huge demand.”
This reveals how far our culture has accepted homosexuality. However, it will not do any good for us to say simply that they are wrong, rather we have to teach the truth and be willing to fund the widespread teaching of the truth.
Homosexuals Fund Their Beliefs
How did something like this come about? Courses such as these do not come free. The article revealed, “Helping fuel the rise of these specialized degree programs are endowments from gay alumni…”
I have always maintained that homosexuals out-work us, out-zeal us and out-finance us. They are not stingy. They know what they have to do to get their practice accepted, and they do it.
Put 100 Christians in a room with a speaker who tells them what they need to do to get Christianity accepted and put 5 homosexuals in a room with a speaker who tells them what they need to do to get homosexuality accepted, and they will out-work us, out-zeal us, and out-spend us.
Are we willing to put in the time, give the money, and donate our lives to get the truth out of our buildings and into the public square? This means increasing our contributions. It involves the willingness to be ridiculed when we speak the truth. We have to back others who are teaching the right things.
Out to Change Things
The article ended with what people told Jennifer Reck when she was contemplating studying homosexuality, “If we never study these areas, how are things going to change?”
Thus, she was persuaded to study and became a professor. The homosexual community wants to change things.
Are we out to change things or are we only going to lament the way it used to be and criticize any efforts for the right? Are we ready to spend and to be spent?
Paul was, which accounts, in part, for his effectiveness, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved” (2Co 12.15).