When Truth Becomes “Hate Speech”: When Embracing a Lifestyle Choice Means Rejecting Reality

A recent controversy over a billboard campaign in the mid-Atlantic states by an organization of formerly active homosexuals and their relatives has stirred up a whole hot mess.

The billboard, which simply states a scientific truth that has been revealed through decades of research, simply states that, “No one is ‘born’ gay.” The statement is based on research that has been done over the past 20 or so years on 3 continents using so-called “twin studies” that survey identical twins who have at least one one twin that self-identifies as having same-sex attraction.

Homosexual activists absolutely loathe the research because it completely dismantles their “born that way” narrative. One researcher, who says in this article, has been forced by the data, most of which has been funded by those same activists, to reject the claim outright.

Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.

“Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%,” Dr. Whitehead notes. But the studies reveal something else. “If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.”

Hmmm. Interesting. If identical twins, which are essentially genetic copies of one another, have such a disparate concordance, why is this not being reported? Simply because it makes those who decide to engage in homosexual behavior responsible for those decisions and removes a certain level of compassion from the field, as well as destroying the narrative.

My heart goes out to those who struggle with same sex attraction because it was something that I struggled with myself as an awkward teenager, something else addressed in the article:

The fluidity is even more pronounced among adolescents, as Bearman and Brueckner’s study demonstrated. “They found that from 16 to 17-years-old, if a person had a romantic attraction to the same sex, almost all had switched one year later.”

The truth that so desperately needs to be said is that the feelings may be natural, as long as we recognize that that’s all they are: feelings. But we mustn’t allow our feelings to define us. I was so glad that I grew up in a family that stressed logic and reason and the truth of Scripture over emotionalism. Our emotions have a place, but there were two particular verses of Scripture that I heard repeatedly that helped to set the world and my emotions in the right:

The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9, NET)

To put this verse in context, God is speaking to the prophet about the rampant idolatry that was occurring in the nation and how He would be judging the people in their abandonment of Him and His standards, not only of worship but lifestyle. The mind of man, “heart” in some translations, is where the decisions are made, the seat of emotions and will. The important thing to understand is that the people never stopped worshipping God, they merely added to God, like so many are doing today by distorting His clear word. Men in places of spiritual authority have erected an idol in the rightful place of the Holy God, an idol where God is like them, rather than reiterating the fact that we are creatures made in His image and what such a reality entails. The human mind, bent toward sin because of the fall, deceives us into accepting a lie in rejection of the truth. It is incurable by the wisdom of man, but by the power of God’s Spirit made available in faith in Christ, it can be regenerated and retrained to think the way it should have been thinking all along.

There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12, NET)

Just as taking the wrong road on a trip can put you in a location that you don’t want to be, making the wrong choice in life can lead to eternal destruction. It is tempting to allow our emotions to define the path in life that we should take, but is it worth the price? When I was struggling with my own issues, there were plenty of opportunities for me to act out, and if I had taken that path, I hate to see where I would have ended up. I was incredibly fortunate that my interactions in life did not cause me to doubt the reality of my manhood or abuse the image that I bear, so I praise God, but as the article points out,

For example, one twin might have exposure to pornography or sexual abuse, but not the other. One twin may interpret and respond to their family or classroom environment differently than the other. “These individual and idiosyncratic responses to random events and to common environmental factors predominate,” he says.

Whatever factors that exist on the genetic level, ultimately find their outlet in behavioral reinforcements. Abuse or factors of neglect seem to be common place in many of the stories of practicing homosexuals or people who struggle with same sex attraction. Ultimately, it is up to God to change the heart, but it is up to believers to spread the wisdom that God has revealed.

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