Recently, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. has been forced to admit that the gay gene simply does not exists. Likewise, the American Psychological Association admits:
"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles. ..."
In other words, despite all of their effort, homosexuality remains choice. There is no such thing as homosexual orientation. "Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no finding have emerge that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors." Despite all of the research and money spent, there remains no proof that such a gene exists or that homosexuality is predetermined not chosen.
This does not mean that factors do not play a role such as abuse, experiences, etc. However, even with such factors considered, it does not change the fact that homosexuality remains a choice. Not everyone abused as a child, whether sexually, verbally, or whatever, become homosexual. So although some factors may play a role, they do not determine sexuality.
This should affect the debate over homosexual rights in the future. Although the media has ignored this and similar stories and many Americans assume that such a gay gene exists, we should acknowledge the effect this has on the debate. The Biblical, Christian worldview remains intact and valid: based on the evidence homosexuality is a choice.
And if homosexuality is a choice then it is subject to an honest debate regarding morality. The debate must move from, "I have the right," to, "is it right?" As Christians, we uphold that God designed marriage as being between one man and one woman and nothing else. And as time continues to move forward, it becomes clear that man's sexual obsession and experimentation runs contrary to God's divine plan.
If homosexuality is an issue of morality, than the shouting match and the accusations coming from proponents of homosexuality must cease. The argument that homosexuality is morally wrong is not one of bigotry, but of legitimate concern. Too long, proponents of homosexuality have moved their efforts by accusing those who affirm traditional marriage as bigots, homophobes, and hate-mongers. In light of the evidence, such accusations must end. This is not a debate over who has the right, but what is right?
But something tells me the shouting match and accusations of Christians as hate-mongers will not cease. To take a moral stand is itself intolerant whether one is for or against homosexuality. The door swings both ways. To have the debate is one thing, but to resort to name calling is another and as evidence continues to prove the validity of homosexual as a choice, the accusations made will only increase.
At the heart of this issue is not science, but liberation. Liberation from the shackles of morality. The Christian worldview holds that as society progresses, moral standards will be shredded because man always wants more. The fight over this issue is proof that man wants what he wants and will fight for it no matter what. The depravity of man is made clearly evident as America continues to be divided over this issue. But it will not stop here. Once man gets tired of homosexuality, he will move on to something else; polygamy, lowering the age of consent, and on and on it will go.
Man hates the idea that they might be wrong. In an age of self-esteem and "I have the right not to be told I'm wrong," Christians must realize that they will forever be viewed as the enemy in Post-Christian America. As long as Christians affirm the gospel, the culture will forever reject it. If truth is, by definition, intolerant, then rather than fear the name-calling, perhaps we should embrace it. Yes, we are intolerant, because truth is intolerant. Yes, we are bigots because any moral stand is bigotry (including supporting homosexual). Yes, we are closed-minded because we actually have the guts to stand for something; just like our homosexual counterparts.
Too long Christians have sought to be popular rather than right and faithful. We must embrace that we will not be liked by the culture. But our responsibility is not to be popular, but to be faithful to the gospel, regardless of the cost. Will Christians prove to have a spine, or will they be fickle as immoral movements threaten to shove their morality, intolerantly I might add, down our throats?_______________