Much of the current, cultural debate on gender and sexuality revolves around the question of orientation. If you are oriented a certain way, your natural inclination is grounds for justifying your beliefs or your actions.
“Hey, I can’t argue with the way I’m wired!”
Certainly, this reassures anyone with homosexual inclinations, but it’s also good news for heterosexual inclinations (outwith God’s marital parameters), polyamorous inclinations, incenstual inclinations, paedophilic inclinations, or even an attraction to bestiality (you may be surprised to learn the latter is defended in academic circles today).
It’s worth pointing out this is NOT a slippery slope argument. This is simply being consistent across the board. There’s no reason to treat one particular inclination as a special case without betraying a serious bias, and it’s no surprise to learn that left to our own devices everyone’s moral parameters will suit themselves.
Listen to the book of Judges, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” When the nation of Israel rejected God as their source of absolute authority it created a moral vacuum. Like any vacuum, something else gets sucked in pretty quickly, and the question of moral authority becomes a defence of moral autonomy.
It’s not a question of orientation, it’s a question of authority.
Today the right thing to do is to do what seems right – in our own eyes. God’s authority has been silenced in the schools, manipulated in the media, purged in politics and compromised in many churches. When there is no recognized standard above and beyond us that applies to all of us, there is no way things ought to be.
Cue moral chaos.
However, the Bible says we can argue with the way we are wired – because our wiring is faulty. Everyone is born with a natural bias that points them in the wrong direction. This needs to be corrected. It’s important to know we can’t fix broken people living in a broken world, but we can shine and share the reason why there’s hope. It’s not a question of orientation, it’s a question of divine revelation and supernatural transformation.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ...but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
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