Why Sodomy Does Hurt Others
“If it doesn’t hurt anyone else, then it’s ok.”, is the common phrase used to defend practices such as sodomy (homosexuality), drunkenness, and sexual promiscuity. It may be true that there is typically no immediate consequences to such sins, however Paul describes the consequences of sin as wages, something that is earned later down the road.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
3 important things to be noted here, since this article is written to those who may believe that as long as it doesn’t hurt others, then it’s ok.
1) You earn death through sin. The outworking of sin is death, some with a more immediate expression, such as murder. The very fall of man brought death into this world when he sinned against God in the Garden of Eden. They were promised if they disobeyed (sinned) that they would “surely die”. (Gen. 2.17)
2) Eternal life is a gift. Gifts are not earned. Gifts cannot be demanded. God is under no obligation to give any disobedient, guilty man a gift. However, if He does give a gift then it’s by grace. And if it’s by grace, then it’s not on the basis of works. “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. ” (Romans 11:6).
3) God’s gift is through Christ. This is the bone that all other religions have to pick with Christianity. The very title of “Christian” means one who is of Christ. Christianity is exclusive to those who have faith in Christ, and without repentance there is no real faith.
That said, sin produces death. In Genesis the reader is given an inside look as to the consequences of sin and the actions working behind the scene of history. Sodom and Gomorrah was a sinful city, full of sexual immorality, drunkenness, murder, and sodomy. The city was destroyed because of it’s wickedness.”Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.” (Gen. 13.13) The liberal skeptic will try and argue that since the destruction of that city was of supernatural means (the raining of fire and sulfur) then when cities are destroyed today by natural disasters, then that is not necessarily of the Lord. However, the point of this article is to show that natural disasters, invading armies, pestilence, famine, etc are all acts of God in judging a society. A simple reading of Deuteronomy 29 will reveal the curses of breaking god’s covenant.
To sum up the covenant, nothing happens without a reason. There is no such hurricane, tornado, war, murder, rape, etc. without God’s purpose behind it, which is either to bless or to curse. Just as with the crucifixion of Christ on the cross, Peter has stated, “this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” (Acts 2.23)
And with Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Gen. 50.20)
Evil men are punished by God, and even used by God, to bring about good. For what is the ultimate good? A world in which evil has perished. In some natural way, all men want a world without evil, it’s just that their idea of evil does not always align with God’s
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8.28)
The punishment and judgment of evil is an image of what will be fulfilled when Christ’s reign is complete. Right now, at this very moment, Christ is sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God, awaiting all of His enemies to be made His footstool. When God destroys a wicked city, He is destroying His enemies. This is all pointing towards an ultimate fulfillment, where the last enemy (death) will be destroyed. If death is destroyed, then sin is destroyed, for the wages of sin is death. If sin is destroyed, then His enemies (rebellious humans) will be destroyed, since “…he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” (Pro 8.36)
In short, homosexuality hurts other, maybe not immediately, but in that sin brings death. Sin hurts everyone, because it brings death, and those who hate Him love death.