“His Excellency, the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and detestation of such Infamous Crimes, orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the army never to return…”(Arnebeck)
“We’re going to make sure that nothing stands in the way of loving couples, gay or straight, to adopt children.”
Both of the above statements emanated from popular leaders of their times. Both leaders were unashamed of their respective stances on the subject of homosexuality. And both leaders, as they expressed these sentiments, were prospective future Presidents of the United States of America.
These events and shocking statements from those brought up in the Lord’s church brought me face to face with a stark reality: It is past time that we turned back to the Book for the answers our kids so desperately need in a society that applauds what God calls “vile affections” (Rom.1:26 ). Our teen Bible classes should address the issue and study conclusively Genesis 19, Leviticus18:22-30, Romans 1, and I Corinthians 6:9,10 among other passages that so plainly condemn homosexuality. But if our classes are failing our children, we as parents must be ever more vigilant. Instilling respect for the authority of the Word begins when our children are toddlers and as they mature, we read it, love it, and dissect it together. We must obtain and faithfully use the resources with which God has blessed us to actively vie for the very souls of our children. Remember, the devil is on the prowl (I Peter 5:8). He is active in his pursuit of your children and the relativism of our culture that demands their acceptance of sin is one of his most successful modern ploys.
We teach from cultural evidence. You can prepare your children for the world’s barrage of lies about homosexuality. They will face these cleverly devised myths in their teenage worlds. Since no genetic reason for homosexuality can be found, gay activists would have us believe that large percentages of the population are homosexuals. It lends credence to any constituency when the public believes the constituency is large. So, on many advocacy websites you will read that one in 10 Americans is homosexual. But, in truth, the most widely accepted study of sexual practices in the U.S. is the National Health and Social Life Survey. (Thirty-one pro-homosexual groups have admitted the credibility of this survey.) In the NHSLS study the findings were quite a contrast. 2.8% of the male populace identify themselves as homosexuals and only 1.4% of the female population claim to be lesbians. The study also showed that a scant 0.9% of men and 0.4 % of women reported exclusively having same sex partners since the age of 18. When you subtract those who have also engaged in heterosexual activity, the figure leaves you with less than half of one percent who actually claim to be 100% homosexual (Laumann). If we were writing these ratios into a sitcom, we would need 199 heterosexual characters before we would write in one single character who was exclusively homosexual (Harrub). But the devil is the father of lies and he would love for us to believe that every other house on our street has a responsible homosexual hero inside.
The fact is, sin is a hard taskmaster. We are tempted, sometimes in strong, compelling ways. Some temptations are particularly strong for certain individuals. Environment, personality and circumstances affect our abilities to resist. But God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt man to sin (James 1:13). Once we first rationalize our way into addictive sin, we sometimes continue down paths of self destruction. But the responsibility for initial sin and for its continuation lies with the sinner. This truth spans all cultures and social strata. It is eternal truth and, just like the devil’s lies, it permeates and influences best when planted in the hearts of children at early ages. What has happened between the lifetime of George Washington and that of Hillary Clinton cannot be changed. What happens on our watch as mothers in America will be decisive in the future of our country and the eternal destinies of our children.
Recommended Resources for Teaching Children and Teens:
www.apologeticspress.org an invaluable website containing a wide array of informative articles from both Biblical and scientific perspectives.
Does God Love Michael’s Two Daddies, by Sheila Butt. Available from Apologetics Press.
Sexual Anarchy, by Dr. Dave Miller, Available from Apologetics Press.
Persecution, By David Limbaugh, Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Arnebeck, Bob George Washington and Homosexuality, www.geocities.com/bobarnebeck/gwhomo.html
Carpenter, Amanda B. (2007), Hillary’s Speech to Gay Rights Group, Calls Marriage Amendment “Mean Spirited”, www.himanevents.com/rightangle/index.php
Harrub, Brad and Dave Miller (2004) This is the Way God Made Me—A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the “Gay Gene”, www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2553.
Laumann, Edward O., John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels,(1992), National Health and Social Life Survey, www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ISPR/STUDY?06647.xml
Miller, Dave (2006), Sexual Anarchy, (Montgomery, AL, Apologetics Press).
Orloff, Living Lives www.youtube.com.,PFLAG Phoenix, www.pflagphoenix.org/education/youth-stats.html
Throckmorton, Warren, Gary Welton and Mike Ingram (2004), Same Sex “Marriage” and Schools: Critical Review of the GSLEN Same-Sex “Marriage” Curriculum, (Grove City, PA, Carolina Maud Publishing).