Based on this module/week’s reading, do you believe the authors’ stance on homosexuality is too liberal or conservative? Explain why using the text and scripture to support your opinion. Use course materials and/or external research to add to the class discussion.
Based on this week’s reading, I believe the authors’ stance on homosexuality is too liberal. This stance of the authors can be accredited to the fact that they believe homosexuality is not as simple as choosing to be homosexual. To most, there is no “correct” stance to take on this issue and you will be criticized no matter what you believe. Balswick & Balswick (2008) explains to us that if you choose to take a liberal approach to this topic, you will be accused of compromising the truth and if you take the conservative position, you will be accused of rigidity in your definition of the bible.
Perhaps the most famous verse pertaining to homosexuality is Leviticus 18:22 which reads, “You shall not lie with a male as a woman; it is an abomination” (ESV). Though this verse seems to condemn homosexuals, the authors pose that maybe the bible is addressing homosexual behavior and not the individuals themselves. Another important thing to consider is what I previously mentioned. Homosexuality is seen by some as a choice, while others believe that there is a biological cause for it. With this in mind, we should consider that Leviticus 18:22 speaks against unnatural tendencies which are seen as perverse. Homosexuals however, are not acting unnatural because these are their natural tendencies (Balswick & Balswick, 2008).
I find it important to add that no matter what we believe, God is the ultimate judge. We have to try to decipher the bible, while God knows exactly what He meant by the words He dictated. Considering this, I feel it does not really matter how we feel about homosexuality. James 4:12 reads, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor” (ESV)?
Balswick, J. K., & Balswick, J. O. (2008). Authentic human sexuality: An integrated Christian approach (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic