I recently received a comment that made this argument: God made men in his image. God despises homosexuality. Therefore no one is born gay.
This is an argument I’ve heard before. “God didn’t create anyone to be gay.” Nor did God create anyone with the intention that they be a liar, or a cheat, or depressed, or impoverished, or ill, or unfriendly, or bigoted, or… Well, here’s the thing. Human beings are, in fact, all of those things. Aren’t we? We all have our foibles and our falling short. And yet… didn’t God create us to be human? The first man and woman, they were made in His image. They were Very Good. But God gave them a choice, to obey or follow temptation. They didn’t obey, and since then, there’s been a falling away. Like a copy made of a copy made of a copy made of a copy, humanity may resemble what once was called Very Good, but we’re splotchy and distorted and far from a perfect representation of God’s image.
Like a statue that has weathered a thousand storms, we are made in the form of the artist’s intent, but long ago there was a falling away. There’s a lot of bird poo and insect skeletons and discoloration and the odd missing limb here and there. Yes, God made Adam and Eve in His divine image- but you and I bear the image of the fall.
There’s this little nagging detail: God gave humanity the right to fall away for a reason. To be holy must be a choice, made freely, not an indictment. And I strongly believe that inside of each one of us there is a vision of the person God desires us to be. We don’t need to be reminded of our faults. A liar knows it’s wrong to lie, those who hate derive no pleasure from it, those who eat to excess have their waistlines to remind them why it’s wrong- every sin bears its fruit, and in a very real way we are forced to consume the product of our fallen lives. Throughout the Bible one sees a very simple truth constantly reiterated: the path of Righteousness bears its own reward, and any other path bears its own punishment.
In my eyes the journey to salvation is not undertaken because one hates where one used to be and despises all that dwell there, but because where one is going is such a wonderful place. It may be a small distinction, but it’s an important one.
In any case, God may not have “created” someone to be gay- but he did create them to be human. And as maddening as this truth may be, we all have a God-given right to sin.
*small editorial note: sometimes I have to write as if I’ve made the assumption is that being gay is inarguably wrong, which I apologize for. Constant Readers know it’s a bit more complicated than that.