Thursday, June 29, 2006
Born this way?
There are many entrances by which individuals enter into a life of homosexuality. Often, the decision is influenced by one’s social environment—a lack of understanding or acceptance that causes one to question their original design. Other times, homosexuality is simply another type of sexual perversion someone hasn’t tried yet.
Within our family—and I am referring to believer relations—there should be no dispute that a homosexual lifestyle is wrong. It exists in our era for the same reasons it existed in Biblical times—not because of a queer gene, but because of a heart tainted by sin.

Romans 1:24-26: "So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies( 25)Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.
(26)That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. (27)And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved."

How many times do you hear people telling themselves and each other that being gay is something one has to "accept," as if it is a condition outside of one’s own choosing. The fact is that adopting a gay lifestyle elicits guilt; thus, justification for the pursuance is greatly desired---Hence all of the studies conducted to find some excuse in the design of the human body. One study conducted in 1993 by molecular geneticist Dean Hamer alleged to have found a similarity or link in the q28 region of the X chromosome in homosexual males. As "exciting" as his title and finding may sound, it is beyond our research abilities to claim that a behavioral trait, as opposed to a physiological one like eye color, can be determined by a single gene. Biologically speaking, behavioral traits are influenced by a number of genes interacting together, conditions inside the womb, and postnatal viruses. Outside of biological programming, behavior takes its cues from the environment through learning processes. Thus, behavior is hardly considered genetic. According to Brian Suarez, a psychiatric researcher, "at least 8,000 people would be required for a study to confirm a behavioral trait as genetic."
Going back to Hamer’s research, a more extensive study was done to reproduce his results but concluded this: "It is unclear why our results are so discrepant from Hamer’s original study. Because our study was larger than that of Hamer et al., we certainly had adequate power to detect a genetic effect as large as was reported in that study. Nonetheless, our data do not support the presence of a gene of large effect influencing sexual orientation at position Xq28." These studies were done in the mid 90s, but nothing much has changed. These days the brilliance we rely on resorts to scrutinizing fruit flies; at least they caution the public not to use their findings as proof. Unable to present solid evidences, the American Psychological Association cowers behind the "well, it’s very complex…" speech. Politicians seem to be the only ones who can speak confidently about it.
Many members of the gay community recognize that one is not "born gay" but adapts to a certain sexual orientation. This is the stance of Kate Kendall, director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Though it’s practically a social illegality, there are many ex-gays. That’s because the lifestyle is indeed a choice. There is only one behavioral trait that a human being can be born with that would influence a decision to be gay, and that trait is sin. Moreover, every human conceived after the fall was born SIN positive, and it is a fatal disease. Like any other sin we commit, homosexuality is simply a manifestation of this disease. It is certainly not cause for hate, persecution, or rejection, which, I am ashamed to say, is not exclusive to the unbelieving world. I believe that we are to defend the structure of the family and the truth about homosexuality, but we are to love the gay community with all of the tenderness that Jesus would, pointing them to Him, their hope and cure, as He has been ours.