Over the weekend, my wife slipped away with her mom, and for one of the meals they chose to eat at ‘Joe’s Crab Shack.’ She raved about the shrimp, claiming it was the best she ever had. To be honest, I suffered a bit of jealousy. I’m a fried shrimp fan as well.
I found it interesting that her dining experience coincided with a friend who chose to use the topic of shrimp to legitimize and normalize the homosexual lifestyle.
It appears everyone determined to declassify homosexuality as a sin, rally around the same arguments. One of those employed is if homosexuality is a sin, then so is eating shrimp. That argument fails miserably in stripping the gay lifestyle of its sin classification.
Here’s why the “shrimp argument” falls short of being a valid point. A Christian should never solely rely on the Old Testament Law to address modern issues. Jesus fulfilled the Law, ending its requirements. If a Christian cites the Old Testament as his only source in addressing homosexuality, then he must declare wearing clothing of mixed materials and tattoos is sinful as well. Christians are not bound by the Old Testament Law but are subject to the Law of Christ. So then, what was the purpose of steering clear of shrimp or polyester fabrics? God forbade the consumption of shrimp and polyester to distinguish the Israelites’ diet and attire from that of the surrounding pagan nations. Should shrimp still be avoided? No. Jesus said in Mark 7:28-19,
“Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from the outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”
So, if Christ fulfilled the Law, how then do some Christians insist on labeling homosexuality sinful?
It’s simple really?
The New Testament clearly states that homosexuality is both immoral and unnatural. Consider the following texts:
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men committing with men what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27
“Do you no know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites….” I Corinthians 6:9
Am I insinuating God hates homosexuals? Absolutely not! God provides a list of things He hates and homosexuality fails to make the list. Proverbs 6:16-19 shares,
“These six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among the brethren.”
For those who claim God hates homosexuals (Westboro Baptist “Church”), that’s a lie. Homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin. However, to teach that being gay is merely an alternative lifestyle slaps a holy God in the face. Jesus Himself addressed the issue of gay marriage in a roundabout manner. In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus said the following:
“…Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?'”
Notice, Jesus did not hint that marriage between same sex couples was God’s intention as well. Nor did He assert that God’s opinion would evolve in the 21st century.
Sadly, we live in a culture where people are more apt to adopt the mores of sitcom ‘Modern Family’ than the morals of the Bible.
Oh, and don’t worry. Eat all the shrimp you want. My wife suggests the fare at ‘Joe’s Crab Shack.’