Recently two boys from Ashland published a YouTube video of themselves wherein they called their father to tell him that they had become homosexuals. The video has reportedly gone viral, reaching over 3 million views in just a matter of hours. The father of the boys is said to have affirmed them in their decision and expressed his acceptance of their perversion.
In light of this, it is incumbent that the truth of God's law for sexuality be advanced and the vileness of the video be exposed for what it is. The video is certainly distressing on at least three different levels.
The first has to do with the boys' open embrace of the sin of homosexuality. It should be recognized that these kids have committed a terrible sin by rebelling against God's created order and expressed law for sexuality. Not only that, but they have compounded their sin by publishing the video to exalt their perversion. In all reality, they become an advertisement for the further promotion homosexuality.
The Bible is clear in its declaration that homosexuality is a perversion of God's original design for sexual relationships. God created one man for one woman and gave them the covenant of marriage by which they could enjoy the pleasures of sex. As a testimony to this God's word declares that that inflamed lust for the same sex is "unnatural." It also expresses the deep vileness of the sin by labeling it an "abomination."
But the scandal of the video is not limited to the action of these boys. It is also demonstrated in the degeneracy of the father. The father failed his duty before God as an authority figure by affirming his children in their sin. Instead of lovingly correcting them and calling them to repentance with calm sobriety, he allowed them to become further ensconced in their sin.
Admittedly, a solid, loving response would have been difficult given the nature of the situation and the surprise of the news. Yet, a caring father could easily proven himself honorable by given godly counsel to his boys.
As a father he should have politely inquired as to the reasons that have led to this decision. He should have counseled them on how God views this decision and lovingly instructed them on the peculiar heinousness of homosexuality. He should have reminded them that God provides grace to sinners to forgive them and enable them to fight against temptation if they would only turn to Him.
At the very least, with a heavy heart he could have tenderly voiced his disapproval and encouraged them to seek what is right.
Unfortunately, he did not do any of this. As a result, he proved to be a faulty father and added to grief of the situation.
Yet the boys and their father are not the only causes of distress in this episode. Throngs are gushing over the video and many are congratulating the boys for having gone public with this announcement. This too is cause for sorrow because it reveals the extent of the moral decline of our culture.
Instead of being embarrassed that such a thing has been done, the vast multitudes are celebrating it and making it a cause for rejoicing.
This should make us greatly concerned because God says that he hands us over to our sin. When we rebel He threatens to remove his restraining grace and allows us to plunge further into the pits of darkness.
All of the above is to say that we are not products of random occurrences in evolutionary development. Humans are not meaningless blobs which are permitted to bump into whomever we wish whenever we'd like.
We have been created in God's image and are accountable to Him for our actions. Our sexuality is governed by God and we are to do everything in our power to promote Biblical chastity.
It is my hope that these two boys come to realize the depth of their sin and turn to Christ. I hope that they may understand the depth of the the mercies of God are and seek to correct the incredibly serious mistake they have made.
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