The “God is love” movement has turned Christendom from truth to feelings, sentimental connection, and endless philosophical speculation. Divinely revealed reality has been replaced with a passive gentleness that is fully accepting of all people and all things just for sake of avoiding the ugly feelings of rejection. Compassion has become equated with comfort and acceptance.
Part of this acceptance is sexuality in all forms. While the traditional expectations of chastity before marriage between one man and one woman in a lifelong union are given a nod of respect, the emergence of non-traditional sexuality enshrined and embraced in a new community of sexual openness is the new litmus test for the Church. To reject the “gay” community, which includes all forms of sexuality from homo- to bi-sexuality and allows for casual sexuality without any expectation of fidelity, is to be a church called “judgmental” and “fundamentalist.” To prove God is love, the Church is called to accept the “gay” community, providing a place where there is never criticism of non-traditional sexuality. The comfort of acceptance free from the judgment of rejection is the goal.
At the same time, the “God is love” movement is also heralding the ongoing call for “compassion” for the poor and disenfranchised, especially racial minorities, women and gays. Compassion is acceptance for those who feel rejected. The idea of compassion for the less fortunate is indeed a noble goal and enshrined in the heart of Christianity. Those who are in the traditional camps who feel rejected and disenfranchised by the new movement are, however, quietly ignored.
Historically, Christianity offered a view that puts acceptance of sexual license at odds with compassion and in fact views sexual license as the forerunner of social cruelty.
One of the more profound accounts in biblical history is that of Sodom and Gomorrah. It records a community in such a state of sexual depravity that the men of the city sought to have sex with the men who were staying with Lot. And Lot himself offers his daughters to the crowd as virgin sacrifices and is later date-raped by his own daughters (cf. Genesis 19). The level of sexual anarchy was such that God destroyed the city. Until recently, the word “sodomy” was used to describe homosexual sex between two men or any kind of sexuality that included the violation of the anus, the very mark of complete sexual depravity.
Some have argued, in defense of the open sexuality, that Sodom was not destroyed because of its sexual proclivities, but because it did not care for the poor. As proof, they quote Ezekiel 16:49:
Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
However, the apostle Paul saw a connection between sexual license and cruelty. In the first chapter of Romans, in the second half, he lays a blanket accusation against man from God. In this declaration of universal guilt, he marks as a sign of man’s descent into depravity three major points.
First, man rejects acknowledging God, including his accountability to and dependence on Him:
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened (Romans 1:21).
Second, having turned away from God, the immediate result is sexual anarchy:
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves (Romans 1:24).
Finally, without God and in a state of sexual anarchy, they become cruel and malicious:
They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless (Romans 1:29-31).
Sexual license is the surest sign of man rejecting God and a guarantee of a cruel society. The Church being obsessed with sex is important because no society can rightly claim to be just and compassionate while holding a state of sexual anarchy. For a man to claim to be a compassionate Christian and yet live a life of sexual license is to live a lie. Chastity and charity go hand in hand.
True compassion in and from the Church will only be achieved when marriage is again upheld as a binding institution and all other forms of sexuality are soundly and thoroughly rejected. This includes divorce, casual sex, and the pernicious lie that is called the “gay lifestyle.” Men must reject sexual hedonism and the feminist exaltation of women and return to God, dedicating themselves to Christ, Tradition, and Scripture. Then they will have a foundation from which to embrace a wife and children and the world in the compassion of truth and service.
If men cannot govern and care for themselves in terms of sex, then there is no reason to expect them to care for others in everyday life.