I watched a video recently of Ellen DeGeneres commenting on a story of a homosexual who committed suicide. It is always tragic news to hear of someone taking their own life, but especially because they felt pressured and felt they had no other alternatives. Bullying is not condoned in God’s word, and Christians or anyone else who does so is in the wrong.
There is, however, a difference between bullying and standing up for what is good and right. Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres often speak of messages of “hatred” and “intolerance”. Such messages often come from me and others like me who speak out against homosexuality, drunkenness, fornication, and other sins because God speaks out against them in His word. He tells us to provoke one another unto love and good works. That is not the same as bullying.
God tells us to confess our sins and turn from our wicked ways (II Chronicles 7:14; I John 1:9; James 5:16), yet we live in a time when there are those who call good evil and evil good. To rid ourselves of some of the problems we have today, the first step is confessing that homosexuality is wrong (Leviticus 18:22). The next step is turning from it to serve the living God (Mark 6:12).
The Lord Jesus Christ does love us despite our sins. But we are to turn from that sin. The Apostle Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2)
If one of God’s children becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs, we recognize that they are caught up in sin. People reach out to them and try to help them turn from that (Hebrews 3:13). We do the same for other sins. So why should homosexuality be any different? We have let evil forces in this world convince us that people are born that way and should remain that way.
Let’s use an analogy to learn a lesson. There are people who are diagnosed as alcoholics. Some got themselves into that situation, and some are born with problems because poor choices on the part of their parents. How do they deal with such a problem? They learn to stay away from alcohol, and they are encouraged to do so by those who love them. They choose a good path to avoid falling into the pit of sin. Why should homosexuality be any different?
Supposedly we should look over this type of sin, excuse it, and say it’s okay (even though we don’t do that for other sins). The world tells us that homosexuality is normal and okay; bible readers know differently. Bible readers also know we are to love them and do good to all men. But while we know that homosexuals have forgiveness through Christ just as any other sinner has that forgiveness, we can love the sinner and hate the sin (I Timothy 5:20).
It is tragic that someone takes their own life because of the pressures of this world. At the same time, we need to remember that people take their own lives for many other reasons. The spotlight is on this particular situation right now because Ellen has put it there, partly to accomplish her agenda but also I’m sure because she does care. But I doubt seriously that the number of suicides because of bullying of homosexuals are any greater than because of any other reason. We may hear about them more because we have a society full of liberal celebrities and lamestream media who have an agenda to put forth. But what about those other suicides? Why are they any less tragic? If a young girl commits suicide because she was called “fatty”, why should that situation get any less media attention than a homosexual who was teased?
I am not trying to minimize the importance of the loss of any life. What I’m doing is trying to make sure we don’t let our emotions about such a situation cloud our judgment about what is good and what is evil. Homosexuality is evil and an abomination in the sight of God (Leviticus 20:13). It should be treated as such. Those who feel they may have such a problem should be the recipients of a godly ministry with the word of God as the foundation (II Timothy 3:16-17). Bullies should be disciplined according to the situation at hand. Following God’s path will keep us on the right track. Following Hell-ywood’s path leads us down a dark way. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)