To the Sioux Center News:

The pot continues to be stirred in Sioux Center and Orange City over the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) issue. What needs to be understood however, is that the real point of consideration is missed quite dearly by proponents of the position, but sadly also by some who are opposed.

When considering the position of the LGBTQ community, what must be considered first of all is not only the question of loving our neighbor, but also the position to which the LGBTQ community holds, a position which is by many ignored or overlooked. It is, first of all, not about accepting or inclusion or diversity or even love. The whole matter has to do with the recognition of sin. And it is precisely this point that needs to be addressed, but sadly is not honestly considered by many as well as a few ordained ministers of God’s Word in our communities.

It is not necessary in this article to put in bold print the biblical texts that address this issue. Both sides know the texts perfectly well, except of course the hard unbeliever. When we read, study and meditate on Scripture, it is of utmost importance that we do so by recognizing the intended meaning of the author, just as we would when reading a novel. Scripture or a novel would make no sense if we were to read it and reinterpret the clear and straightforward intent of the author. Romans 1:24-27 for example must be understood in the straightforward way in which it is presented. This is what it says! But when some ministers and sympathizers of the LGBTQ community choose simply to ignore the plain presentation of the text, they really gain nothing. It says what it says, and we either choose to believe and accept it or it is ignored or reinterpreted to mean something entirely different from what the author wanted to make dear. What is clear from the book of Romans is that the LGBTQ community’s activity is dearly an abomination in God’s sight. And unless such come to repentance (as the text clearly states), they subject themselves to the wrath of God and eternal hell.

Those who want to stress this point are today described as the enemy or the haters. Those who would long to see repentance, and a return to a godly life are those who are declared to be people who show no love and are unaccepting. They are labeled as such even by those who profess to be Christians, and even by some ministers of the gospel.

Sin is an ugly word. It implies accountability for our words and our actions. Sincere Christians want to hold the LGBTQ community accountable for their deeds. This is not hate, this is truly an expression of love. Christians do not hate these people, they pray for them, they are truly concerned for their eternity. And because they love them, they would have a coffee with them and be willing to discuss this matter with them. It is precisely because the Christian understands Scripture in its plain sense that they see the wretchedness of this sin. It is in this context that we must understand the believer’s unacceptance, his refusal for inclusion or the need to be diverse. This is not an expression of hate. Because God hates this activity, we hate this activity. An honest Christian would not say that he has hate for the LGBTQ community. But he certainly does not want such an influence in our libraries, in our schools, in our homes and in our churches.

To turn the argument from sin to hate is to miss the point completely. This is in every respect a discussion about sin. It can be nothing less. To deny sin as sin, is to deny faith. It is to deny God, to make Him tolerant of sin and to make Him a God of anything but the God of Scripture. Scripture says what it says, and it says it in a clear and indisputable way. To twist God’s own words to make them say only what we want to believe is itself a terrible sin.

John van Dixhoorn,

Sioux Center