More than orange juice flows from the Florida sunshine tree these days when Anita Bryant is around. Politics, lobbying, protest marches: she’s involved in all of these under the name of Save Our Children, Incorporated. Bryant asked Dade County, Florida, to repeal its ordinance guaranteeing the civil rights of homosexuals (i.e., banning discrimination against them in employment and housing). Such an ordinance, she claims, threatens our children, our homes, our way of life. Homosexuality is an abomination, declares Bryant. The voters of Dade County supported her; in June they repealed the ordinance.

Just what do Christians believe about homosexuality? What does the Bible say about it? Do we have answers for those who argue that Scripture speaks quietly about a gay life-style? Can it be argued that Paul condemns promiscuity, not homosexuality per se? After all, we are told, Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.

The Bible is frank about sexuality. We find no euphemisms or vague sentimentality there. In Genesis we learn that the human body is one of God’s good creations. Specifically, God shaped male (Hebrew, zakar) and female (Hebrew, neqevah). We find no mention of a third or fourth type of human sexual being. God created a biological difference out of which the other contours and polarities of maleness and femaleness emerge. He deliberately created male and female. This sexual difference is not an arbitrary or culturally conditioned convention, as some gay liberationists claim.

The fall affected every aspect of human life, including the sexual. Marriage is continually threatened by adultery (Gen. 12:17; 26:10), by incest (Gen. 19:36), by rape (Gen. 34:2), and by prostitution (Gen. 38:15 f.). The story of Sodom and Gomorrah vividly ...

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