3/15 Leviticus 18:22

22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

The LORD prohibited certain sexual relations. A man was not to have sexual relations with a near relative, or with men, or with animals. Just as food prohibitions were given for the health of the nation, so these sexual prohibitions were for the sake of health. That which is contrary to God's design brings negative consequences.

A pregnancy from a closely-related couple is likely to compound genetic defects. Some of our sexually-transmitted diseases came from men having sex with animals. Syphilis originated in sheep.

Homosexuality has consequences as well. Studies have shown there is an increased risk of several types of cancer, physical damage to the body, and increased psychological problems. We don't hear about these problems because it is becoming increasingly unpopular to take a biblical stand on any sexual issue. Those who do so are labeled bigots. When we see the consequences, we see God's heart in prohibiting these actions. That should be our heart as well, concern for the individual's well-being. We hate the sin but love the sinner. The reason we hate the sin is because it harms the sinner.

It is hypocritical of believers to rail against homosexuality, but to ignore a much more common sexual sin, adultery. It has consequences as well. It is equally forbidden. If we find ourselves ranting against a particular sin, we should ask ourselves if our reason is the same as God's condemnation of that sin, which is concern for the person.

Admonition: The Apostle Paul tells us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Let us make sure that when we speak against any sin in our society we do so with the heart of God.