Homosexuality was considered illegal behavior when I was a child. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court finally ruled to invalidate the remaining laws that made sodomy a criminal act in the case Lawrence vs.Texas. Of course, "bans" on gay behavior date back to ancient times. The Mid-Assyrian Law Codes called for castration if a man was caught engaging in homosexual behavior.
In England, the Buggery Act passed in 1533 proscribed capital punishment for gay people until being repealed in 1861. In other words, if homosexuality is a choice, historically speaking it has been an extraordinarily difficult and dangerous choice to make. During the 1950s, the great mathematician Alan Turing was chemically castrated for being gay, which led to his suicide.
However, unlike the Old Testament prohibition on the consumption of pork and shrimp cocktails, the Bible suggests that God’s feelings toward homosexual acts appeared to carry over into the New Testament.
Leviticus 18:22 states,
Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.
But the new covenant between God and man didn't change much in this specific regard, going from Old Testament to New Testament sources.
Similarly, 1 Timothy 1:10 reads:
The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching. (New Living Translation Bible)
So, what does that mean about the claims by people like Stefani Germanotta (a.k.a Lady Gaga)? Several years ago she released a song titled “Born This Way” that included this final verse:
No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way.
The question remains: is homosexuality a choice? Is it perfectly normal and natural behavior? And what about other alternate lifestyles?
Politically correct popular opinion and "conventional wisdom" has suggested that our sexual orientation doesn't involve choice. Some scientists even went so far to claim that a "gay gene" is responsible for whether or not we grow up to become homosexual. More recent evidence appears to refute that claim.
Identical twins have identical DNA, and the exact same genetics. Thus, when a New York Post article reported that identical twin sisters have different sexual orientation, it apparently resolved the debate over whether or not homosexuality is a genetic condition -- obviously, people must not be "born that way" if identical DNA produced in the identical environment results in twins that have different sexual preferences.
The argument that people are born "bi-sexual" was already on shaky ground (how could bi-sexual behavior not involve choice?), and the argument that people are born "transgender" can be easily refuted with basic biology -- XX is female, and XY is male.
I don’t have the authority to absolve or mitigate sin. I can’t contradict God and say that being gay is perfectly normal and natural, and no different than being heterosexual. Nor can I say with any amount of conviction that my own sins haven't offended God much worse than some homosexual act ever could.
God loves the sinner, and only hates the sin.
We would all be wise to remember that all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. Only a fool believes that his or her sins are somehow "better" than the sins of another, just as that person claiming that sinful behavior isn't really sin is also a fool.