Saturday

Gays in the Military / Sodom and Gomrrah

I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Longstreet on the whole homosexuals in the military issue, with the Sodom and Gomorrah analogy and offer a different perspective to the readers of The Silent Majority. I do this because I believe the Bible says something quite different.

I must preference by saying I am in no way advocating a relaxing of standards, and I disagree with everything Obama has done in his year in office, but I have no problems with letting homosexuals in the military.

I’m not gay and have no attraction to men, other than to enjoy watching them perform athletic feats I am unable to do, like dunk basketballs, hit home runs, score goals, etc. But I just don’t get this whole no-gays-in-the-military thing or the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It makes no logical sense. Who really cares? What, are we going to get cooties? Since someone likes the same sex are they incapable of wanting to serve their country? Since they are attracted to men are they, in the middle of battle or a during a dangerous life-threatening situation, going to suddenly forget their duties and start kissing the other men in their platoon, forget their mission, dress up like the Village People and start singing “Dancing Queen”? Please.

Mr. Longstreet says he liked the confidence that the people in his unit “were who they said they were”. Well, allow homosexuals to say that they are, in fact, homosexual. Problem solved. I don’t go around proclaiming to everyone my heterosexuality. Does this mean I’m fake or got something to hide?

Mr. Longstreet says that letting in homosexuals will cause a disruption in the military. Yup, people who are disruptive and can’t follow orders should not be allowed in the military. It doesn’t matter if they are gay or not. The disruption is the problem - who they choose to share their bedroom with is not. Throw the disruptive people out, whether they are gay, straight, white, black or from the moon. We need a military that focuses on winning wars, protecting America and killing the enemy. If someone can do that job, what difference does it make who they are attracted to?

Mr. Longstreet mentions former military officers who say homosexuals are not disciplined enough, not self controlled enough, and unable to focus on the mission. How, exactly, does someone’s sexual orientation influence their self control? Or their discipline? I’m sure there are some heterosexuals who are undisciplined, unable to focus on the task at hand and reject discipline. But why attribute that to their sexual preference? I was unaware that sexual preference was directly related to these character traits. There are many homosexuals with graduate degrees and high-stress jobs. They are like everyone else - some are irresponsible; some are not. Some are intelligent; some are not. Some are qualified for military service and will defend the country with honor; some will not. Military service is not for everyone. If someone is incapable of exercising self control and has no discipline, they should not be in the military; that is the criterion.

Using the Bible and referring to Sodom and Gomorrah in the article are, I believe, inconsistent with the real Christian message. First, Bible verses do say that homosexuality is a sin; however, the Bible mentions many things as sin. Should we kick out everyone that “sins” from the military? The Bible also says we should not have sex until marriage - should we kick all heterosexual, single, non-virgins as well? That would clearly be impractical and no one is arguing for that, are they?

The phrase “If God does not destroy America, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah” is quite different from the Bible I have read. I find this phrase quite offensive - I remember reading Moses was a murderer, King David an adulterer, Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the new testament, a killer of early Christians. I could go on but the point is simply this: in Hebrews 11, the author makes it quite clear that it was by faith that Abel, Noah, Abraham, Enoch and many others were made right with Christ. In Romans 4:5 & 11 Paul says people are declared righteous, “because of their faith”, not because of anything they could do. In Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19 Jesus says only God is good. In Galatians 4:10, Paul asks the Galatians, “Are you trying to obtain favor by observing certain days, or months or seasons or years?”. I am not arguing for the acceptance of homosexuality as a viable lifestyle to be condoned by the church, simply saying that it shouldn’t exclude someone from the U.S. military.

There is really nothing anyone can do to be considered a “good person” in the eyes of God. You can believe in His son, Jesus, and have your sin forgiven; however, that doesn’t make anyone less of a sinner. God isn’t looking at Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Manson as worse sinners than me. I still need Christ, according to the Bible, to die and then accept Him as God, or I would be subject to the same separation from God and punishment in Hell as everyone else.

Finally, the Sodom and Gomorrah phrase bothers me because it seems to attribute material wealth, prosperity and safety to God, as if he is sitting in heaven blessing people with these things when they are “good” and taking them away when they are “bad”. It implies, “America better knock it off with the immoral activity or she will loose favor with God”, as though God is just waiting with his giant cosmic hammer to strike some down when we get out of line.

The problem is two fold. According to the Bible (Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalm 24:1,1Corinthians 10:26) the Earth and everything in it already belongs to God. So does God care who has accumulated wealth and who hasn’t? According to the Bible it’s all His anyway. Second, America’s material wealth and prosperity is because of capitalism, freedom and hard work. It’s not a blessing because we were “moral” or “good boys and girls”. People work harder when they work for themselves. Free markets produce the greatest amounts of wealth for the greatest number of people. The free market allows choice and competition to drive the costs down for the consumer. It’s not perfect but it’s much better than anything else out there.

From Genesis all the way to Jesus in the Gospels and in the New Testament, the Bible points out the problem with humanity is a broken relationship with God that is fixed by a belief in Jesus who died for the sin of the word. God is concerned with having a relationship with the beings he created and has made that possible through His son. I highly doubt God is concerned with gays in the U.S. military. We shouldn’t be either.

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