Orthodox Christians are in agreement that homosexual behavior is wrong and homosexual attraction is a tragic result of the fall. But if we had to articulate clearly why it was wrong in conversation with a homosexual, what might that look like? I want to thank J.D. Greear, Voddie Baucham and Russell Moore for weighing in clearly on this issue in a recent roundtable discussion. (I was annoyed by some other things Moore said in reaction to DOMA, but he brought his good side to this discussion and contributed thoughtful ideas.) All three had pertinent things to say, but I think my favorite is Baucham. Baucham is one of the sanest, sharpest, most clear-eyed pastors in The Gospel Coalition, and he’s great at getting right to the heart of the matter.
Finally, all three rightly pointed out that not only does homosexuality in fact harm many people, including the homosexuals themselves, but “hurting someone else” isn’t the only benchmark of sin. A man could cheat on his wife and keep it a secret from her, but clearly he is still committing adultery. Homosexuality is a crime against the natural order in and of itself, and that alone is enough to make it a sin.
Those are just a few things I really liked, but the whole conversation is well worth watching.