So the question has been posed: why is homosexuality the issue du jour for Christians in the USA? Especially with all of the adultery going on in the states? How come homosexuality gets the most attention as an issue of sin in the culture?
Well, I’ll tell you exactly why. No, it is not that Christians are bigoted homophobes (do we even know what those words mean anymore?). Actually, its much simpler. Let me tell you a story.
When I was a very young boy, I felt like I was picked on by my parents. See, it seemed like I was the one who got in trouble all of the time, while my little brother was rarely scolded by comparison.
“Why am I always in trouble?” I asked my dad one day. “You never get onto my brother – or hardly ever anyway. Why am I in hot water all the time but not him? It’s not fair!”
So, my dad told me a (somewhat colorful) parable.
Imagine there were two dogs. Same litter, same size, both strays. The first dog leaves droppings in dark alleys. The second leaves droppings on the dogcatcher’s curb. Which dog is going to get in more trouble with the dogcatcher? The second, because he is not only leaving droppings all over the place, but because he’s doing it in plain sight – almost deliberately so – where the dogcatcher cannot help but notice and take action.
The moral of the story for me was that, while my brother was every bit the sinner I was, I happened to be more defiant and in-your-face about it. Therefore the dogcatcher – my parents – could not possibly fail to see and correct my trespasses, as opposed to my brother, who tended to be more discreet.
In the same way, over the past 40 years since the Stonewall riots, homosexual activists have become emboldened and have carried their brand of immorality into the spotlight of the culture. Whereas adulterers continue to slink in the shadows, afraid of being discovered and exposed, homosexuals are now literally parading in the streets. (or haven’t you heard of the “Gay Pride” events around the country?)
My friends, homosexuality is the issue with the most coverage by Christians right now precisely because many of those who practice it have become so defiant and in-your-face about it. Their “little brothers” who practice adultery or any manner of other vice are doing it discreetly and in the shadows. The fact that homosexuality is the “big issue” before us is not because adultery is any less sinful – rather, it is for the same reason the dogcatcher goes after the dog leaving droppings on his porch with more urgency than the one doing his business in the dark alley.