Recently, a young woman who grew up in the church where I serve as a pastor declared she is “pan-sexual.” This particular badge of sexual self-identity was new to me, but because the moral ethos in the Olympia-Tacoma-Seattle corridor of Washington State is slightly left of Stalin, it wasn’t too surprising. For some time, I’ve been planning to address homosexual and transgender issues in two or three sermons. This “pan-sexual” declaration has accelerated my plans.
When I prepare topical sermons, I’m fond of structuring them around a series of propositions (“** things you need to know about the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, homosexuality ,” etc.). So, to that end, here are eight foundational things I believe evangelical Christians need to know about LGBTQ issue. This is not an academic article, and each point here could be expanded greatly. Instead, this is essentially a very rough draft of a sermon I’ll deliver later this Summer.
1. We’re all broken sexually
In a generic sense, every one of us is born as a criminal in God’s universe (Eph 2:1-3). We’re broken, and Jesus is the only One who can put us back together. This brokenness shows up in every area of our lives. It especially shows up in our sexual appetites and relationships. We’re broken sexually, just like we’re broken everywhere else.
So, we need to acknowledge that we’re sexually broken people. This brokenness isn’t what God wants and isn’t what God intends. When God brings someone into His family, He gradually reforms his sexual impulses and every other area of his life.