This Past Week in Apologetics – The Week of June 5, 2022
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, California Representative Ted Lieu gave a one-minute speech in the House intended to criticize recent bills supported by the Republicans that he considered to be against people aligning themselves with LGBTQ. He noted two Washington Post headlines, and then said, “I just thought I would recite for you what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality.” He then stood silently for more than twenty seconds, the implication being that Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality.
It is true that Jesus never mentions any form of the word “homosexual” to address that topic. But that is not to say that He never said anything about it. In Matthew 19, Jesus addresses a question regarding divorce, and in His response He quotes from Genesis, expressing that God created humans as “male and female,” and that God designed sex to be a man and his wife coming together. So in this one answer, Jesus addresses premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, and bestiality, as all of those defies the design of the Creator.
But there is another reason why Representative Lieu’s statement is incorrect – it denies the Trinity. In John chapter 14, Jesus talks about His relationship with the Father: “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father,” “I am in the Father and the Father is in me,” “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does His works.” God the Son and God the Father, and God the Spirit, do not contradict. So if God the Father condemns homosexuality as He does in Leviticus 18:22, it is exactly as if God the Son said it. And if God the Spirit directs Paul to condemn homosexuality as He does in Romans 1:26-27, it is exactly as if God the Son said it. To say that Jesus said nothing about it is to deny His place in the Trinity, it is to deny His deity.
If Congressman Lieu really wants to recite all that Jesus has to say about homosexuality, he’s going to need more than just a minute.