Howard Dean says it was his Christian faith that led him to decide to support homosexual unions as governor of Vermont.
“The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it,” Dean said in an interview Wednesday. “From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people.”
Dean said he does not often turn to his faith when making policy decisions but cited the civil union bill as a time he did. “My view of Christianity . . . is that the hallmark of being a Christian is to reach out to people who have been left behind,” he told reporters Tuesday. “So I think there was a religious aspect to my decision to support civil unions.”
Dean is as wrong on this as Bush was to declare that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
First of all, there is no scientific evidence to conclusively show a genetic component to homosexuality.
Second, the Bible is very clear on the topic of homosexuality. (And yes, Jesus did address the issue; “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” [Matthew 19:4-5, NIV]).
Too many nominal Christians profess Howard Dean’s brand of mushy Christianity, justifying immoral and destructive behavior by claiming that His example of forgiveness applies to the behavior they want to rationalize. Yes, Jesus did teach that we’re to forgive others “seventy times seven” times, but the theme of His ministry was, first and foremost, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near!”
Jesus said He came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. In other words, Old Testament definitions of sin still apply, we just don’t have to redeem ourselves by sacrificing an unblemished lamb, goat or bull. The sacrifice was taken care of for us by Jesus on the cross. Our only responsibility now is to believe and follow. And as Jesus said, those who truly love Him will follow His commands–not reinterpret them to suit their desires.