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John Piper on homosexuality, Part 2

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If you ask, what is normal, healthy sexuality—what does it mean for a boy to grow up to be a man and not a woman, and what does it mean for a girl to grow up to be a woman and not a man—if you ask this, I urge you to think it through. I have done my best to answer that question in What’s the Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined according to the Bible (Crossway, 1990).

Speak the Truth in Love

Finally, one brief word about the social issues surrounding the controversy over homosexuality: marriage, domestic partners, housing, employment, parenting, adoption, education, diversity training, multiculturalism. Each of these issues requires serious reflection. I don’t think the answers are easy. And I call you all to think and study and pray and discuss. How does a democratic, constitutionally governed society determine its values, shape its laws around those values, preserve the inalienable rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” while limiting destructive behaviors and protecting minorities from majority hostilities? These are not easy questions, and they demand our best thinking, not sound bites or shrill slogans.

I would give one guideline and a closing declaration. The guideline is this: normalizing wrong behavior and endorsing wrong behavior and dulling the “reflexive recoil” from wrong behavior is, in the end, harmful for persons and destructive to society. One example: The normalization and endorsement of homosexual behavior will profoundly weaken the fragile norm of long-term, committed heterosexual marriage and child-rearing which are essential to social survival.

My closing declaration is this: God has not called us to win elections, but to win souls and hearts and minds; he has not called us to control Congress, but to preach the gospel; he has not called us to be safe, but to tell the truth. He has not called us to avoid conflict, but to love everyone (1 Thessalonians 3:12). So speak the truth in love, entrust your cause to God, and keep the glory of God in the center of your soul, so that all the planets of your passions will be pulled into their proper orbit.

John Piper
John Piper

John is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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