Womb Theology routinely surfaces in statements about homosexuality like the one I shared yesterday. This theology presumes that every in-born trait reflects the omnipotent hand of God. We rely upon this construct to prove that people cannot be born gay – because God would never do that.
Today, I highlight the dangers of relying too heavily on this belief.
DANGER #1: It turns God into a monster. If He knits every aspect of our being together, then He is the one who intentionally creates deformed babies and intends for many to be born into poverty.
DANGER #2: It twists the Gospel into a health-and-wealth teaching. Jesus clearly said we will suffer in this world. Instead of delivering us from it, he offered two assurances. For this life, a comfort: Take heart! I have overcome the world. For eternal life, a promise: there will be no more pain. Until then, we will suffer. We criticize health-and-wealth teachings, but so readily accept our own versions of it. Friends, the womb is to be protected but it is not free from suffering and brokenness.
DANGER #3: It tempts others to dismiss all of our teachings. Scientists across the belief spectrum widely suggest that homosexual orientation is an
interplay between nature and nurture. By conditioning the legitimacy of our moral beliefs on winning the binary claim that no one can ever be born gay, science discredits us and it becomes easy for many to discredit our core teachings.
DANGER #4: It tears at the fabric of our own beliefs. I increasingly encounter pro-gay evangelicals who see gay rights as a justice issue. They only see hypocrisy when we speak about the sanctity of marriage and criticize gay marriage as evil and unsustainable. Remember: this is the generation that grew up in a church whose divorce rate has rivaled the divorce rate in secular culture.
I find it more honest to simply state our belief as it is: we cannot find support for gay relationships in the bible. Our belief is based upon scripture, not a binary debate as to whether one is born gay or not. Jude teaches that everyone is born with many natural instincts, but not all desires are godly.
I understand those who hunger for a biblical path to gay marriage. I sympathize with those who are deeply hurt by conservative beliefs. I can even see why some consider that holding to such a belief is hateful. Yet for nearly 50% of Americans, a conservative belief is very real and deeply held.
We cannot solve all the frustrations around this belief gap. We can, however, follow Jesus in a manner that honors our convictions and genuinely extends Christ’s love to LGBT+ friends and family.
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