In our Steamboat Today of Nov. 24, David Brooks of the New York Times News Service, writes, "We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage." The writer is in error, as he expresses his opinion. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. The gay sodomite union is wrong. The Bible speaks against it and calls it sin.
According to God's Word, homosexuality, or sodomy, is a serious sin. In the Old Testament, God says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22. He further condemns it in chapter 20, verse 13. "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death."
God repeats His warnings in the New Testament in Romans 1:26,27. "For this cause God gave them up to vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly."
The sodomite must admit that he is what God says he is -- a sinner -- and realize that God hates his sin and must punish it. Then he must believe that Jesus Christ paid for his sins on the cross of Calvary, be willing to turn from his sins, and receive Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. After having taken Christ as Lord and Savior, the homosexual will have experienced the joy of sins forgiven, a new life in Christ, and will quit his gay lifestyle.
God offers salvation not only to sodomites, but to all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12
Brooks quotes from the Bible, the book of Ruth, chapter l, verses 16 and 17, in an effort to justify gay marriage. He does not give credit to the fact that the Bible is his source, nor does he give chapter and verses.
This is sloppy journalism at the least. This is a beautiful scripture passage, but it has nothing, whatsoever, to do with gay marriage. Ruth turns her back on her false gods of Moab, and goes with Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Bethlehem, and embraces worship of the one true God.
Also, consider the original source of David Brooks' commentary, the New York Times. The Times printed the lies and untruths of its reporter, Jayson Blair, again and again. The top leadership of the Times allowed this to go on over a long period of time and did nothing about it. Yes, today Jayson Blair is gone from the newspaper. In May 2003, the Times printed a 7,200-word statement trying to explain its long period of inaction in regard to the lies of Jayson Blair. (Aren't you glad that this letter is not 7,200 words long?) The paper said that this was a "low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper."
A good motto for the New York Times would be, "All the untruths and lies that are unfit to print." The Times has been discredited by many, because of the slow action of its own top management.
Dr. Aurthur Houk