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by Edward Mrkvicka 
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As a fundamentalist lay minister and Christian author, I am often asked about gay and lesbian issues. The most prominent question being, “Does God love homosexuals?” The answer is a resounding yes.

First and foremost is the fact that God is love. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8 NKJV) As there are no biblical qualifiers to God’s love, it must follow that it is extended to all of His creations. That is to say, He gives us all the same rights and privileges. Most important, He gives us free will to do as we please.

In the same vein, He judges us fairly. One person or group is not favored above another.

Yes, some aspects of life may not seem fair from our earthly perspective, but it is as it must be or life would not be worth living. Preordained lives would deny us free will. And that would withdraw our ability to accept or reject Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Each of us comes to God via a different path. Some paths are more difficult than others, but no matter the circumstance(s), we, in acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus, become worthy of eternity in the Holy City. That opportunity is given to heterosexuals and homosexuals alike.

Put in other words, life isn’t fair, but God is.

Let’s start at the spiritual bottom-line. God doesn’t send anyone to hell. We, and we alone, determine our spiritual eternity. We must read the Bible regarding salvation with that understanding. Blame-shifting may make us feel better about our choices, but it is a useless exercise that changes nothing. Heaven or hell - it is our choice.

What our loving Heavenly Father does is warn us, much like an earthly father warns his children not to play in the street, that certain behaviors have serious and sometimes everlasting consequences. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The gay lobby claims that homosexuals are born, not made. I for one am more than willing to concede their claim, as I don’t believe that any person would willingly choose a dangerous lifestyle unless compelled to do so. For example, the majority (70%) of American AIDS cases are homosexual in nature despite the fact that gays make up less than 10 percent of the population. And the average life span for a gay male is almost twenty years less than a heterosexual male. Out of love, God wants to protect His children from such harm.

But in making the concession that homosexuals are born homosexual, it must be noted that science has found that many choices in life have at their genesis a gene that predisposes a person to act as they do.

But no matter their origin, reality does not absolve persons with predispositions from being held accountable, as ultimately we have the choice of rejecting or submitting to our personal weaknesses, whatever they may be. God expects us to rise above our baser instincts, even if predisposed. So the issue is not our sexual orientation, by birth or choice, but whether or not we give into heterosexual or homosexual practices unacceptable to the Lord.

Gays often put forth the argument that God’s commandments are unfair. That’s not true. Yes, He does not accept homosexuality. But He also will not accept heterosexual fornication or adultery. Lastly, God commands that neither straight or gay people practice sodomy.

As a lay counselor, I tell you the truth when I state that there is a staggering but silent number of straight Christian people in their thirties, forties, and above who have never had sex because they are unmarried. And there is an even larger number who, after being divorced (if their spouse is still living), go the rest of their lives without sex, as they believe doing so would be committing adultery. You may not agree with their beliefs, but their obedience proves we need not be defined and/or controlled by our sexual wants and needs.

Heterosexual and homosexual people alike have the choice to do as God asks - or not.

But if either have made a choice they wish to repent of, God will lovingly accept them. "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7) These words of Christ, because the Bible does not contradict the conclusion, apply to homosexuals and heterosexuals alike.

Most of all, I know God loves homosexuals because He allowed His Son to be treated as all of us should be treated so we could be treated like His Son. There can be no greater love.

Ed Mrkvicka is an award winning Christian author, lay minister, lifelong Bible student, and retired bank president. His religious writings have been awarded Best Christian Book of the Year (2007) (2010), Best Christian Study of the Year (2008), named a National Best Book Awards finalist, and a winner in The Christian Choice Book Awards, as well as being awarded the prestigious Faith Writer's Seal of Approval.

His work to save marriages and help children has earned him a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition "in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community."

His newest book, “The Prayer Promise of Christ,” has just been named Christian Book of the Year by Books & Authors.net.

His web site is located at: www.EdwardFMrkvickaJr.com

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