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Powerful and popular people continue a campaign to persuade the American public that sin is no longer sin but rather a choice, or in the matter of sexual behavior, a "preference" or an "orientation." Rosie O'Donnell recently acknowledged to Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime Live" that she is gay. After years of speculation that the jovial talk-show host and actress was a lesbian, she stated that she was compelled to speak about her own experience in response to the story of a gay couple (men) in Florida who are suing the state in an effort to overturn a ban on same-sex adoptions. O'Donnell herself is the adoptive mother of three children (ages 6, 4, 2) but has, according to media reports, been in a "committed relationship" for four years with another woman. Reacting to a statement by President Bush that children should only be adopted into the homes of married straight couples, Rosie told Sawyer: "President Bush is wrong about that. If he'd like, he and his wife are invited to come spend a weekend at my house with my children. I'm sure his mind would change."

Interesting that Rosie would say President Bush is "wrong."  Homosexuals don't like the word "wrong" when used in context of the morality of their sexual behavior and actions, and often want to label as "homophobic" anyone who opposes their lifestyle as being "wrong." But homosexual behavior is wrong. In fact, the Bible would use even stronger words to describe the sexual acts that go on between members of the same sex. Leviticus 18:22 calls it an "abomination" (nkjv) or "detestable" (niv). Long ago the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were "out" with their sexual orientation and Moses wrote by inspiration that "the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord" and that "their sin is very grievous" (Genesis 13:13, 18:20). Fourteen centuries after Moses called homosexual behavior "exceedingly wicked and sinful and very grievous," the apostle Paul said it was "unclean, dishonorable, vile, against nature, shameful, erroneous, and not fitting" (Romans  1:24-28). -Now get this. The question is not are homosexuals educated, intelligent, hard-working, successful, or loving? And the question is not does Jesus  love homosexuals (He does, whether the church does or not).  The question is, is what they do wrong or right? Rosie  says President Bush is wrong. Is God  wrong,  too'? Rosie may be rich, funny, popular, persuasive, out loud, proud, and a parent--but she is wrong about the rightness of homosexual behavior. God grant us the courage to oppose every  sin and the grace  to love every sinner.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ