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The New Normal - Not New, Not Normal

A man named David Frost said something about TV that seems more fitting as time goes on.. He said, "Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your house." A new program that lends legitimacy to that statement is NBC's sitcom "The New Normal" which premiered in early September, 2012. The show depicts a happy Los Angeles gay couple's quest to have a child. It is here the show finds itself inaptly named because in order to get a baby the two "new normal" men have to turn to a truly old and normal process, the one that has existed since creation and arrival of mankind on the earth — they have to involve a woman in order to have the baby for them (as a surrogate, itself a rather abnormal approach to the birthing process). The surrogate is a single mother and waitress from Ohio who has moved to Los Angeles with her nine-year-old daughter. She is followed to L. A. by her grandmother who happens to believe in the old normal. The show sets up a sharp contrast. The gay couple is portrayed as loving and kind while Grandma is depicted as close-minded and bigoted as she seeks to cause havoc for her granddaughter and the hopeful couple. The website for the "The New Normal" proclaims, "These days, families come in all forms — single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors . . . It's 2012 and anything goes."

The beat goes on, but those who read the Bible know that the lifestyle touted on "The New Normal" is not all that new and it definitely is not normal. The Bible referred to homosexual relationships thousands of years ago — not as"same-sex" relationships but as "strange-sex" relationships. Jude 7, in referring to the sobering incident of divine judgement recorded in Genesis 19, spells it out in these words: "Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Homosexuality and "same-sex" relationships are not new — they are old. They came to be viewed as normal in ancient Sodom and Gemorrah, but God didn't see it that way, and He judged them for it. Homosexuality was viewed as normal by some in the first century, but an inspired man in Romans chapter one referred to it as "against nature" (verse 26-27). That means that same-sex relationships don't follow the order of God's creation. God sovereignly designed and created male and female, including the sexual organs and their functions, and ordained that the two sexes (complimentary but very different from each other) be joined together and become one in marriage. That is "natural" and "normal" and has been since God set that order in motion (see Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). The context of Jude 7 makes clear Jude's readers were under extreme pressure to accept sexual immorality, perhaps even "same-sex" relationships, as normal. But like all other Bible writers, Jude admonishes them not to accept that which God Himself finds unacceptable. Churches, courts, congresses, politicians, and TV producers may approve of same-sex marriages. And they may call it the "new normal." But it isn't new. And it will never be normal according to the Bible. Will you think about it?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ