The following was written to provide a Christian response to the endorsement of homosexuality in a particular company.
As this is a growing problem in the American workplace, this is offered to fellow believers as one example of how a Christian might practically stand against pride. It is also offered to the skeptic as a defense of why biblical Christians do not endorse the sexual ambiguity of our day.
All company names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.
By Nate Schmolze
Pride and Humility: A Christian response to homosexuality in the workplace
To whom it may concern,
Hey, my name is Nate Schmolze; I am a follower of Jesus Christ working within the recently acquired TIREN subsidiary of General Solutions. As an abolitionist, a Christian activist working to abolish homosexual marriage, abortion, and other forms of national sin from the United States, I have naturally taken an interest in the recent emails concerning the launch of the General Solutions Pride Network (GSPN). After conversing with other concerned Christians within GS, it seemed good for me to provide you with a perspective on the network’s launch from the Christian worldview.
My goal in writing this response is fourfold:
- To demonstrate that the homosexual worldview is foundationally religious in nature.
- To demonstrate that in launching GSPN, General Solutions is endorsing the religion of one special interest group and denouncing the religion of another.
- To share with you an overview of the Christian religion, so that you’ll have a resource to understand how biblical Christian employees will think and relate to gender identity and the homosexual religion.
- To request fair and equitable treatment for people who stand against homosexuality and other sexual engagement outside of the covenant of marriage and family.
Thanks for taking the time to weigh this perspective as you consider how best to use and administer the influence you’ve been given in General Solutions.
My Interest In Pride and GSPN
Even though it’s perfectly valid for people to draw conclusions on subjects with which they have no personal connection (through reasoning built on logical presuppositions), it can be helpful to highlight my personal experience with and within the LGBTQ+ community. My opposition to homosexuality (etc.) does not come from blind bias of arbitrary social or religious indoctrination (a charge often brought against my perspective); I have personal experience in this regard. When I was a kid, I engaged in homosexual behavior with a friend on several occasions. These experiences drove me directly into a decade-long pornography addiction that has harmed me in ways that I still can’t articulate (at least to a stranger :-)).
I did all of these things as a professing (and genuine) Christian, believing that my actions were wrong, but at the same time living in slavery to my sin. Fortunately, Jesus Christ died to take the penalty for my sin, and gave me His Spirit to war against the things that enslaved me. In time, the evil that had grown in my life was uprooted through the Spirit’s gracious work in me. And though I’m not sinless, there is nevertheless a noticeable difference and improvement in my life that has come through humbly admitting my sin, and asking Christ to abolish it.
When faced with aspects of our lives that cause us shame, human beings have two basic responses — pride and humility. From the beginning of human history, when Adam and Eve first ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, mankind has exhibited a prideful propensity to offload blame from his/her own life, onto someone else. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent, but in truth each was guilty before God. It was only when they were honest with God about their sin that He took the blame onto Himself through the willing death of their promised seed (descendant), Jesus Christ.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jo 1:8-9)
One method of offloading blame is to move the goalposts — to shift the standard of right and wrong so that we are no longer guilty by our newly defined standard of right and wrong. “We are not the ones to blame; the person who should be blamed is the one trying to restrict our behavior through an outdated sense of morality. He’s intolerant, self-righteous, uneducated, indoctrinated with religion, etc.” This kind of rationale is what I encounter all the time when I share the law and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with homosexuals in the culture, if they don’t just swear profanities at me and leave. This blame shifting is a common tactic that human beings use in all areas of sin; it allows us to retain our sense of pride, without needing to humble ourselves and ask the offended party for forgiveness.
In bringing a message of repentance and forgiveness to the homosexual community, I have been spit upon, assaulted, and had $400 of property destroyed in a matter of minutes, not to mention the near-constant swearing that you have to wade through just to have a conversation. But occasionally, through all the pride, you can have a good conversation with somebody who is willing to reason with you, which makes it all worthwhile.
Nevertheless, despite my repeatedly poor experiences with the homosexual community, I don’t harbor any ill will toward them; certainly my own guilt in this area would demand a healthy measure of humility from me. I have worked with LGBTQ+ employees of TIREN without importing any of my negative experiences into those relationships, because I recognize that whatever trends may or may not exist within a given community, each person stands accountable to Christ for his/her own actions, not the actions of others. No homosexual person at TIREN or General Solutions has every personally harmed me, and if one did, I like to think I would endeavor to turn the other cheek. As Jesus commanded His followers, to be like our Father we must “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us], so that [we] may be sons of [our] Father who is in heaven” (Mat 5:44-45)
As a result of these considerations, let it be noted that my opposition to pride (together with the opposition of other followers of Christ) is not rooted in any arbitrary bias toward that community; we simply come from a kingdom that values humility. Rather than bias, my concern is that the celebration of LGBTQ+ pride is a deeply religious statement being made by the company, and the company’s adoption of the homosexual religion through this gesture needs to be recognized, and its implications weighed.
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My Platform: REPENT
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (Jhn 3:16-19)