Dale Potter: A counterargument
February 3, 2010
To the editor:
I want to commend the staff and sponsor of the Post Script of Moffat Country High School for their well-produced newspaper. This is an excellent hands-on experience for talented writers, preparing them to take an active part in one of our cherished American rights, freedom of the press.
Ryan Neece's article on homosexuality was well thought out and well written. However, I would like to present to Ryan and his readers the reasons why I disagree with him.
My reasons are taken from the Bible, and so are in danger of being tossed out because the Bible is a religious book, and the "state" is supposed to be separate from religion.
I will use the Bible anyway because this nation was founded openly and unabashedly upon Biblical principles.
The separation of church and state doctrine (not part of the Constitution) was a safeguard from the state forcing any one religion on the people, as was the case in the European countries at the time of the birth of this nation.
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It is not in any way to be considered a banning of any religious ideas from our accepted standard of morality.
Here is a partial presentation of what the Bible says about homosexuality.
■ The God of creation made one man and one woman and brought them together as his holy pattern for marriage and the reproduction of children from the beginning of time — Genesis chapter 2.
■ The Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 are the basis for the moral standard of our nation, regardless of what the ACLU says. One of those commandments says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Adultery, in the original language, takes in any form of sexual activity outside of the marriage vows. That includes homosexuality. God says, do not do it.
■ The New Testament reinforces in this age what God said back in Moses' day. In I Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul lists some behaviors that God will judge, and "abusers of themselves with mankind" is one of them.
However, in verse 11 he says, "And such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus …"
This is good news. God condemns homosexuality as a sin, but he also offers forgiveness and cleansing because his son paid for that sin along with all other sins.
The way to appropriate that forgiveness is to believe that Jesus took the punishment as our Substitute, and will give eternal life to whoever believes in Him — John 3:16.
There you have it, Ryan. I hope you will give God's declarations some serious consideration.
Pastor Dale Potter
Yampa Valley Baptist Church