In Christian discussions about sexual identity issues, the notions of “sin” and “morality” often come up. Typically, gay sex is in focus. There are often complaints about how the gay community is promoting particular sins or forms of sexual immorality. As someone who holds to a traditional understanding of sexual ethics, I agree with some of these concerns.
However, I think this is a far too limited way to view sin and morality. Christian morality cannot be reduced to sexual ethics; other issues are critically important as well. Furthermore, many complaints by Christians demonstrate much greater concern about certain sins committed by sexual minorities than about sins committed against sexual minorities, if sins against sexual minorities are acknowledged at all. Sins against sexual minority people are in fact serious and common, and as Matt Jones discusses in “What Is Love?,” true concern for sexual minorities requires us to acknowledge and fight these sins.
With this post I am beginning a series on the topic of sin and sexual minorities, focusing primarily on sins committed against sexual minority people. First, I will discuss why it is important to discuss both sins committed by Christians and sins committed by non-Christians. Then, because I think that a lot of Christians are genuinely not aware of many of these sins and moral issues, I want to provide some background. I will conclude with some preliminary thoughts on how to integrate all this into a holistic understanding of sin as it relates to sexual minorities.
I should acknowledge from the beginning that I am not just preaching on high about sins that other people commit. I have myself been guilty of some of the sins I bring up here, and learning to repent of them has been a process. I also can’t claim that my sanctification is complete in this regard. But just as learning to address sins against sexual minority people has been an important part of sanctification for myself, I believe it also important for others, and I hope that my thoughts here can be helpful.
Later posts in this series:
- Part 2: Why I Criticize Christians
- Part 3: Sins of Word and Deed
- Part 4: Sins of Omission
- Part 5: Sins of the Heart
- Part 6: How Doctrine Matters
- Part 7: Of Logs and Specks
Jeremy Erickson is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Taylor University in Upland, IN.