Christians should be celebrating Pride Month. We pray that you’ll join us.
First, however, we must inject an important caveat.
Unadulterated and unfettered pride in ourselves is a sin. Pride leads to disgrace (Proverbs 11:2). Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). In fact, God hates pride (Proverbs 8:13). God opposes the proud (James 4:6).
However, not all pride is by default sinful. There is a sense in which boasting, so long as it is in the Lord, is righteous, as Psalm 44:8 says, “In God we boast all day long” and Psalm 34: 2 says, “In God, we have boasted continually.” Jeremiah 9:24 says that if we boast, we should boast in the Lord. This verse is cited by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:31, 2 Corinthians 10:17, and Galatians 6:14.
So then, if we shall boast, we must boast in the Lord. And if you are “straight,” that is, if you desire healthy sexual relations with a member of the opposite sex, you should praise God for your straight privilege.
Homosexuality is a toxic poison that destroys both body and soul, without Jesus Christ providing forgiveness and the Holy Spirit issuing sanctifying power to change the sinful proclivities of the heart. It is a disease-ridden, disgusting, and gross act that causes biological harm, psychological pain, mental anguish and even suicidal tendencies.
That the majority of the human race (about 98% to 99% worldwide) doesn’t struggle with desire to be sodomize or be sodomized by others is a testament to God’s kind compassion. It’s a matter of God’s common grace to humanity that he orients the heart to desire a kind of sexual relationship that leads away from an early death and can lead toward procreation and life.
Glory be to God for that.
Surely, if leather-clad and chest-harnessed homosexuals can parade their perversions in the street, then Christians can celebrate our straightness.
Let it be kept in our memory, however, that our pride in “straightness” need not imitate that of the Pharisee in Luke 18:11 who prayed, “Thank God I’m not like that tax collector.” Our boasting is not in ourselves, but rather in God’s extreme goodness. When our sexual desires are oriented constructively and healthfully towards life and procreation, we must genuinely give all credit and glory to God.
[Publisher’s Note: I can only imagine the ad algorithms that might place an LGBTQ+ ad on this post, regardless of our filters being set on the highest possible standards. What a waste of money on their part]