First of all, I want to note that this is not a hateful post, nor is it supposed to be, in anyway making fun of the way people feel. I just particularly like the Lady GaGa song and when I was writing this post, I literally had the song stuck in my head the whole time. I’ve been singing like a dope, “baby, you were born that way, heyyyyy.” It’s just a catchy and clever phrase that some people, most notably in the gay or homosexual community, use to give reason to why they are the way that they are.
So is this post all about gays? No. It’s about a revelation God gave me.
Is this hateful? No. It is my understanding of the Bible and God that sin is sin is sin is sin. Telling a white lie is just as sinful as murder is just as sinful as porn is just as sinful as homosexuality; and that any amount of sin makes the sinner unclean and therefore, unworthy of being in the presence of God.
Do I commit sins? Yes. Everyone does, even Christians. We are ALL sinners and are unworthy of the presence of God (Romans 3:23). The difference between a Christian sinner and a sinner is that Christians acknowledge that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was an atonement or replacement for their punishment for that sin, and follow Him in His example in order to begin eliminating whatever sin we can in our lives.
So, back to the title…
This phrase “born this way” has been on my mind a lot lately, and in working toward building the be.you.ty project, I have been fascinated with the amount of information with which God has surrounded me in regards to creation and how we were made.
Now, I know a lot of Christians who’s argument to the point that people were born gay (or any other way for that matter) is that of a “no you were not” kind of thing. But I think there’s a distinction to be made here.
When someone tells us that they were “born that way,” I think we should agree.
Before you jump to conclusions, let me explain.
From the Fall on, and yes, back to when Adam and Eve at the apple, we have been sinful people. There is a lot in the Old Testament of the Bible about generational strongholds (one that comes to mind is the second commandment, Exodus 20:4-6).
From the moment Adam and Eve chose to obey the serpent over obeying God, each and every one of us has been handed down the fate of being separated from God. We, in a sense, have all been born sinners.
So, actually, they’re right. They were born that way.
They were born with innate desires to sin and to feed their flesh over that of the Holy Spirit which has to be invited into our hearts through the acceptance of Jesus Christ. WE WERE BORN WITH THE SAME DESIRE TO SIN, just in different capacities.
Everyone has different gifts and is created individually, and so I do believe we all also have different vices. What one person’s struggle might mean homosexual desires might be someone else’s pension to lie or another person’s addiction to porn. Either way, they’re all idols – an idol being anything we give greater importance to than God – and is sinful.
though we may be born that way, I think it’s important to note, we weren’t created that way.
We were created in the beginning, as Adam and Eve, to live in perfect and stainless relationship with God. That was always the intention for mankind and understanding the purpose God has for us, even in our sinfulness is key to understanding ourselves.
In the book of Genesis, God said, “Let us create man in our own image.” (Genesis 1:26). We were created as an image, or a REFLECTION of God. We were made to look like Him, and in a bigger sense than just a physical being. We were created to BE like Him, and in that, we would reflect His glory.
Even before God gave Adam a job (to rule over the fish, etc), He gave Him the task of being God’s image. He created him for that FIRST.
Even further down the line, after the Fall, we see this echoed throughout the Bible, that WE are for HIM to display glory:
Psalm 86:9 “All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.”
Psalms 106:8 “Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.”
Isaiah 61:3 “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
And I’ll stop there before I get carried away.
This whole thing has given me an completely different understanding of the saying:
“God loves you just as you are… but too much to leave you that way.”
We are all born sinners, and we all have different sin, and it is true that God loves us, even through that.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Roman 5:8
But once we come to truly know God’s love, and accept what He did in order to show us that love – which is offer up Himself/His son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice to atone for our sin – it’s when we realize that we must change, we want to change, because we know His ways are not a set of rules because we’re bad, but because they will bring us peace, safety, and comfort. We learn obedience will bring us blessing, and disobedience curses – not necessarily from God, but from the enemy that He tries desperately to guard us from.
And then we just love Him.
And I think it’s in loving God, and becoming what He created us to be, that we learn to love ourselves.
When we realize what we are – the mirror image of Him – how could we not?
I guess the thing we need to ask ourselves, especially as Christians, is what we want more? What is more important to us? The things we were born to do? Or the thing we were created to do?
“The key to understanding the duality of Christ’s human nature and His sinlessness is understanding that sin, as part of the human condition, is not the normal condition. God did not create us as sinners, but as a result of the fall, sin has marred our lives. Christ’s sinlessness is made clear in Scripture, from His 40 days in the desert, where Satan tempted Christ but failed to entice him in to sin, to the time of the beginning of His ministry where “the favor of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40).”
— Systematic Theology, Chapter 26