The writer of an earlier Letter stopped short in the development of a quote from David Levithan in an interview for his book Two Boys Kissing. Levithan’s assumption “They will always be wrong” is offensive because it condemns those who simply disagree with him. He is traveling the well-worn path of those who fail to make any kind of moral distinctions based on traditional values. His agenda is to level the playing field that has served society for many years as he patently disregards the moral system that establishes sexual mores based on gender differences. Since he disagrees with these values, he attempts to substitute his own in order to create a “level playing field.” The result is lopsided: the belief that only heterosexual relationships are honorable is declared false and irregular, and all homosexual relationships are considered to be inherently good and acceptable. This not only turns the world as we know it upside down, but it challenges the very concept of a healthy society.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not saying that our culture has been dominated by a healthy view of sexuality. Far from it! But the traditional view, based on Scripture, holds out far better hope than Levithan’s corrupt view. The Apostle Paul’s view of sexual mores – although repeatedly disregarded in culture throughout history – continues to make the most sense:
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. [1 Corintians 6:9-11 NIV].
Many of us spent the last days and weeks contemplating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ because we recognize that we are ALL sinners in need of redemption. Levithan’s book condemns a large population of students in our public schools and in our community, and it undermines the authority of Scripture. For this and many other reasons, it should not be shelved in our public school library.
Name withheld by request New Baltimore