God Made Me This Way...
How many times over the years did I hear my mother say, “Your brother was such a nice baby…and then you came along”?
You see, I was born with a temper. I didn’t ask to have a temper; I just did. I can’t help it; God made me this way.
A friend of mine is an alcoholic. Her dad was an alcoholic. Her grandfather was an alcoholic. Can’t she reasonably say, “God made me this way.”?
What about Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein? Do you think they chose to have a voracious sex drive? Do you really think they wanted to hurt all those women? I doubt it. Aren’t they entitled to say, “God made me this way” too?
What about the priest who sexually preys upon boys? Do you think he wants to have sexual drives that are contrary to Scripture? Of course not. But he does. So, can’t he credibly say, “God made me this way”?
As that great theologian, Mayor Pete Buttigeig, so lucidly summed up for all of us the other day, “If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me—your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
There you have it. We were all created the way we are and there is nothing we can do about it. The sexual harasser, the rapist, the drunk driver, the pedophile, the kleptomaniac… there is no basis for holding them responsible for their actions because… God made them that way.
Hmm. Mayor Pete may be a great guy, but he clearly hasn’t spent much time reading his Bible. Maybe before we blame God for our various predilections, we should first ask Him what He thinks. I know, that’s a radical concept, but let’s try it anyway.
The Bible, in James 1:13-14 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”
It sounds like Mayor Pete, like so many in America, wants to cherry pick some Bible verses while ignoring others. He may be able to fool some folks with his self-serving view of God, however, it doesn’t change the very uncomfortable fact that every time the Bible makes a clear reference to homosexual behavior it is always a negative statement—no exceptions. Don’t you think that if God, who knows everything, created us to act on homosexual desires He would have said at least ONE positive thing about it?
The truth is, we’re all broken. And we’ve been broken since birth. We need to be honest enough to own it and quit blaming God. Only then can real healing begin.
© 2019 Brad Bright