If someone were to warn a drug addict about the dangers of abusing illicit substances, no one would label them as hateful. However, when the same principle is applied to homosexual behavior, the daggers come out and the “anti-gay,” “homophobic” or “hater” epithets are angrily and aggressively hurled about.
The typical LGBTQ response to the above analogy is to claim that illegal drug usage is a choice, but homosexuality is not. As volitional beings, though, we most certainly have the ability to control how, when and with whom we are sexually intimate. Therefore, the most loving thing that a Christian can do is to tell the truth and steer homosexuals away from a harmful lifestyle — more appropriately referred to as a deathstyle.
By now, most of our readers are quite aware of the numerous health issues associated with the homosexual lifestyle’s risky and dangerous behavior. The typical physical risks discussed include anorectal disorders (hemorrhoids, fissures, warts, hemorrhaging, anal cancer), HIV/AIDS and a whole host of other harmful STDs (Chlamydia trachomatis, Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, Herpes simplex virus, Human papilloma virus, Isospora belli, Microsporidia, Gonorrhea, Viral hepatitis types B & C, Syphilis). Although each of these physical health hazards can also be found among heterosexuals, they occur with extraordinary frequency among the homosexual population. And all of these factors contribute to the shorter lifespans reported among members of their community.
As further evidence of the physical and mental health risks of LGBTQ practices, Kathryn Foxhall, in a recent article for Contemporary Pediatrics, indicates the following:
High school students who are sexual minorities [LGBTQ] are more likely to take risks that increase their chances of cancer than their heterosexual peers, almost across the board, according to an analysis of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS).
Sexual minority adolescents were more likely to take risks in behaviors such as use of tobacco, use of alcohol, binge drinking, early intercourse, no condom at last sexual intercourse, drug use at last intercourse, being overweight, purging, and little physical activity.
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The YRBS, conducted in U.S. high schools, was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A February American Journal of Public Health study, one of a collection of research articles, found the following disparities between LGBTQ and heterosexual adolescents:
35.6% LGBTQ 14.4% heterosexual
34.3% LGBTQ 22.1% heterosexual
32.7% LGBTQ 27.2% heterosexual
The researchers, including the director of the study, Margaret Rosario, PhD, with the department of psychology in the City University of New York, say cancer “undoubtedly increases as risk behaviors become part of the behavioral repertoire; are repeated over time; become habitual; and possibly influence the development of other cancer-related behaviors.”
Kathryn Foxhall also reported:
A study by CDC researchers noted medically serious suicide attempts are perhaps the greatest indicator of future suicide. Among their findings, taken from YRBS data from 2002 to 2009 from each site with sexual orientation measures, were suggestions of higher risks of medically serious attempts among lesbians, bisexuals, and those with both-sex contact.
A YRBS study led by Harvard researchers found that 12.6% of high school students report rarely or never wearing a seat belt, but nonuse was 48% higher for male bisexuals compared with heterosexuals; 85% higher for lesbians; 46% higher for female bisexuals; and 51% higher for females who were unsure about their orientation.
Finally, a study entitled “Gay obituaries closely track officially reported deaths from AIDS,” published in Psychological Reports (2005;96:693-697), analyzed tens of thousands of gay obituaries and compared them with AIDS deaths data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and revealed that the life expectancy for homosexuals is about twenty years shorter than that of the general public. These findings basically confirmed a similar study conducted in Vancouver, British Columbia and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology (1997, Vol. 26, 657-61). Homosexuals have fiercely disputed this research, but it makes absolute sense that risky behavior would result in at least some diminishing of lifespans.
One principal tactic of the homosexual lobby is to blame all of these negative health impacts upon society’s lack of approval for their lifestyle. However, it is very important for every individual to be personally accountable for their own actions. Without this, we are inviting denials of culpability and rationalizations for all types of detrimental behaviors. And people will be encouraged to dismiss any and every bad action on the basis of an unending laundry list of excuses.
As Christians, we believe that God offers us the grace to be transformed and the ability to exercise self-control. Blaming others for our own failures will never bring about the righteous life that God desires. Taking responsibility for our own lives, however, is the key to personal and spiritual improvement. So, the homosexual would be wise to receive God’s gracious offer and abandon the lifestyle that is quite literally killing them.
We realize that it would be much easier to tell them otherwise.
But we love them too much to do that.
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