On April 4, 2019, in New York, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana mayor addressed the National Action Network convention. He had many political points he wanted to make with the audience and news media, but no point was more important for him than to justify his homosexuality. Targeting the Christian conservative vice president as a focal point. Mayor Buttigieg said that he wished all the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that, “if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Pete Buttigieg’s assertion that the Creator made him a homosexual is worthy of consideration, especially for Christians who take theology seriously.
A devout conservative Christian would contend that Pete Buttigieg would not be able to Biblically defend his statement because Scripture teaches us that God created male and female with the purpose of procreating and replenishing the earth. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Gen. 1:27-28).
Biblically, homosexuals are not blessed by God. They are not united by God in marriage. They are not able to reproduce, only recruit, and so they cannot replenish the earth and fulfill the divine mandate. Biblically, homosexuals are condemned in the strongest language possible because they glorified not God. As a result, God gives such men as Mayor Pete Buttigieg up to their vile affections, and pretentions of being married, “men with men working that which is unseemly” (Rom. 1:27).
In addition to Buttigieg being in opposition to the Scripture and the purpose of creation, he wishes to shift the blame for his transgression against the Creator, to God Himself. His assertion is that the Creator made him a homosexual. Adam, in the Garden of Eden, after disobeying the Lord, shifted blame from his own personal responsibility to the Creator. “And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:12). Major Pete shifts his own personal responsibility to God, which creates a conundrum.
Homosexuals insist they are free to choose their own lifestyle, but then, when confronted with the evil of their behavior, they insist they could act no other way, for the Creator made them the way they are. They have no choice. Yet they sing “I’ve gotta be me”.
“Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong,
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong,
I gotta be me, I’ve gotta be me,
What else can I be but what I am”
Mayor Pete would be hard pressed to logically answer whether or not he was really made a homosexual by God, or does he simply want to be the captain of his own soul, the master of his own fate? If he were an honest man, he would concede that his homosexuality is a choice that he is willing to embrace even though it is contrary to nature, contrary to creation, contrary to the Word of God, and contrary to the health of society.
Because practicing homosexuality is a conscious choice and act of the will, I would like to tell all the Pete Buttigiegs of the world they can choose, by God’s grace, to come out of that lifestyle.
Writing to the Church in Corinth, the apostle Paul spoke of people caught up in the bondage of many sins, including sexually deviant behavior. Then, Paul writes some of the most hopeful words in all of Scripture. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).
Notice the past tense. “And such were some of you.” Ah, yes, a homosexual can be born again. A person caught up in the violent passion of sodomy can be a new creature in Christ based upon gospel repentance, confession of sin, and receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Mayor Pete, come to Christ. Let him cleanse you from your unhappiness, your blame shifting, your wrong view of God.
“Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord,
and He will surely give you rest
by trusting in His word.
Only trust Him, only trust Him,
only trust Him now;
He will save you, He will save you.
He will save you now.”