Erasure is a term that is used by the LGBTQ community to describe what they believe is the tendency of right-wing conservatives to pretend as if gay people do not exist. They argue that there is a conspiracy to erase gay people from society. Therefore, they argue that we need to include more LGBTQ characters in movies, games, and television to compensate for society’s neglect of them. They believe that gay people should be celebrated for being gay and anyone who does not join in with the chorus is showing hatred for gay people. They argue that Christians who believe that homosexual activity is sinful are contributing to the depression that leads to the high suicide rate among gay people.
But there is another kind of erasure that is practiced by those who believe that homosexual orientation is an unchangeable fact of life for those who experience same-sex attraction. The gay community and those who support them do not want to believe that there are people who have been transformed by the gospel to no longer desire homosexual relations. But by definition, such people cannot exist because they believe that our sexual orientation is something we are born with like our skin color and cannot change. As Macklemore said in his song Same Love celebrating homosexuality, “And I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to.”
But the problem with this narrative is that there are thousands of people who have been transformed by the gospel to no longer desire homosexual relations. The existence of such people disproves that sexual orientation is something unchangeable like skin color and therefore attempting to parallel Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality with racism is untenable. The LGBTQ community responds to these people by saying that they are either lying about their past or that they weren’t really gay to begin with. But I will let you be the judge of that through these examples:
These people are living testimonies to the truth of 1 Corinthians 6:11 that hope for change is possible through faith in Christ. But the LGBTQ narrative that gay people cannot change robs people of the hope they so desperately need. The solution for same-sex attraction is the same for every sinful desire: the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the good news about Jesus which calls us to repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ alone to save us. We must come to God on his terms, not while trying to hold on to our sinful desires at the same time. According to Paul in Romans 1, those who practice homosexuality have forsaken God’s plan for his creation and forsaking God always leads to misery and depression. The happiness of sin is but for a moment, but the good conscience that comes from true repentance lasts a lifetime.