Here’s the thing. There isn’t a movement in the church that’s arguing that rape is okay and that we should be accepting of rapists. There isn’t a movement in the church that’s arguing that racism is okay and that we should be accepting of racists. There is a movement that’s arguing that homosexual sex is okay and that we should be accepting of LGBTQ+. Hence, why it needs to be addressed.
I wish more Adventists marched on the streets in support of black lives matter–and frankly, many Adventists did. I wish there was more righteous anger against the child abuse, domestic abuse, and adultery that takes place within the church. Liberal-leaning Adventists should be the change they wish to see in the church and do these things.
But that doesn’t change the fact that homosexual sex is not okay, and that this is explicitly clear in Scripture.
Jesus’ example in Scripture is that we as a church should be loving towards sinners, and we as a church fail at that sometimes. But when Jesus was left alone with the woman caught in adultery, He didn’t say “go on sinning” because God doesn’t care about sex; He said “go and sin no more” because sexual sins are some of the most devastating sins that affect families today. They lead to children born in single-parent homes, growing up either without a parent or without one place that they can call home, with the loving support of both parents who live together. (It’s for this reason that the church was wrong to relax their views on divorce.)
When a middle-aged Adventist comes out as LGBTQ+, it destroys communities. Suddenly children have to deal with a broken home, living in two homes, and now they are statistically more at risk of poor achievement in school. Suddenly a spouse is told that “till death does us part” isn’t actually going to happen and they’ll have to be a single parent for the next decade or more. (Taken from a real situation, with identifying details removed.)
Look, I agree that the bigger threat to the church is the pastor, teacher, or elder who engages in sexual abuse. But people don’t dispute the evil of those things. Sola Scriptura is the foundation of the Adventist church, and it would be threatened by the acceptance of sexual choices outside of God’s plan.
I understand that some people think that God’s rejection of homosexual sex in the Bible is on par with God simply rejecting people because they were born the wrong way, but Science doesn’t even agree that people can be born LGBTQ+. Unless that changes, LGBTQ+ is a choice that goes against what God prescribes for us in Scripture, and we as a church have to stand for the wisdom and love that flows throughout Scripture, even when it is unpopular to do so. It may be “progressive” to support LGBTQ+, but it’s also progressive to support smoking weed and surely no one would argue that’s good for a person’s health.