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Northview Opinions PageAs the Obama administration works to advance the wickedness of homosexuality around the world, the gay battle against God and His Word progresses at home. 

Into this battle this week stepped a thoughtful and talented young woman who attends Christ the Word's youth group. Asked to provide her thoughts on homosexuality for a views page in her high school newspaper she wrote:

"Hearing about an individual choosing the way of homosexuality is disappointing. They have given in to the temptation to sin. Am I afraid of the person because of this choice? No. Do I hate the person because they have chosen to give in to a sin? Of course not. Christians are called to love others, even our enemies. I would not love a person any less for the reason of a sin they are committing. Fact is, we all sin and have struggles of our own, whether they are big or tiny, and it makes no difference to God. What makes the difference is overcoming the sin.

"Are you trying to fight your sin and turning to the Lord to help you, or are you giving in to temptation? Without Him, you will never be able to overcome your sinful desires. We as humans don’t have the ability to save ourselves. However hard we try, we end up doing bad things all the time, and the only one who can save us from this sin is Jesus Christ. So when we look at homosexuality, it is just another one of those temptations to sin. Some have a harder struggle with it, just like others have a harder struggle with staying away from alcohol or with not gossiping. It’s a temptation. That’s why it’s wrong to say, “it’s the way I was born. I can’t help it and can’t do anything about it, so I might as well give in to my feelings.” I don’t hate the person that has made this choice to give in to their desires, but I hate the choice and I hate the sin. If a friend told me she was a lesbian, I would still love her with the love of Christ and be a friend to her, but I would hate her sin. I would do everything I could to help her fight her sin and turn to God and His Word, the Bible, for answers.

"1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says,“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

"This passage is saying that if you give your life over to a sin and live in the way of any of the sins listed (but not limited to just these), you are not fighting sin in your life. This is not okay, and not something we should just brush off as an individual’s “choice”. Homosexuality is wrong. It is so obvious in the Bible. It is not okay that homosexuals let this sin control and define their life. I will speak against this, because I know God has created man and woman for each other and not man for man or woman for woman. We as humans were created to have relationships that lead to marriage and then lead to the reproduction of children. That is how the system works, and how each individual came to be, including you. Reproduction doesn’t work with the same sex. You can’t deny this proof.

"The great thing is that there is a way to be free from the sin that so easily entangles us. Calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as it says in the passage above, means giving your life over to God. As you do this, your sins are washed clean, whether it be giving in to the attraction of the same sex, or lying to your parents, you have the promise of eternal life in heaven when you give yourself over to Jesus Christ and live for Him!

And now, the whirlwind. From the pages of Toledo's main newspaper, the Blade, to television news shows, to local talk shows the reaction has been swift and one-sidedly critical of her loving statement of truth: 

13 ABC has received emails and phone calls from parents and students about this article, including a former student who is bi-sexual. She now lives in Massachusetts.  

April Hutchinson tells 13 ABC, "If I were a student there I would feel extremely outcast by the article and I am disappointed to say I ever even went there because of this."

This former student says she believes the article promotes bullying.

"This is the type of article that causes students to get so discouraged about school, they want to drop out or they want to find other avenues.  This is the type of thing that causes teen suicide or stuff like that"

Despite her explicit statement of love for homosexuals and the gentleness of her tone, a Sylvania mother worries that the article will breed violence:

Some, like Sylvania parent Bobbi Clark, worry the editorial could have opened the door for bullying.

"It's sad to see that a school would allow something like this to be printed in a newspaper," Clark said. "It's wrong."

And there are the tears of the "persecuted":

One of several emails sent to WTOL 11 said: "After the school day ended, there were two girls crying outside by the bus because they were ashamed and scared to be lesbians."

The response of the high school principal?

Though Mr. Swaggerty did not believe any students will be disciplined for the publication, he said there will be repercussions. “A deeper look into homosexuality,” will not be included with the rest of the edition when posted online. Normally, the school takes a hands off approach to the newspaper, allowing faculty adviser Sarah Huey to screen the content, but that process is now being reviewed.

All because one young woman had the audacity to state God's truth. Can you imagine a more loving, more caring response than the one she wrote? Its very excellence is no doubt responsible for the scorn heaped on it.

Praise God for the witness of this young woman in the pages of Northview High School's newspaper. And praise God for her friend from Christ the Word who wrote about her faith in last month's "Views" page. They reflect the glory of Christ by declaring His name and truth before the world. Hold them up in prayer with me, would you?