by Matt Slick
One of the battles the homosexuals and lesbians have waged in their attempt to get homosexuality accepted in American culture is the war of words. The terms "homophobe," "homophobic," and "homophobia," are often used to describe anyone who disagrees with the homosexual agenda. Generally speaking, if they can get us to react to their words on their terms, much of the battle is already won by them. This happens when they accuse someone who disapproves of homosexuality of being homophobic. The intent is to use a term that has a negative emotional connotation and use it in such a way as to accuse the opposition of unwarranted prejudice and discrimination. It is, ultimately, a disingenuous way of dealing with the issue. Generally speaking, when such tactics are used it is because the intellectual arguments of those who employ them are not that strong.
There are plenty of people in the world who disapprove of various behaviors such as lying, coveting, hatred, mockery, stealing, and pedophilia. Because they disapprove of these things, are they automatically be labeled as "liarphobes", "covetophobes", "hateophobes", "mockophobes", "theftophobes", "pedophilophobes", etc.? Of course not.
Biblically speaking homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:26-28) as are adultery (Exodus 20:14), theft (Exodus 20:15), and lying (Exodus 20:16). It is not that those opposing it are emotionally unstable in their phobia of these sins. God has condemned them as sin and we who believe in him and his Word take the same position.
So, disapproving of something does not mean that one has an unwarranted, unhealthy fear of it based on prejudice, ignorance, and bigotry. And, using the term "homophobe" to describe a person who sees homosexuality as a sin is not an argument based on logic or evidence. Instead, it is based on weak emotionalism and judgmentalism.