Have you ever played the Leviticus game?
This Isn’t a Game
Enough of the Leviticus game for now, because I can already hear a profound question coming—Is homosexuality “equal” with these other sins?
It depends on the sin. We all have hurts, temptations, and natural sources of weakness. God knows us inside and out. He knows all our stories. But His holiness is of chief concern to Him.
Do we dare equate homosexuality with these other sins listen in Leviticus 18? The bottom line is, as the Apostle James wrote, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’ If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:8-11).
In other words, the same God who declared incest and adultery sinful also put homosexuality in the same category, knowing full well the struggles that all sorts of humans face. Humans judge themselves other on a curve, but God sees all as equal and totally exposed before Him. The same God who came loving, sacrificing, and serving in the human form of Jesus Christ is the same God who gave those righteous commands in the Old Testament.
The problem with the selective-obedience “Leviticus game” isn’t just that it pits Scripture against itself, but that it unjustly divides the character of God.
What is truly profound is that in James 2, where we learn that all sins are equally violations of God’s character, the point is that any attempt to earn God’s approval through good, moral rule-following is utterly futile.
This is important, because even non-Christian LGBTs are playing a “Leviticus game” of their own, trusting that God will accept them because they obey some “important” commands (by being an overall decent person) while failing at others.
There is a law of liberty, where we are freed from fearful rule-following and liberated to love and please a holy God. But we don’t get to live that way by editing God’s standards; we get that way by repenting of our sins and letting God empower us to live for Him. True freedom—obeying God’s laws willfully instead of spitefully—only come once we’ve changed our minds about our sin and trusted Christ’s sacrifice to pay our punishment.
No one is immune to temptations. But please, friend, get right with God by turning from sin and trusting Christ, no matter who you are.