It’s no secret that members of ISIS aren’t the biggest fans of homosexuality. They’ve stoned gay men to death and hurled homosexuals from buildings. Of course, their cruelty towards homosexuals is common in the Islamic world. In some Muslim-majority countries, such as Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, homosexuality is punishable by death. What’s with all of the hate?
It’s tough to say. Sure, the Koran commands some pretty violent and disturbing things. After all, Muslims are supposed to behead unbelievers (Koran 8:12), strike terror in the hearts of their enemies (Koran 8:60), and crucify mischief-makers (Koran 5:33). Yet, oddly enough, the Koran doesn’t say anything all that bad about homosexual practice.
Certainly, it condemns the people of Sodom for engaging in homosexual acts, saying they were “transgressing beyond bounds” (Koran 7:81). In addition, it says that men soliciting other men is “ignorant” (Koran 27:55). Still, there’s nothing about tossing homosexuals off of buildings. To add to the confusion, young boys are awaiting faithful Muslims in Paradise. The Koran says that “Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded” (Koran 52:24). Elsewhere, it adds “round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness): If thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered Pearls” (Koran 76:19). Since the female virgins in Paradise are also compared to “Pearls well-guarded” (Koran 56:22-23), this raises the question, what will Muslims be doing with these handsome young boys? On second thought, I don’t want to know.
Regardless, support for same-sex marriage isn’t exactly popular in most Muslim countries. This hasn’t stopped openly homosexual Apple CEO Tim Cook from doing business in places like Saudi Arabia, where they execute gays. Strangely, he condemned Indiana for trying to protect the religious freedom of Muslims. He wrote that “Opposing discrimination takes courage” but why doesn’t he oppose the violent discrimination of the Saudis? Besides, isn’t he discriminating against American Muslims by forcing them to support same-sex “marriages” against their will?
With all due respect to the LGBT community, it’s a little disappointing that no gay couple has demanded a Muslim bakery make them something for their “wedding.” Despite the murky message of the Koran on the issue, the Muslim bakery will refuse. Would the gay couple have the courage to sue?
It’s easy to persecute Christians, because we’ve been commanded to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). You see, you can destroy me professionally, because I’ve got a mansion waiting in Heaven (John 14:2). You can ruin my reputation with the world, because I’m a child of the King of kings (John 1:12-13). You can even kill me, because I’m already dead to this world (Galatians 6:14). It doesn’t have anything to offer, which is why it’s better to be with the Lord than hang out here any longer than I have to (Philippians 1:23). Just remember this: vengeance is the Lord’s, and He will repay (Romans 12:19).