Recently, a longshot Democratic presidential candidate criticized Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs and contradicted Biblical doctrine at the same time.
Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is an Episcopalian who is “married” to a male partner. At a recent LGBT event, Buttigieg said:
“I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Buttigieg also claimed that his same-sex “marriage” has made him “‘a better human being because it has made [him] more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware and more decent.’” Buttigieg added, “‘Yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God.’”
Mayor Buttigieg is deeply confused. His first problematic statement is his contention that God created him to be homosexual. The Bible is quite clear in its teachings on sexuality; the only sexual expression that meets with God’s approval is the union of male and female that occurs within the context of authentic marriage. Homosexual behavior is clearly defined as sin in every place where it is mentioned in Scripture. To claim that God made a person homosexual implies that God approves of homosexual sin. This is an impossibility.
Mayor Buttigieg’s claim that his homosexual relationship has brought him “‘closer to God’” is similarly wrong-headed. In Isaiah 59:2, God says, “[Your] iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” A relationship that is based upon sexual sin cannot bring anyone closer to God; in fact, such relationships move men and women further from Him.
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we hope and pray that Mayor Buttigieg will truly seek a closer relationship with God through repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.