One's sexuality not being a choice does not imply that following through it is not sinful, just like it being a choice would not imply that it is sinful.
As far as I know, I am not homosexual; however, I certainly have impulses and instincts which, if followed through, would definitely be sinful. And so does everybody else, as far as I can tell.
But in any case, as far as I know nobody (or at least, nobody even vaguely sane) thinks that homosexual tendencies in themselves are sinful. Some think that homosexual behaviour
is sinful, and that homosexual people are called to a life of chastity; as I said, I do not agree with this myself, but I do not think that it is an intrinsically bigoted position. It is a wrong
one, I think — as far as I can tell, there are no solid reasons to think that homosexual behaviour is sinful — but that's a different thing.
In other words, the difference between this case and the "black" example that you mention is that anti-homosexual behaviour Christians are not criticizing a characteristic
, but instead a behaviour
which an innate characteristic makes more likely to want to pursue.
A heterosexual person having same-sex intercourse would, from that point of view, commit precisely the same sin of a homosexual one doing the same — or a worse one, arguably, since they would not have the excuse of sexual attraction.
edited 9th Apr '12 5:07:35 AM by Carciofus