There is something I want to discuss that isn’t popular in our secular society. I want to discuss it as it affects me, a person with autism and other disorders. I hope this post can be read with an open mind and a willingness to agree to disagree.
The prevailing worldview, according to numerous blog posts I’ve read, is that living autistic is on par with living a homosexual lifestyle: both are just a different way of being. Both are socially and morally acceptable.
I’ve heard about people who have “come out” as autistic. The rainbow infinity symbol is ambiguously used as a symbol for both LGBT and autism.
If you believe in absolute truth, especially the absolute truth found in God’s Word, you will find this comparison to be false.
Both being gay and disabled are part of living in a fallen world. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, sin and disease entered the world. (Genesis 2:15; 3:6).
It is NOT sinful to have a disability. It is NOT a sin to be LGBT. You read that right. It isn’t someone’s fault for being born broken: all have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23 ), not just disabled people. All people are broken and Jesus is the One who heals.
Jesus, in Whom I have my salvation (and you do, too if you have accepted His sacrifice at Calvary for your sins), knows we are broken, but He gives us His power to resist sin.
Nobody is going to hell for being born a certain way. It is the action resulting from a wrong heart-one that has likely not submitted to Christ, that will condemn a person to hell-a very real place (Luke 16:19-26). That is why I say comparing being autistic and living a homosexual lifestyle is like comparing apples to oranges.
There are some very real actions such as unrepentant greed, anger, covetousness (for a complete list, see Romans chapter 1) that will condemn a person-not just homosexual sex.
There is nothing according to the Bible that says a person will go to hell for having autism.There is nothing in the Bible that says I will get off the hook for not forgiving others or living a lifestyle of violence because I have autism.
According to the Bible, we cannot save ourselves. Only Christ who is fully God and fully human can and has saved mankind. (see 1 Corinthians 15:3).
God is sovereign. He forgives all sin, but expects his children not to willfully sin and turn His grace into something cheap.
I can succumb to a yelling, screaming meltdown and hurt myself and others, but it is only after praying for wisdom and doing my best with God’s help not to get to that point that it happens.
I don’t get a free pass to be violent or rude or to do just anything I want because I’m autistic. Autism didn’t die on a cross 2,000 years ago for my sins. Christ did, and He calls me to a higher (not perfect) standard of living.
I also don’t have to live under condemnation-my own or others’.
In Christ, I can do whatever He calls me to do (See Philippians 4:13). It isn’t always convenient or popular. It isn’t always what I want to do. I do stray sometimes. Fortunately, God’s mercy is new each morning (see Lamentations 3:22-23).
Before I go, I want to say that I care about someone who is gay. I pray for God to change their heart each day. I won’t give up on them. That is how God’s love works. It never fails (1 Corinthians 13:7).