Decades ago homosexuality was not widely viewed as an acceptable lifestyle. As time has passed homosexuality has become a more widely accepted lifestyle. It is no longer abnormal for openly homosexual couples to walk the hallways of high schools, the media glamorizes homosexuality and even many churches have accepted homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle for pastors. The cultural climate has changed. Homosexuality is no longer a hidden lifestyle choice as it once was. In light of these changes Christians need to seek truth and be careful not to blend into the culture by passively accepting cultural norms for the Word of God.
What exactly does the Bible say about homosexuality, and how does it apply to how Christians should live their lives today? Leviticus 18:22 overtly says not to practice homosexuality. Chapter 18 of Leviticus gives a list of many different sexual sins that the children of God were not to participate. Ending with verses 27-30 which gives the explanation why, God informs His people that the nation they were replacing practiced the sexual sins in chapter 18 and that was why the land was vomiting them out. By practicing those sins listed the people of the land defiled it and God was ready to wipe them out.
Again in Leviticus 20:13 homosexuality is brought up in the law this time with the prescribed punishment, which was death. Many things in the Old Testament carried the punishment of death. Some of the things punishable by death may seem very trivial to us today and some still bear the penalty of death (Exodus 19:13, Exodus 21:12, Exodus 21:16, Exodus 21:17, Exodus 22:19, Exodus 31:14, Leviticus 20:10, Leviticus 20:27). Romans 6:23 explains why such a huge consequence rested on actions that seemed to have such a vast difference in degree of wrongness by saying that the wages of all sin is death. That means that the consequences for sin is death regardless of which one you commit because James 2:10 also reminds us that a person who only commits one sin is as guilty as the person who has committed all of them.
Homosexuality therefore is one of many sins recorded in the Bible that carries the consequence of death. Luckily for us God in His mercy sent His Son to die on a cross for all of our sins regardless of what they may be and He cleanses us of our sin if we become His people (1 John 1:7, 1 Peter 2:24, Titus 2:14).
Romans 1:18-32 gives a good picture of the present climate of our culture. The remedy to this state (what Leviticus would refer to as defiling our country) is also found in this segment of verses. The answer is turning from our own way and turning to God. All of creation gives testimony to His power and glory so no one can claim ignorance toward Him. If our cultural climate continues on the path it has chosen, with its back to God, Romans 1 says our cultural minds (as well as individual minds) will become increasingly dark and confused (not recognizing wisdom from foolishness) and that He will abandon our culture to its sinful ways as it continues to get worse.