About a month ago I went to my sister’s to visit my new niece (and the rest of my family). Whenever I visit any of my family or in-laws, I am guaranteed an interesting conversation… or at least some strange comments. My favorite quote from this trip came from my sister. I believe her exact words were, “I had to stop watching Will & Grace because I was becoming too tolerant of gays.”
Don’t get me wrong here, I was glad to hear that she had stopped watching Will & Grace for several reasons (not least of which is the fact that the show sucks). But I just couldn’t get with her reasoning at all. Of course, it is understandable insofar as the pastor of her church authored the “one man, one women” amendment for the state of Minnesota and pushes his agenda constantly under the guise of Christian teaching.
Earlier, at my church, someone had compared the ordination of homosexuals to the ordination of mass murderers, all the while chanting the chorus, “it’s just logical.” We of course questioned how that was logical, and he resorted back to, “I have personal reasons.” He may have had good personal reasons, but I am guessing this was more of an escape plan.
I hate it when groups like Focus on the Family and James Dobson talk about Reforming homosexuals and turning them “normal”. I recently heard that they discovered the gay gene in lab mice, and with therapy, they can turn mice either gay or straight (though this story could be false). This also scares me.
I don’t know where I’m going in this blog… I don’t have anything profound to share. But I have to wonder where this apparent hatred of homosexuals comes from? I mean, I can see believing that homosexual behavior is sinful, but where does this cross the line into hating the person? And for that matter, is it really even possible to hate the sin and not the sinner? Or should we let God worry about hating the sin? I don’t know.
I struggle a lot with how to understand and view homosexuality I guess. On a gut level, I have no problem with it whatsoever. And I have absolutely no problem with homosexual marriage (because I don't believe a theocracy is good or desirable). But I also do believe that the Bible does call it sin. But, could this be cultural? Does this have to do with the despicable practices of the Greek and Romans of men loving boys? Certainly, Paul (the one who speaks most against homosexuality) did write from his own cultural assumptions, in which homosexuality would not have even been considered.
There are so many other issues all tied up in this too. Like, do we believe in progressive revelation? My answer: yes. Are all sins equal? My answer: no. Can we respect homosexuals while calling homosexual behavior sinful? My answer: I don’t know. Should homosexuals be denied church membership? My answer: no. If homosexuals are denied church membership, should anyone (except Jesus… and me) receive it? My answer: no.