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The Gays–more acceptable to God?

2 Feb

Here’s an article that impacted me.  I shared and provided some of my own commentary.  Please share your opinions.

 

Gays and religion

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/03/27/presbyterian_minister_changes_mind_about_gays/

 

The article starts out by telling how the church frowns on “practicing homosexuals.”  I’m not entirely certain what that even means.  Am I “practicing” homosexuality by typing about it an open forum?  Or do I “practice” homosexuality every time I wear jeans instead of a dress, or otherwise deviate from some antiquated feminine norms?  If I look or act in a manner that others deem as gay, does that mean I’m “practicing” homosexuality–without even trying?  Or is it just all about sex?  Gay people are fine as long as they are celibate?  As if homosexuality were just about who puts what where in the bedroom?

Is it right to make the gays feel so desperate and troubled that they deaden that part of themselves?  Gays have a higher addiction rate, higher suicide rate even.  Repressing such an important part of oneself is damaging.  Why would the church instill guilt about an innate feeling?  Yeah, homosexuality is innate.  I know this not only from personal experience, but it makes sense too.  Would anyone CHOOSE to be marginalized, abused, and hated?

I agree with the author that the gay issue should never have been made THE dividing issue in morality and religion.  He says there are much more important worries:  Disease, hunger, racial intolerance.  Agreed.  And I say–  “Hmmm, intolerance. . .”  Why is it an issue at all?  I suspect it’s a good, polarizing issue that clearly defines who is in power and who is not.  The issue is heated, and that means money get involved.

 

Here’s the paragraph I liked most in the article:

 

“One reason, I think, is that it’s easy to condemn homosexuality if you are not gay. It is much harder than condemning pride, or lust or greed, things that most practicing Christians have struggled with. It is all too easy to make homosexuality about “those people,” and not me. If I were to judge someone for their inflated sense of pride, or their tendency to worship various cultural idols, I would feel some personal stake, some cringe of self-judgment. Not so with homosexuality. 

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I liked that one, because I think it’s easy to have an “us and them” mentality.  

I think religion should push the tenants of tolerance, acceptance, and the golden rule of “treat others as you would like to be treated.”  Money and politics, especially politics, have no place in spirituality.