On a related note, Polycarp has a good post today, Leaving the Gay Life Behind. He links to a Christianity Today article that discusses two Christian rock musicians. One came out of the closet after years of struggling with homosexuality, and he affirmed his intention to live the gay lifestyle because that’s how God made him and he’s tired of self-hatred. The other endured sexual abuse and Christian hypocrisy as a child and turned to the gay lifestyle, but God later gave him an attraction to the woman who became his wife. Although he continues to struggle with homosexual impulses, he’s decided not to live the gay lifestyle. Polycarp’s point in posting this was that condemnation of homosexuals will get us nowhere, since there may be a story behind why they have their inclination.
Personally, I’ve not gotten into the culture wars lately. There have been seasons in my blog when I have, but as of late, I’ve been blogging through my academic readings and weekly quiet times, seeking spiritual lessons in all of them. My religion right now is more or less that there’s a loving higher power and that I should try to treat my neighbor with kindness, understanding, and (when necessary) compassion. I’m not really interested in women not being ordained, or in homosexuals having to give up their life partners. I’d feel uncomfortable having to come up with a stance on these issues, for it would probably alienate both the Left and the Right!
But, hopefully, I can show kindness to everyone, and Christians can let homosexuals know that they’re there for them if they ever want help. And, by “help,” I don’t necessarily mean helping homosexuals cease their behavior, though, if homosexuals ever desire advice on how to handle their desires, maybe there are resources Christians can offer that have worked for some. Rather, I’m talking about lending an understanding ear, just showing kindness.