LD is over there wallowing in Mudville blasting away at two Blade writers --one who defended the war in Iraq as necessary to preserve our western way of life --and one who defended the Blade writer named Barb who defended General Pace in his comments on homosexuality and adultery in the military.
One of the new commenters in Mudville said people like Barb, in her Blade letter, were hiding behind God. Below is MY response to that:
People who see homosexuality as I do aren't hiding behind God, as one blog commenter said. People either believe the Bible on the subject of human sexuality or they do not. And the Bible doesn't incline me to hate or give me license to hate those who disagree. We are even to "love your enemies" and be willing to be "persecuted for righteousness' sake" --which only happens when we stand up for righteousness --and who more than the Bible has a right to define righteousness and sin -- at least for those who believe in the God of Judeo-Christianity --which is probably most Americans.
Public policy does and should reflect the majority's view of right and wrong. Otherwise, we sanction anything that the minority believes is OK for them. So there IS a cultural war going on--a battle over definition of good and evil --and how far personal liberty can go in a humane and decent society, fit for the rearing of good and functional citizens.
The Bible says all sex outside hetero marriage is sin --and people who sin sexually (and Jesus said everyone has done so in his heart/mind) need to flee temptation that starts in the mind --and pursue that which God has sanctioned/ordained --celibate single-hood or monogamous marriage --for which our bodies are designed. the first is a difficult road, i think, and the priests of the catholic church have found it so. The second is also difficult, judging by our divorce rate, but not when both spouses are committed to Biblical precepts and practice them.
God said it is not good for man to be alone --and so made him woman --so they could procreate and not be alone. "Male and female, created He them" --"in His image." We are marvelously designed for this union--a union which Jesus says joins our souls --at least temporarily. He said this in regard to using a prostitute which he condemned --as does the Old Testament --over and over in the Book of Proverbs, for one.
If we follow the research at the u. of Ga. --that said 80 percent of one group and 44 percent? of another group of presumed-to-be straight men responded to both gay and straight porn, and conclude that's an indicator of latent homosexual attraction for those men --then where would the human race be --if 62% of the men were preferring homosex? (80% in the one group --44 % in the other) (feel free to correct my math) we'd be husbandless and childless, most likely. Because, despite the push for gay adoption, MOST men haven't the desire to be "moms" in every sense of the word, doing a good job at that --can't seem to wake up in the middle of the night for the feedings--and also work hard during the day to make a living. Two parents are better with different roles. Heck, that's why so many women dump so many husbands --because they are fixated on their computer porn and their video games --and not helping with the kids and the house. If both have to work, both need to help at home. That’s fairness. I've always said that both should help with kids until they are in bed, no matter who is winning the bread. Children benefit by involvement with both the male and the female parent.
My life as a Mom and Wife is full -though they are grown and only one is still hanging on here at home-finishing a 2nd degree that hopefully gives a career --the functional home ideally is a loving mental health center like no other. Marriages work when men and women follow the biblical precepts on marriage --he loves her sacrificially --she respects and submits to his leadership. If he loves sacrificially that means she gets her way and ALSO leads A LOT! Because she is the "helpmeet" --not the slave to be subjugated. As he does, she has a brain, too. If she respects him, he's not apt to look outside the marriage for sex, love, OR respect --because it's in his house. that is, if HE'S following biblical precepts of fidelity and fleeing temptation to adultery of any orientation. (Sobriety, being free of alcohol's dulled inhibitions and poor judgment and nicotine's irritability helps.)
The man who is strong against temptation to sin is the strongest man of all. God wants to help us all be strong like that --even in this area of first homosexual thought and involvement.
You say you don't mind people being homosexual --but if you are raising children --do you really not care if someone tells them at school or on tv that they might happen to be homosexual --and should explore the possibility --and then would you not TRY to teach and chaperone such that your child will have a normal, hetero- sexual self-image --and incline him/her to make a hetero choice instead of allowing him to get involved during his immaturity with same-sex (or other)sexual exploration?? --especially with an experienced homosexual who sets out to teach him about gay sex? before he's even had a chance to find some confidence as a person? when he's adolescent? Do you want a confused pubescent/adolescent child whose libido is driving him all over the place to be craving and finding sexual experience of anykind? in particular, homo-sex?
Liberals think if we just condone all sexual lifestyles, that all will be well --no guilt. Fact is, people who go that route find it holds a lot of misery, social, physical, emotional, often economic -- that can't be covered with a leaky or fullproof condom.
According to one study (on NARTH website) the gays living in Europe, in more gay-tolerant countries, have just as much mental illness and use of counselors as the ones living here --who blame their troubles on society's homophobia.
Jesus gave us good advice: "A man should leave his parents and cleave to his wife."
An MD I know says homosexual orientation is not proven to be genetic by any research thus far. A father's role is critical in development of both boys and girls --and mothers, too, can do a lot of damage if they make their sons their 'girlfriends.' See my blogs on the topic. Homosexuals don't procreate in sufficient numbers to pass homosexual genes along. Science has explored all sorts of genetic rabbit trails and can't find the "missing link."
Maybe we have a gene for immorality and sin tendency--because, according to the Bible --we ALL got it in our human nature because of the first rebellion against God's expressed will.
We do know now that addictive substances and activities cause brain changes --my husband just told me about a patient who got over all his serious drug addictions immediately when he accepted Christ as his Savior --believed and repented and called on the Lord --in the context of pentecostal revival, i believe. His own grandfather gave up a nicotine habit easily--the cravings were just removed --when HE converted to Christ. The Bible does say, "Be ye transformed (changed?) by the renewing of your mind." This reformed smoker was a man of prayer who would rise early in the morning, every day, and pray for his family, friends, enemies and world.
"There is none righteous, no not one." "all have sinned and come short of God's glory."
For which we all need to repent. To do so, we need to agree about our sinful states --not condoning sin --not having pride parades for any of it.
God knows our struggles against sin and is willing to help by renewing our minds. Remorse is the first step. He'll do the rest.