[quote=mtr01 As I understand the Church’s position, homosexuals are not evil, homosexual acts are. A homosexual could remain in good standing with the Church as long as he or she remained celibate. The act itself is unnatural and sinful, however to desire them is a (decidedly homosexual) desire. It’s like a degree above premarital sex between a man and a woman. One may desire it, but as long as we haven’t acted on it, we haven’t commited the sin of lust. That’s leads to why gay marriage is to be condemned by the Church. By seeking marriage rights, they are trying to hijack a sacramental institution which is designed to bring a man and a woman together for the procreation and nurturing of a family. There is nothing procreative in homosexual acts, and by trying to gain marriage rights, they are trying to legitimize their sex…in essence seeking approval in engage in sinful and unnatural behavior.
Yes, in my original post I misspoke. I am aware of this teaching of the church. Homosexuals are not evil, acting on homosexual desire is. However what I meant to say is I have difficulty seeing homosexuality as evil. Disordered yes, abnormal yes, maybe misdirected yes. But evil…well as I said, I have difficutly.
Given the nature of the churches teaching, what we ask of our homosexual brothers and sisters is that they live out thier lives without succumbing to the tremendous need of intimacy with another human being that most of us not only enjoy but base our life here on earth on. Christians ask of the homosexual to live a life alone, void of any chance of human intimacy. I know this is not impossible, but it must be terribly lonely and painful. I seldom hear this view mentioned or addressed. We just say, get over it.
I’m in the camp of believing it is a biological issue, not a learned or environment one (at least for many). Therefore I don’t think they can just train themselves in some way into becoming heterosexual.
For the homosexuals that remain celebate, they are carrying a cross of a magnitue that the majority of us hopefully will never have to. For those that succumb, my heart and prayers goes out to them.
Many Christians seem to find it easy to look negatively, as opposed to compassionately on our homosexual brothers and sisters in Christ. (I’m not refering to this thread, just generally speaking). When I witness this I feel shame and sorrow.