[quote=Daniel Kane]The root of sexual sin, like all sin is an internal defect in the personality of the person. For the most part, this is pride but can also be vanity and or sensuality.
Many in the U.S. are too proud to think the Church (whose sole purpose for existence is to save souls) knows best about behavior that will or will not result in eternal life is the root of a lot.
So it is easy to see pride as a root defect in communities that promote sin.
Take individual with an unnatural attraction to the same sex. Pride manifests itself most bluntly in Gay Pride Day (where one shows pride by sharing publicly their preferred sexual behavior). Or that it is ok to wallow in same sex attraction because “God made them that way”, again pride. There are innumerable forms of genetic defects and most people want them corrected or at least they do not exploit an injury as a justification for sin. Or the concept that one good deed (say being a foster parent) trumps a big sin (say fornication). All aspects of pride.
The exact same thing can be said about co-habitation, pornography, ignoring the poor, contempt for the leadership of the Church, etc.
The root of all grave sin is the concept that “I know more than God and or his Church about (insert favorite sin here).”
So there is no hypocrisy. Just the same defect (pride) being manifested by different behavior (some sexual, some by displaced adulation).
One of the best posts I’ve seen on the subject. I hope everyone reads this at least twice.
If you get to the ROOT of the sin, rather than the outward manifestation, you see a lot of common ground whether the sin is a sexual practice or stealing something. It is a ‘worship of false gods’ which may be demonstrated in elevating one’s sexual proclivities above all else in life. Or it might be in elevating money or status to a godlike status. Being proud, haughty or arrogant is elevating oneself above God. Sins are just same song, different verse.