A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending an event with work that promoted LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) issues among young people. I met some really great interesting people and heard some incredible stories of struggle and success from a group of very brave young people who stood up and shared their hearts in a hall full of adults. Many of the speakers had obviously battled with adversity and become stronger better people because of it.
I need to state a couple of facts:
- I believe that acts of sex outside heterosexual marriage are wrong.
- I believe that the Church should be loving and accepting of all people.
If you disagree with either of those two statements feel free to take me up on it but that really isn’t the point of this blog. I am writing it to try and get my head round the whole gay issue because I find it really provoking and confusing.
Ok, if you take somebody who has a problem with anger they would probably be quite happy if their anger issue was solved. If, through their relationship with God, they found more peace and patience were not as angry as they used to be then they and those around them would be quite chuffed.
However, if you take somebody who is gay who would like to be married to/live with someone they love then my first statement suggests that would be wrong. I would be equating it to any other sin such as anger, selfishness, greed. However, if I proposed that they try and deal with it then I might be denying the essence of the person they are or have become and therefore am not accepting of them.
Many gay people would say that their sexuality is a huge part of who they are and their identity. If it were the other way round and there was a group of people discussing how they could change my sexuality I would find that abhorrent.
Hmmm…I have more to say on this but need to think it through…