Anonymous said: So basically, I'm being hinted by my church (RC) that LGBT people's "same sex attractions" are the result of the fall of human nature by original sin and that we've got an extra cross to carry by this. Basically, if original justice was not null and void, we wouldn't have to deal with this. Usually, I eschew Side B Theology and I apologize for the slew of questions and support I have been asking pertaining to this topic. This got me thinking though. What do you think?
LGBT people have an extra cross to bear, but it’s not being LGBT: it’s loving and forgiving those who intentionally do us harm and say all sorts of evil things about us. This is a heavy cross, but it helps us build character and be better people and better Christians.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu sums up my thoughts on the Calvinist/Augustinian derived anti-LGBT theology you question in this quote:
"I can’t for the life of me imagine that God would say, ‘I will punish you because you are black; you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman; you should have been a man. I punish you because you are homosexual; you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t, I can’t for the life of me believe that that is how God sees things."
Neither can I.
Roman Catholic teaching on sexuality overall is archaic and intrusive. Sexual diversity is part of God’s plan, and a person’s understanding and discernment of the intricacies of this private issue as it relates to the consenting adults with whom they associate romantically is not for anyone to judge.
The Church is sinning when it intrudes upon the relationships of consenting adults and neglects the poor, the environment, seeking to transform unjust structures of society, conserving finite resources such as water, and ending war. Trust me, God is infinitely more concerned with how we handle those issues than what’s in your partner’s pants. God isn’t trivial-minded like we are.
Anonymous said: Even though by definition I'm a Christian, I feel that I'm not really a very "religious" person. Does that even nake sense?
Going to church regularly and doing the rituals is great, but that’s not the heart of our faith. True religion is caring for those most vulnerable (James 1:27). If you do good, you’re religious.
Anonymous said: I want to keep my faith in Jesus, but I also don't want to be called a Christian anymore. I just don't know what to do...
We know that some so-called Christians give other Christians a bad name. But we have to reclaim our faith. Those who say being LGBT is wrong, those who ruin our environment, those who perpetuate an economy of exclusion, and those who warmonger do not have a patent on our faith. Actually, they’re as unchristian as one can be.
Lift your voices and let it be known that we don’t stand with them. Let people know that your faith calls you to be LGBT affirming, to love your neighbor, to protect the environment, and to seek to transform unjust structures of society. Let’s reclaim our faith.
bre8457 said: Can you please keep me in your thoughts as I am trying to work on being myself at my employer?
EVERYONE, please keep this viewer in your prayers. My friend, be yourself: everyone else is taken. Don’t worry about what anyone else says or thinks. You’re great just the way you are. -E
Quick reminder that I love all of you and you can talk to me about anything. Though I’m temporarily cutting back blogging to get things in order, I’ll take time out of my day to answer your questions or pray for you.