First of all, not being able to control who you "love" is nonsense. People become monogamous in marriage, which is not "natural", especially for men. No one reasonably expects married people to act uncontrollably -- or rather writhe in lust and agony when they meet someone they "feel" is more attractive to their current mate. And sometimes that impulse very strong, very, very pervasive
, but we control that impulse most of the time. You tell yourself no, because if you apply the "just want to be happy" criterion, you're going to need an attorney, unless your mate is particularly broad minded. Most of your life will be a time when you are controlling very powerful sexual emotions -- this is only a question of what criteria you choose.
So I find the "I have a sexual desire, and I need to fulfill it, or I will become X or Y" is really nonsense.
Second, that ministries see homosexual behavior as sinful/destructive, etc. and try to proselytize people away from that lifestyle is natural. The poisoning the well technique of finding the failures, and posting screen grabs of A Clockwork Orange
isn't addressing anything other than a collective paranoia.
Originally posted by tonton
"There are more scriptures dealing with divorce than homosexuality, yet, today, Christians give each other the freedom of personal interpretation regarding divorce."
....is absolutely correct. And quite frankly, until the evangelicals, etc., who have reduced the Christian life to a mystical relationship with a cosmic penpal, whose cultural trianing for men consists of the intellectual equivalent of the The Nashville Network
, who put a three-bar, minor-chord, swooning praise chorus in place of systematic theology, who can't be bothered to do anything else than play with themselves rather than lead by example, need to lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way, because there is nothing worse than a phony, preachy hypocrite.
People coming to the church selling a weekend marriage seminars, like 48 hours of pep talks and "date night" will cure 36 years of drinking out of the ESPN toiletbowl and give them a cultural purchase that they can live with. All the while the evangelicals have a poorer record in marriage than most other groups.
I get too irritated to even post about this.