By Skip Chatterson - June 3, 2014
The culture of America is indeed shifting and recently I began to ask myself, if I was indeed going to be on the wrong side of history. The question is particularly about lifestyles of the LGBTQ community. I began to question: Is everything I thought was right, really right? Has my ideology concerning those of the LGBTQ community been formed by generations of people who perhaps didn’t understand these people? The press is glorifying the LGBTQ community every chance they get–see Michael Sam kiss boyfriend on ESPN, which was orchestrated by the Oprah network. Conservative sites I trust seem to be getting in line with the LGBTQ movement. In a recent story about a couple who is raising their little girl as a boy (because as the parents stated “As soon as Ryland could speak, she would scream, ‘I’m a boy!’”) The Blaze contended: Scientific studies have shown that genes influence gender preference and differences in the brains of homosexuals and heterosexuals have been noted as well.
What is a conservative Catholic or Orthodox Christian to think?
Starting with the story from The Blaze, I am surprised they actually used this study as a basis for stating “studies show genes influence gender preferences”. When you evaluate the article, it says the gene MAY be linked to gender preference. The study makes it’s claim because out of 40 gay brothers, 33 had similar genetic markers. REALLY!! They are brothers! You know, made up of the same genes. I did not see where they used heterosexual males to find out how many of them have the same marker, just studied gay men and their families. In other words this study has no normative population to compare against, just people of similar genetic make up.
Another study using identical twins suggests homosexuality is not genetic:
“Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%,” Dr. Whitehead notes. But the studies reveal something else. “If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women (The US study showed less correlation: same-sex attraction concordance between identical twins was only 7.7% for males and 5.3% for females).”
Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. “No-one is born gay,” Dr. Whitehead notes. “The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors.”
Finding a definitive biological reason for homosexuality may be difficult. Explaining homosexuality in biological terms could be as hard as explaining why some men prefer women with large breasts, or better yet, why some men prefer women with smaller breasts (since they would be the outliers, but they do exist). It’s a preference, not a choice, but certainly not biological either. What is it in a person’s life/experiences that makes them like/crave one trait over another? Why do some people go crazy over feet? This is all the same question, but isn’t necessarily answered within the DNA (I don’t think there is a gene trait or marker for a foot fetish).
Now let’s go into the religious arena, an area that has become very controversial. Some gay people are using “quotes” from a bible to prove Christ’s followers were OK with gay lifestyles:
It also leaves open the strong probability that God intended the 5% of humans who are same sex attracted to be same sex partnered. This belief is based on 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 where the principle of partnership is stated.
“To avoid fornication, everyone (except those gifted with celibacy) should have an orientation compatible partner.”
The only problem with the above statement is, I can not find that wording in any version of the Bible. I used my New American Bible (Catholic), looked into the King James version and many other versions of 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 all being very similar in wording or meaning, none coming close to the above version.
One thing gay proponents have correct within faith is Jesus never discussed homosexuality. He didn’t have to, Judaism already described it as a sin so Jesus didn’t have to address it, unless he would proclaim it to be natural, which he did not. Jesus lived and preached a life from within the Jewish faith, although he was sent not only to save us from sin, but to take religion and faith in a slightly different direction then the Mosaic law. Jesus was the new commandment, but that isn’t to say that he threw everything away from Jewish faith history previous to him. Jesus defined marriage, when asked about divorce, by reaffirming Genesis 1-2:
Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female [Genesis 1:27], and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” [Genesis 2:24]? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.
Jesus wasn’t asked about homosexuality, however he did define marriage as one man and one woman (not polygamy as was a practice before Christ’s time). Homosexuality was known to be wrong so the chief priests didn’t have to ask about that, but Jesus seemed to have a more conservative/fundamental view of marriage and divorce than Mosaic law had established and indeed Jesus did have a more conservative ruling.
Some Christian denominations (like the ELCA Lutheran church) do allow for gay marriages or civil unions, so what of these churches? Homosexuality is viewed as a sin, much in the way pornography or taking part in strip joints is. Would any of theses churches allow a strip show or a porno flick to be shown in their houses of worship? If the mission of a church is to help it’s flock stay away from sin, how then is allowing gay marriages any different from my absurd examples?
Should we be allowed to discriminate against anybody known to be gay or transgendered? We should only discriminate against them as much as we would any other person of sin, in other words, if we are sinless then let us cast the first stone. Does that mean we must condone their actions and be forced to make wedding cakes for gay weddings—NO. We should obviously attempt with all our might to stay away from sin and not condone sinful pleasures or actions, including our own.
To answer the question that is the title—YES, we should continue to defend traditional marriage and continue to teach our children right from wrong.