DISCUSSION THREAD: “Good Theology Should Guide the Heart. Not Replace It.”
MAN, I thought. That’s it. That’s the problem and the solution that I’ve been grappling with down to the freakin’ BONE.
I kept thinking of that as I got involved in an online conversation this last week. Somehow the topic of homosexuality came up. Now sometimes I like to sit back and listen to conversations about homosexuality that straight people have to see if we’ve come any distance at all. The person, in this instance a deacon, who responded to the “cause” of homosexuality gave a very detailed, thorough list of what a person does for God to turn him or her over to “unnatural lusts.”
It wasn’t that the response was necessarily wrong, just grievously incomplete and handed over with the certainty that this is the answer and if you think there’s more, well, then, you’re someone who thinks they’re wise, but acting like a fool. I read the response and just shook my head. He was being just as hardheaded, wrong, insensitive and foolish as those who challenged the thoughts that began this conversation. I still said nothing.
Then I wondered, do we, as Christians who deal with SSA, have a responsibility here? Since straight people don’t often seem to understand the nature of our struggles, do we need to explain it to them? How do we do that if we often don’t understand it ourselves? (Do we receive from the process of explaining?) Is it just something that we’re in a better position to explain to unknowing straight people who wish to learn? Or is the witness to what Christ has done and is doing in our lives a responsibility we should not ignore?
What do you think?