Saturday, September 16, 2006

That's so Gay.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
-Mohandas Gandhi

I am in my car, released from the hells of a 60 hour course I was taking for work, when a white Ford Taurus catches my eye. The popular ichthus surrounding "WWJD" and then a sticker with stick figures of a man + woman = marriage dawn the rear bumper. I recall what a family member (who's occupation is as a youth minister at a local Christian church) once said about homosexual people; he asserted that though he considers their sexual orientation a sin, they are children of God nonetheless. So, what would Jesus do? Would he approve of legislation to deny God's children the ability to live "in sin." Now, I am no Christian, but this rhetoric seems like such hypocrisy.

Let me go to my favorite view - the biological one. Current evidence converges to suggest that homosexual people's brains are structured differently due to prenatal exposure to androgens. Now, let's take a look at a condition called congenital adrenal hyperlasia (an excessive exposure to androgens prenatally)there was a study (Money, Schwartz, and Lewis, 1984) that reviewed women with this condition - Here are the facts: 37% described themselves as homosexual, 40% as heterosexual, and 23% would not answer the question. Take the 23% out - homosexuality rises to 48%. (This is not the only study.) Can't forget the genetic surveys too (Baily & Pillard, 1991; Baily et al., 1993; Pattatucci, 1995), which suggest that there is an increased occurrence of homosexuality in families. (Twin studies of monozygotic twins reported a 52% rate.)

So, what does it all mean to us?

Once again, my ignorant governor has made his bigotry that more obvious. Missouri State University has recently adopted an addition to their anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation. Mr. Blunt expressed his disappointment: "Today's decision bows to the forces of political correctness. It was unnecessary and bad." Unnecessary and bad, huh? Treating others with the dignity and respect they deserve is an unnecessary policy?

Where is Bush's legislation for marriage by the way? Shouldn't his Christian Conservative base be pushing for this promise? How can one promise liberty and equality while promising restriction?


Anonymous said...

Damn, tell it girl.

fancythis said...

Well, to answer your question.
Yes, God would dissaprove of a bill allowing his children to live in sin.
It's a sin to have sex before you're married and while there are those that practice this anyway, and may be his children, it's still wrong and condemned by God.
Also, I believe that your family member may be using "child of God" a little too loosely.
Ovbiously, we cannot all be children of God. We are his creation, no doubt, but only those who repent of their sins, and "understand" the grace by which we have been saved, can truly call themselves children of God and therefore partake in the blessings of Heaven.
Now, to deter any unnecessary hatred from coming to me, I will say that that doesn't mean that those with homosexual tendencies cannot be "children of God" or Christians. It just means that, like any other sinner, they must avoid temptation, and not participate in that sin. While difficult, it is possible, as many overcome the hold sin has on us.
I like your quote by the way. Maybe what you don't understand is what Gandhi didn't understand either:
Christ was perfect. He came to this world, to live a perfect life and die for his people so that we may enjoy eternity with him. He is the only "prophet" whom death could not get a grip on which is more than what can be said for Gandhi and Muhammed and the like.
He didn't teach hatred, but love. Not hypocrisy, but truth. And yet, every one of us who believes is a hypocrite, why? Because we condemn the very sins we commit. It's the human condition. One day, though, he'll return, and because I believe, I'll be called up to heaven with him. So, no, we're not like Christ, but neither was Gandhi, nor you, nor anyone in this world. NO ONE is free of sin, except for Christ.
I'm so glad he died for me.

Anonymous said...

How would you know what God would disapprove of?

fancythis said...

Well anonymous, the Bible is very specific on what God dissaproves of. That's how I know. It's where our (and by our, I mean those practicing Christians) morals come from, which I would like to point out, were mostly adopted by our fore-fathers in the establishment of law in this country.