I ventured outside today, and since it is only 97* right now, it feels cool. Yesterday it was 104* on my car thermometer. Those can be inaccurate of course, but it felt hotter yesterday. Today could hardly be considered normal weather for June in Indiana. It's dad-blame HOT.
Someone commented today, as is often the case, with instructions about how "wrong" I am to be gay-supportive. I was glad to publish the comment as well as write a short reply, since today I have the time to do so. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/2012/06/im-jealous.html - look for today's date. While I have no wish that families break up, I repeat and say again: Being gay is not sinful.
There is real tragedy when mixed-orientation marriages happen. Especially when the people getting married are not fully honest when they enter into marriage. It's usually the false hope by the gay person that with love and enough commitment, the same-sex attractions will be suppressed. Sometimes they have been counseled by well-meaning Christians that if they pray, dedicate "the problem" to the Lord, and never act on their desires, that the desires will go away/dissipate. Sometimes the gay person is asked to be accountable to someone "overseeing" them. They are asked to give up computer passwords, facebook pages, and account for spare time - all with the expectation that they won't be GAY any more. It doesn't work. Eventually, whether or not they "act" on their desires, there are consequences. Either there is an affair, or psychological breakdown, or simply a loss of emotion - and it's not how anyone should live.
While I know that some may not agree, many don't have my perspective. I know the feelings I've lived through, and I know what my life has been. I know how hot it is outside, and I know how it felt yesterday. I know.
If you want me to read what Leviticus says, well, that's an old book, written when times and the culture was vastly different than today. And there are LOTS of things we disregard in Leviticus and the rest of the Bible. We eat shrimp and pork, and we work (drive cars, play games, and throw footballs - i.e. pig skins) on Sunday. There was a time when tomatoes were "forbidden fruit." No more. Divorce is legal. I don't wear dresses all the time. I cut my hair. When I let it grow long, I've been known to plait it. I wear rings - GOLD rings that don't signify marriage! http://biblia.com/books/nasb95/1Ti2.8-10 I am female, I'm not married, I live on my own, and I handle my own affairs - new ideas to the 20th Century.
It may appear to you as scandalous, but when it comes to likening being gay with what people point out in the Bible, I disregard those arguments. While you may disregard me, I have this to say:
Here are some simple reasons that justify my position, and I don't care to write a long defense on these statements.
1 - In Genesis, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is probably the story of same-sex rape.
2 - Don't point to Leviticus to prove your point, unless you adhere to ALL the rest of the rules/law in the entire Old Testament. Even if you do, those who are glbt are just who they are. Leave them alone.
3 - Jesus never talked about homosexuality. Period.
4 - I accept life, and things happen. It's rough and I don't like all of it. I just have to go forward and stand up for gay people. A lot of them are Christian, some are not.
5 - I choose to be Christian. I didn't choose my sexual orientation, nor do others choose theirs.