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The Lengthening Shadow of Pro-Gay Theology

The Lengthening Shadow of Pro-Gay Theology

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Published by Thom Hunter
When I was first struggling with same-sex attraction -- back in the days when such a thing was referred to only with slurs and obscene labels -- I never said a word. I dug in and I dug deeper. I soothed my guilt by seeking some kind of justification. I covered shame by projecting purity. I stood on a tightrope doing what was right because I loved God and doing what was wrong because I loved the world too. People pretty much took me at my carefully-crafted word and I moved on, breathing silent sighs of relief, stealthily maneuvering the double life until the inevitable crash and burn. Putting it in relevance to today's society, it now seems like such a tedious spiral, not so much necessary today since we, as Christians, have stood by and watched as pretty much all of the "stigma" of truth has been stripped of any power to persuade people to at least explore the possibility that the path on which they are tiptoeing is not God-ordained.
When I was first struggling with same-sex attraction -- back in the days when such a thing was referred to only with slurs and obscene labels -- I never said a word. I dug in and I dug deeper. I soothed my guilt by seeking some kind of justification. I covered shame by projecting purity. I stood on a tightrope doing what was right because I loved God and doing what was wrong because I loved the world too. People pretty much took me at my carefully-crafted word and I moved on, breathing silent sighs of relief, stealthily maneuvering the double life until the inevitable crash and burn. Putting it in relevance to today's society, it now seems like such a tedious spiral, not so much necessary today since we, as Christians, have stood by and watched as pretty much all of the "stigma" of truth has been stripped of any power to persuade people to at least explore the possibility that the path on which they are tiptoeing is not God-ordained.

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The Lengthening Shadow of Pro-GayTheology
 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their earsaway from the truth and turn aside to myths. -- I Timothy 4:3-4
 SPOILER ALERT:
Pro-gay theology is untrue.I remember a time, way back in the '70s, when I had an ah-hah moment and itseemed obvious to me that the people around me -- especially my fellowChristians -- had somehow avoided the truth about homosexuality. Out of their in-bred squeamishness and hammered-in desire to look right and be right in theeyes of others, they were failing to see the obvious, the truth that was longinglyclear to me. . . because of me. That truth? That God had made us all uniqueand that for me and many others, that uniqueness meant we were designed,even in His image, to be gay. In other words, if I
 feel 
this way, I
am
this wayand if I
am
this way, I will
be
this way. It was a brief moment of unrealreality. In time, at a time that often seems too late to turn around, the ah-hahturns into oh-no, which can turn into oh-well as we sink into a realization of resignation.
 
In the simpler '70s -- the tell-it-like-it-is days -- there was little support for athat position. Christians, coarsely and clumsily perhaps, were clear on the issue.So was God,, through His Word. The evidence was overwhelming and theacceptance of homosexuality was pretty much limited to the non-Christiancrowd. Gay and affirming were two words not worthy of a hyphen. As time passed, emboldened ones learned to disguise deep deceits as simple truths.So lets build a life on feelings. Whoa . . . whoa . . . whoa . . . feelings.Feelings over truth.Desires over doctrine.Collective deceit over self-denial.Besides, don't you know, don'ts are so depressing. The search is on for the birdsof a feather, as there's a flock for everything these days.Years earlier, as a little boy, I took a stroll through a Halloween carnival. Iremember a booth where we had to put on blindfolds and reach into bucketsand pick up objects and identify them through feeling them. In the environmentof the darkening night and the musings of a searching mind, innocent everydayobjects became everything from animal guts to eyeballs to elements of torture.That's what they
 felt 
like. Guesses, right or wrong, were rewarded with candy.A life built on feelings leads to a slow strangling, trying to swallow intangiblesin efforts to convince ourselves that we are on some divine path . . . or, failingthat, convince ourselves that there is no divinity. If that be the case, thenindeed, why not let feelings rule? We can become rulers over our personally-designed kingdoms, dropping the drawbridge and throwing open the doors towords that match our mind's eye on the things that matter to us . . . and boltingthe doors tight to keep out thoughts and ideas -- and truths -- that might hurt . . .our feelings.I wish it were that innocent: just a little pouting over petty disagreements,rather than people determinedly self-drowning themselves in deep deceit whilethe keepers of the life-rafts check the equipment and position themselves on thedeck to be ready if needed, not aware that misled souls are dropping overboardin silence. Why do we think we need to watch people wear themselves outdashing between the dance partners of the culture and the church until finallywe hear some near-death scream of desperation and have to make a decisionwhether to cut the rope to which they cling or haul them in?
 
Granted, when I was first struggling with same-sex attraction -- back in thedays when such a thing was referred to with slurs and obscene labels -- I never said a word. I dug in and I dug deeper. I soothed my guilt by seeking some kindof justification. I covered shame by projecting purity. I stood on a tightropedoing what was right because I loved God and doing what was wrong because Iloved the world too. People pretty much took me at my carefully-crafted wordand I moved on, breathing silent sighs of relief, stealthily maneuvering thedouble life until the inevitable crash and burn. Putting it in relevance to today'ssociety, it now seems like such a tedious spiral, not so much necessary todaysince we, as Christians, have stood by and watched as pretty much all of the"stigma" of truth has been stripped of any power to persuade people to at leastexplore the possibility that the path on which they are tiptoeing is not God-ordained.In the constant celebration of self that inhabits this era of enlightenment, thelove of truth has been dismantled by those who have re-labeled it as hate. It'ssupposed to be that
not 
showing love is the clanging of a cymbal, but somehowthat has been reversed so that when we look into the eyes of a bewildered andsearching man or woman and share the truth, the pro-gay theology bunch --who have been busy spinning scriptural wishful-thinking -- come pouncingforth, pronouncing disagreement as homophobia and compassion as hate andeveryone goes all deaf due to the roar of confusion. It's no wonder -- though thelack of resolve is depressing -- that Christians just look for other problems tosolve.Already we were woefully weak in our efforts to help the uncertain ones whowere still trying to find out what the Bible really says and means. The recordwas dismal even before the pro-gay "theologians" realized they could usurp the position and play with the Word of God just enough to suddenly themselveslook like the compassionate ones, curling their pointing finger to lure theexhausted with promises of finding out finally that they can live as they wereintended and shake off all the weight of centuries of Biblical ignorance. It's anempty promise that allows one to live as he wants, restlessly ruling over akingdom of his own design, sitting on a throne that depends on loyalty andfaithfulness to self, always searching for a way to keep himself satisfied as bothsubject and emperor.They're not told of the sorrow that eventually unfolds in the life of anyChristian who puts anything above God. Yes, we all do it, but in the self-defined kingdom there is no route to repentance. Restoration only comes

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