Sunday, March 29, 2015

Libido Redux: Homosexuality and the Ongoing Spiritual Culture War

It has been my experience that nothing seems to stir up the culture wars faster than the subject of homosexuality.  Some see this lifestyle as being no different than any other lifestyle, and as a matter of a civil rights issue parallel to the 1960’s and Martin Luther King. “Who are we to tell anyone else how to live?” “Jesus never spoke about it”, etc.  On the other side, you have a group of people who think that homosexual sexual acts are an abomination in the eyes of the Lord, and it should never be allowed at any time. Is it natural to put a sexual organ and its emissions into the digestive system of same sex partners, or should sexual organs only be put into complementary sexual organs of the opposite sex?  Who’s right? Bishop Fulton Sheen once said about right and wrong, "Right is right, even if no one is right.  Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is wrong."
Sacred Scripture records in Genesis 19:24 that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. This is where the term sodomite was coined.  Why?  The people who say that homosexuality is not sinful don’t really have a good answer for this, but some say it was because of a lack of hospitality by Lot.  Tradition says that it was because of immorality, pure and simple.  Sacred Scripture condemns homosexuality in Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, & 1 Timothy 8-10.  Notice, however, that it does not condemn homosexuals. St. Matthew 21:31 reads that harlots will be entering the kingdom of heaven before self-righteous hypocrites, and the same could be said of homosexuals. The problem here though, is that they have to first repent of their homosexual sinful acts, which they don’t even recognize as being sinful.  
Asa I explain at great length in my book, neomodernists don’t understand why anyone would invoke the teachings of Scripture regarding homosexual sex acts in the 21st century, as if to say that as a consequence of the sexual revolution we are all enlightened now, as if to say that people who believe what God has revealed are out of step with the current realities of the modern world and “enlightenment”.   As we read in Genesis 3, the devil is only too happy for people to make up their own moral codes based on what they “feel” is right.  6 billion people on earth with 6 billion different moral codes – a demon’s delight. 
Often, in bygone years those with the homosexual orientation would opine, “What we do in the privacy of our own home is no one else’s business, so leave us alone”.
Now, however, this “privacy of our own home” argument has morphed into an argument of society has to accept our lifestyle as normal and equal to marriage, and we will sue you, publish your names and addresses, and demonstrate angrily if you publicly come out against us.”  “Believe like us, OR ELSE YOU GET IT!”  Homosexual activists have set up this straw man that says “If you disagree with our agenda on homosexual marriage, then that means you hate us.” This is not the truth. Disagreement on an important societal issue like marriage equals hate?  What if we all did that – “You disagree with me on raising taxes, public transportation, or health care, and therefore you hate me, and I will take it out on you accordingly.”

Appropriately, the one obstacle standing in the way of the homosexual agenda is the Catholic Church.   Their goal seems to be to portray the Church as being out of step with reality.  The Catechism teaches that sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is always sinful, no matter how loud the voices are coming from the homosexual community and liberal politicians.  
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

If homosexual hookups are so normal right and good in the first place, why is a condom even necessary?  Maybe because they are not normal, right and good.  They don’t lead to procreation, the chief reason God invented sex in the first place (“Go forth and multiply, He said in Genesis 1:28).  Homosexuals have to recruit new homosexuals to keep up their lifestyle. Think back on how the homosexuals who infiltrated the Catholic priesthood took advantage of altar boys over a 50 year period.
In short, homosexuality is not a normal state of life.  Everyone, including homosexuals, must overcome lust.  No one gets a pass on this task.  Lust is sinful, whether it is homosexual lust or heterosexual lust. And everyone is called to celibacy that is not married to a person of the opposite sex.  Homosexuals are not to be hated or assailed; they are to be loved and prayed for.  A great strategy is that we do all of the praying, and we leave all of the judging to God.  And when they insult us and maybe even spit on us, we are to do just like Jesus did during the Passion – Turn the other cheek and ask God to forgive them. Why?  Because no servant is greater than his Master (John 13:16).  Jesus said that they hated Him, and they will hate us too if we follow Him (John 15:18).  That prophecy of Jesus is certainly being fulfilled today in this battle for the hearts and minds of the world concerning homosexuality and the homosexual agenda.