“If you live life as an active homosexual, on the other hand, you may have the greatest time in the world for a time and perhaps even years together, but this will ultimately lead to misery and destroy the promise of your humanity. We are not simply talking about heavenly rewards, here. We are talking about what you will experience in this life, albeit down the road far enough that you cannot see it yet.”
The ultimate misery of homosexuality is, in fact, what every longitudinal study reveals. An active homosexual life most often results in shortened life span, prevalence of disease, drug and alcohol abuse, and relationships that are brief and emotionally hurtful, with little hope of fidelity, and a high occurrence of violent abuse. The chances of a person committing suicide are also greatly increased.
The gay community will now start screaming–sorry, that’s what the data says. We can agree to the lie you want to propagate all day long and in every legal manner imaginable, but the truth simply won’t go away.
If I did not believe this, I would never—and I do mean never—recommend to someone attracted to the same sex to do his or her best to live a straight life, and, if that proves impossible, to live a celibate life. (Same sex attraction often exists alongside opposite sex attraction, and, as Camille Paglia often remarks from her own experience as a lesbian, the boundaries of sexuality are rarely as fixed as the homosexual community likes to pretend. Some people with a degree of same sex attraction can, in fact, live successful straight lives, and they are far better off doing so.)
Those who are only attracted to the same sex must remain celibate. That’s a hard thing to tell anyone, but if we aren’t willing to say this we will have substituted being “nice” for the practice of Christian charity, which is always realistic and tough-minded. A celibate life is, in a sense, a life of perpetual fasting. It’s not impossible, as we know from religious and others who have done it, but it’s a challenge—a prospect that might have crushed my spirit if I had faced it as a fourteen year-old. Every possible pastoral resource ought to be employed in dealing with this condition. Teenagers who bully others for their gay tendencies ought to have the wrath of God brought down on them.
Still, I do believe what I have said about the disordered nature of homosexuality. I believe the collective lie of gay marriage will bring about increasing infringements of religious liberty and soon enough outright persecution. As the leaders of the Velvet Revolution like the late-Vaclav Havel preached, the only way to counter and free oneself from tyranny is to “live in the truth.” Seven states and counting have now committed themselves to living a lie by legalizing gay marriage. This has been done under the aegis of “civil rights.”
The state cannot grant a right not given by God, because God is the source of rights, not the state. Once we decide that rights are governmental entitlements, as we are doing now in practice, we must simultaneously commit ourselves to oppressing the truth for the sake of maintaining our collective lie. That is a truly horrifying prospect, as anyone who has studied life under totalitarianism knows.
We’d better start saying, “Jesus wants gays to be happy”; and we’d better start explaining how this is true, as well as the horrific consequences if we turn away from this truth.
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