Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


August 28, 2012

Lion and the Lamb: You were born 'that' way

CROSSVILLE — In college I took a class in advanced psychology, early in the morning. The professor remarked: "If you are a parent who has a child who, at an early age, is using their left hand, you must force that child to use their right hand. We live in a right-handed world, and a left-handed child will grow up to be a frustrated adult and will not be normal."

I thought the professor was simply trying to keep students awake. Then I realized he was very serious.

A quick research of some who were or are left-handed reveals: eight presidents, Mark Twain, Leonardo da Vinci, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer, Larry Bird, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Phil Mickelson, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, This list could go on and on.

Recalling the professor's non-scientific statement, I believe for some people it is the type of "reasoning" voiced in their comments toward humans who happen to be gay or lesbian.

As a retired clergyperson, I am saddened that some individuals within the Christian faith have taught and preached that "homosexual people choose their lifestyle because they are either mentally sick or morally deprived." At times the "word" from some churches is that homosexuality is "inherently evil."

Some religious people would cite a passage from Leviticus from the Hebrew Bible as the solution to the "problem": "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they shall be put to death." In Deuteronomy, death by stoning is for both the man and the woman who commit adultery. (Please read again the way Jesus deals with the woman caught in the act of adultery, as described in John 8:3-11).

A bride who is found not to be a virgin is to be stoned to death. Yet male virginity at marriage is never mentioned. The Hebrew Bible allowed a man to have many wives, and did not disapprove of a woman living with a man to whom she was not married. Friends, you can even select passages from both Testaments of the Bible where slavery was normal, and not categorically condemned.

We all can find a passage that would support our particular point of view. However, my view as a Christian is that we are called to apply the love ethic of Jesus to sexual mores in our society.

Americans are obsessed with issues concerning human sexuality. My view toward the issue: "What consenting adults choose to do is their business." Period. It is not the business of family, or neighbor, or employer, or faith communities, or government. Period. Our energy is being sapped by our obsession with gay marriage.

A perspective on this lifestyle was offered by David Horsey, editorial cartoonist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He shows the man of the house spying through binoculars on the next-door neighbors, two men. He says: "First they were gardening, then they cleaned house and now they're sitting at the kitchen table paying bills!" His distraught wife covers their son's eyes and shouts: "Lordy! Those hedonistic homo perverts are pretending to be married! Don't let the children see!"

Another point of view comes from a gay man who, when asked about gay marriage, said, "Well, it's fine with me as long as they don't make it compulsory."

Most in the medical profession have stated that humans are born either homosexual or heterosexual. People no more choose their sexual orientation than they choose to be left-handed. So, what shall we do with those who are gay or lesbian or left-handed? Shall we stone them, or force them to change, or shall we accept them as they are: humans, created in the image of God?

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