I think the word taboo is hilarious. We have made ourselves afraid to mention certain subjects to each other, it’s ridiculous.
It’s also funny how the things that are taboo change over the centuries. Sex used to be taboo, now it’s barely even taboo in PG movies. It used to be taboo to mention many parts of the body, that’s gone too. I’ll grant you some taboos are just silly, but I notice that among many people it is now taboo to talk about important issues.
I’ve been in a few different churches in my short time, and there are certain subjects that you can be sure will not be brought up very often, and when they are people react, and that scares the youth directors so much that they shun the topics after that.
It may not surprise you to know that I’ve never particularly cared about whether anyone wanted me to speak up about some issues, if they get brought up and I don’t hear anyone else saying what’s right, I go for it.
It’s not because I like making people angry at me, or enjoy making them uncomfortable, but I feel that it is lying to them to pretend that there’s not more to an issue than what they are saying or believing.
There are two or three main taboo subjects, and they are, possibly in this order, 1. Homosexuality; 2. abortion; 3. Politics.
Okay, at this point some people would be going “Oh she did not just bring up all three of those! This is going to mean war!”
And others would be going “Finally, something really relevant to talk about.”
At least this is what usually happens when this stuff gets brought up.
My opinions on all three subjects will surprise no one, but I think I should prelude by saying I’ve heard many different opinions on all subjects, and I think I know the opposition’s standpoint fairly well.
And honestly I have considered in the past that they may be right, but as I grow more, I get more convinced of the truth.
Let’s start with the first one, why is this such a taboo subject? Really, think about it. On one side of the spectrum we have the people who encourage it, who are trying to get children in school to identify with it, (that is so freaking wrong, by the way, even if it was for hetero-sexualism, sex should not be brought up in elementary school, period.) At the other end we have people who think it is an abomination against nature, and in some religions it will get you killed.
So, I mean, why can’t we all just get along? This is no big deal? There’s right on both sides… right?
Obviously I’m being sarcastic, because I think it’s clear that with two such extremes, they cannot both be right.
I don’t favor killing anybody over this issue, I think that is wrong and taking it way too far, and I think that about any matter of belief. But my concern is that many people feel like their hands are tied when it comes to this taboo. If they are in favor of homosexuality, then they can have the honor of being like the majority of people in the public eye, but at least no one will accuse them of being a hater. If you speak against it, people get angry at you. I should know.
Interestingly, when people argue for it, they don’t usually tell me it’s right. They say something like “Well if two people love each other, then they should be together.” Or “I was born that way, God must have made me that way.” (This is in the church.) On the non-religious front, I hear things like “They should be able to express themselves however they want.” Or “There is no right answer.”
Okay, I can’t discuss all of these reasons in the same post, but I’ll address the first one because to me it seems one of the saddest.
Not that love has to be sad. But I find the reasoning faulty. We all know that sometimes people think they love someone and marry them, and then realize it was a mistake. Girls get pregnant out-of-wedlock because boys claim to love them. Women stay with abusive jerks because they love them. Men make mistakes because they think they are in love, they just aren’t talked about as often.
All these examples are sad, and they also prove that many human beings don’t really know what love is.
Yet you use it as a justification for such a major issue of morality?
The point is not to shame everyone who ever made a mistake about love, it’s better to error because of love than to never love and still error.
According to the Word, true love wants the best for the beloved. It rejoices not in sin, but rejoices in truth. It bears all things, believes the best, hopes for the best, and endures all things. Love does not demand its own way. It never fails.
When love is like that, then it might weigh in the balance, but statistically, homosexual love is no better than any other kind of human love when it comes to being unselfish. The couples don’t usually stay together. They, I would say, don’t show as much respect to other people.
Even if they were saints when it comes to loving each other, it still ignores one very important matter.
If you are a Christian then you are bound to do what the Bible says; it goes with the turf. If you are not a Christian, then your choices are on your own head, but if you are one, can we really keep ignoring what both the Old Testament and the New Testament teach about the issue?
Romans 1:24-28 talks about how unnatural and ungodly the act of homosexuality is. I am merely quoting it. I did not come up with this idea myself.
But I have to challenge myself and every Christian with this question:
If we really believe that Jesus saved us, if we believe He is our lord; and that God is our Father; if we have His Word that we can reference in any moral dilemma; if we believe His word is alive, and is truth; if we believe He himself is truth; then can we afford to ignore Him?
Can we claim to believe his word if we disregard what it says even when believing it makes us unpopular?
This is no and, or, but, in this matter. This is a yes or no question.
People will always be furious when they are presented with this type of dilemma; we all like compromise better than black and white.
Sometimes there is no grey area.
So, comment if you want to, I’m going to pause this until part two–Natasha.