Sunday, November 25, 2012
Why is Homosexuality so Special?
For religious conservatives today it seems like any instance of the printed word “homosexual” spontaneously transforms from plain text to bold face, from black ink to red, from 10 point font to 20.
Conservative activists and watchdog groups seem to find the insidious “homosexual agenda” lurking behind every liberal initiative.
Christians treat homosexuality as the most deadly of sins.
If I define “sins” as liberally as Jesus does in Matthew 5, I am guilty.
When an inattentive, SUV-driving, cell-phone wielding, . . .uh, person runs me off the road while I am riding my bicycle, the unshouted epithets that seethe in my heart as he drives obliviously away are murder.
When the hands of my imagination slide gently along the sumptuous curve of a gorgeous young woman's back (who for the moment is infinitely more appealing than my grumpy wife), I indulge in adultery.
But when it comes to the 'sin' of homosexuality, even using Jesus' liberal precedent to indict the very thoughts, I can confidently say I am innocent. Righteous!
My conscience has nothing against me. I have, in all honesty, never looked at a man and found myself desiring him sexually.
Most gay people would brush this off as merely “straightness”.
But my guilty conscience, grasping for some sort of reprieve would rather make this out as my greatest moral triumph. The gold star that I can stick on my sunday school report card.
I think one of the main reasons that homosexuality is demonized by religious conservatives today, and why it is such a big deal to them, is precisely this: While we each know that we fall short of moral purity in so many areas, it so easy for a straight person, who has never felt a homosexual urge, to feel self-righteous and morally strong when it comes to homosexual lust.