As many heterosexual Christians do, I struggle with concepts relating to homosexuality. For one, it seems pretty clear that God believes that homosexuality is immoral and a sin. But on the other hand, you have the proclamations of many homosexuals that they feel born into their homosexuality and feel as if they have no choice. Like many Christians placed at this crossroads, I find it hard to deny their argument—because it’s never seemed to me that I’ve had a choice in my heterosexuality.
For some reason, a thought popped into my head this morning: being born homosexual is no different than being born a glutton, or an alcoholic, or a pathological liar, or any other such predilections. Frankly, we all have our own unique predilections to sin; great among my many sins is pridefulness and a need for recognition for good works that do not truly originate within me, but from Christ within me. [Case in point: I weblog discussion points I’d never make at church.] We cannot control how we are made; we can control what we do with our deficiencies and how we let them rule us. Not because it is easy—for it’s truly hard—but because, freed for joyful obedience, we must do so.
Or so goes my working theory of the moment.