The LGBT Debate

The LGBT Debate: A Simpleton’s View. The perceived problem is of human making and begs a hmane response. The “Problem” was recognised only very recently. Before that, “Before polygamy was made sin”, man to many was inclined. People’s orientations were largely known and only gossip mongers were scandalised. The hierarchy frowned and issued fiats to forever dam the eternal souls for transgressions. People went underground but the practice(s) continued. The Church was seen as unsympathetic and insensitive. Suddenly a revolt. Parties affected and their families started a movement pleading ( in some cases demanding) unctions and some form of recognition. The Church begins to understand the nature of this human reality.
But. cherry picking and selective responses can not undo what is done, much less promise lasting solutions. Interpretations of freedom of the human spirit and the richness of diversity will remain- alas, like “the Poor”. The situation can not be resolved by spot fire fighting. The people are confused when they see a lack of coherence when confronting the myriad situations. It is a confronting when all sides have to acknowledge and name their respective problems. On the one side preoccupations with the manifestations of life on this planet have dulled people’s awareness of their own human limitations, and the need to respect differences in opinions. On the other, there needs to be an understanding that there is a breach in communication. There needs to be a reason why people feel marginalised and disenfranchised, and more than that, shoulder the heavy burden of guilt and shame. The important ingredients for reconciliation have been lost among the rungs of the formal hierarchy.
For an holistic approach the Church must revisit our mission statement, made by Christ himself – “Love one another as I have loved you”. All attempts to interact with the faithful, and the world must be referenced and framed by the mission statement. It is only then that the truism of “My yoke is easy and my burden light”, becomes a reality. Fiats and threats of damnation are no longer meaningful, when this generation needs the balm of grace. If we speak sincerely about evangelisation and reaching out to the generation suffering without God, we need to convince them that our God is not a revengeful God hidden among a plethora of laws and edicts. God is a merciful and loving God who holds us in the hollow of His/her hand, fully aware of our humanity. With this realisation comes the humility to say, “Lord I am a sinner”, and also“ Who am I to judge”?