(Initially, I was going to write about climate-change alarmism, but because that post is more or less evergreen content [wink wink] I thought it would be timelier and more appropriate to post on this subject.)
I had no idea gay “marriage” was before the Supreme Court, but apparently it was, and I guess the decision is that gay “marriage” is legalized in all 50 states — a victory for “progress” and “love.” Just in time for “pride” weekend, coincidentally. #LoveWins, right?
People celebrate, but do they know what they’re celebrating? Do they not know how serious of a sin this is? God wiped Sodom and Gomorrah from the map for this particular offense, and yet, we hold festivals to honor this same sin, of which there will be no short supply in my Young Person District of Liberal Big City, USA this weekend. I’ve learned my lesson from previous “pride” weekends — and even lamentably played with one of my bands at an event, Lord forgive me — so this time, I will be conveniently absent from said festivities. (And for good cause: I was sexually harassed twice “pride” weekend 2013. Nothing too serious, but I was minding my own business in both cases, and still got some unwanted, unsolicited attention that made me very uncomfortable. This is something I would like to avoid this — and all other — weekends.)
The fact of the matter is this is a sad, sad day. And we are living in sad, messed-up, freaky times.
This is a really hard subject to pin down; it’s so multifaceted, so contentious, but when you strip away the thumping-bass parties, the corporate sponsorship, the rainbow flags (usually flown in tandem with the bondage/S&M flag), and the “pride,” it’s about codifying and normalizing anal/lesbian sex — an act so heinous, God sent the Son and Holy Spirit to Sodom to investigate this sin (listen to Constantine Zalalas’ excellent audio lecture on the subject for more details) before destroying those cities, as I already mentioned. Ultimately, the expression of this fallen type of sexuality is just another symptom of alienation from God and His divine order.
There are plenty of apologists — Christian, even — who claim that all types of “love” are deemed acceptable and beautiful in God’s eyes. They cite 1 Corinthians 13:13 — “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” — and even part of 1 Corinthians 4 — “Love is patient, love is kind — to bolster their position as a “21st Century, open-minded” Christian. “We need to get with the times,” they say. “This is an important issue that affects many people, and, knowing how God is love, and this is love, so therefore, God must look kindly on same-sex marriage.”
How misguided this is.
I used to be like the “open-minded” Christian described above. I justified approving of the potential goodness of a same-sex “marriage” by believing that if there is indeed self-sacrificial — dare I say, Christ-like (again, I was ignorant in these matters) — love in any type of union, then it can be a blessed relationship — in the Church’s eyes, and in God’s. Also informing this mindset was the fact that I have a sibling who’s openly gay and practicing, and wanting to be someone “with the modern times” and not an unsupportive, close-minded, hateful bigot, I believed the “pride” movement — and all it represents — was something to be celebrated. I believed this new-found acceptance was a step in the right direction for humanity, and those who disagreed were simply ignoring the cultural zeitgeist, and would therefore be rendered “obsolete,” “old-fashioned” and, the cardinal “sin” of our time, “close-minded.” Truly, I was a man for the 21st Century, and proud of it.
It was also during this time when the daily Scripture readings were especially relevant. In the Epistle one morning, I read this passage from Romans:
26: For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
That certainly got my attention, and slowly, the veneer fell from my eyes. Before long, I truly saw what the reality of this movement.
What once seemed like a triumph of the human spirit was just a well-marketed, repackaged brand of neo-paganism; what once seemed like a celebration of diversity was just a lie draw people away from God’s intended use of our sexuality: in a marriage with someone of the opposite gender (Genesis 2:24). (I know it’s not a popular stance to take these days, but that is the stance of the Church.) The movement preaches “open-mindedness,” but if you were to present a dissenting opinion, you are a hateful, backwards, judgmental, Nazi-like bigot who deserves to be shunned from society. Now who’s intolerant?
If you don’t believe this to be a sin and a perversion of God’s order, there’s little I can do to convince you otherwise. If you think the seed of human life dying in excrement is something beautiful and parade-worthy, then, well, I guess we have different standards of what’s beautiful and parade-worthy.
You may view me as a narrow-minded, backwards, old-fashioned bigot. But as an Orthodox Christian, it’s my duty to live the teachings of Christ and the Holy Fathers to the best of my ability, and there is nothing, nothing in the entire history of the Church that would deem same-sex relationships acceptable. If you don’t believe this, and attempt to distort the stance of the Church, you are in error — plain and simple. It’s not that I who am personally right, but I know the Holy Tradition to be right, and whoever holds by those statutes and acts on them with humility and love is in the right. I’m not entirely sure I’d go as far as Father Lawrence Farley as saying Orthodox Christians who believe Christ to be in support of same-sex relations as being in the same category as Arians or Nicolaitans, but if that becomes the official stance of the Church, I would accept it.
I know that, at least for me in my “open-minded” phase, one of the main reasons I “supported” the gay movement was because I didn’t want to be seen as a vile, hateful bigot who deserved to be socially ostracize and never loved again. In other words, I wanted the praise of men, and not the praise of God. I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty, but I think that may be why so many Christians want to appear supportive of their increasingly growing number of gay peers — they, too, want to be seen as “open-minded,” “accepting,” “worldly,” and “with the times.” But, at the very heart of it (and I’m drawing from the Orthosphere post “Reality Versus Marriage“), this “acceptance” is disingenuous, for if they, straight people, really saw this as something beautiful, they themselves would be practitioners — but they aren’t. Deep down, that type of sexual expression disgusts them, so if there is “acceptance,” it’s ultimately forced.
(And briefly, on “pride” : is that not why Satan and his legions fell? Then, how could this be a good thing? Are we not supposed to be humbled before God, working out our salvation “in fear and trembling (Philipians 2:12)?” Can you name a single saint who was proud? How about the Theotokos? Christ? As mentioned earlier, gay apologists often cite part of 1 Corinthians 4, but fail to include the second sentence: “[Love] does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Seems to kinda contradict their version of “love,” what with all parades and the other pomp they shove down everyone’s throats. [Speaking of which, part of my WordPress dashboard is raindow-colored at the time of me writing this. It’s saying to me: Are you celebrating yet? Well, you better be. Show some PRIDE, or else.] Does that seem like love to you?)
There’s so much more I could write on this subject (and probably will expound upon it in future posts) but I wanted to share some choice tidbits that have made a profound impact on me and my beliefs on this subject. Some of these are fairly lengthy, but are worthwhile:
I wish you all in advance a blessed feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. May they continue to pray for us in these difficult times.