Recently I have seen a number of people testify online one way or another to how Christlike the homosexual and lesbian people they have known were. Has our notion of “Christlike” really deteriorated that completely? Is politeness the main measuring stick we use to determine whether someone should be taken as a model of the Savior? Sadly, the testators in this case were otherwise sane members of the church.
How have we forgotten so completely what everyone used to know?
Why is it that homosexuality is no longer a perversion, and now people just can’t get in line fast enough to praise those involved in it?
Ishmael traded his birthright for a mess of pottage. We recognize how irrational that was, and yet turn around and trade ours for nothing more than a well told story: an exciting movie, an intriguing television series, a titillating book, or an engaging piece of music. There is nothing that our music, our movies, our television offers that is worth trading our basic notions of good and evil for.
First we decided that adultery and fornication were not terribly offensive. We even determined that having a woman and a man engage in sex on our television screen wasn’t offensive as long as the movie was otherwise “worth it”, and didn’t show “too much”, and as long as everyone watching it was at least 13 years old. Can we not step back and look at that and recognize that we sold some of our own fundamental understanding of good and evil when we made that decision?
Now we have moved on to homosexuality and lesbianism. They used to be recognized as perversion, but now the only really horrible thing to do is to say that such things are evil. Did we not trade some of our basic knowledge of good and evil to get to this point?
Ironically, those who make the trade not only give up their own sensibilities, they turn around and preach it to the rest of us as the real gospel. We have traded it so far that there are many who would be offended to hear it called a matter of good and evil. They think in their hearts “Why would we need to know what is good and what is evil? All we need to do is to love everybody.”
But there is a difference between being loving, or even forgiving someone their offenses toward us, and staying away from evil. They are completely different things. If they were not different, then we would not have scriptures that said both:
D&C 64:10 I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.
1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators
Are we to assume Paul was simply unfamiliar with the Lord’s teachings? Or are the two genuinely different matters? If there are scriptures stating both then we know that they are not contradictory principles.
We are becoming terribly well grounded in the teachings of our media, in the ideas of our society, and don’t have more than a minute or two between television, movies, music, books, video games, and websites to read our scriptures.
How can I be sure? Because of the doctrines that are being taken up so wholeheartedly among our members. Even the most stalwart have started singing a song that is completely at odds with the song of redeeming love in these matters because you cannot be calling someone involved in serious sin a model of Christlike behavior without condoning their actions, and Christ never condoned sin, not even once.
Where is wisdom? Should good members really recommend someone as a model of the Christ who is engaging in homosexuality or lesbianism? Should I really even need to ask?
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
I hope we can turn around. We were already under the condemnation spoken of in D&C 84 before this. It said our minds were darkened and we would be under condemnation until we would remember the Book of Mormon as well as the Lord’s former commandments (i.e. the other scriptures and revelations). The Lord further said at the time that if we would not repent there remained a scourge that we, the members of his church, would have to undergo. This was true at the time it was given and we still have not changed. We have had that long to repent and return to the scriptures, with an open statement by the Lord that we are under condemnation for neglecting them. Shall we not consider his longstanding question given to us in these same verses, “For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land?” before we go around labeling those committing the sin next to murder continuously as models of Jesus Christ?