Monday, March 02, 2009

"We as Christians"

Matt at The Tuning Fork posted this, and I think it deserves to be plastered everywhere. Baylor University professor Robert Baird wrote today in the Waco Trib:

There is, however, a prior and deeper debate — the debate over the attitude we as Christians should have toward homosexuality and gays and lesbians, many of whom, by the way, are included in the class of “we as Christians.”

Sexuality is such a fundamental dimension of who we are, and it is a given. I do not remember choosing to be heterosexual. Surely the same applies to homosexuals.

I know that some sexual proclivities are immoral — desires that, if expressed, violate the other; rape, for example.

But the noted Christian philosopher Robert Adams in his work Finite and Infinite Goods expresses his belief that “homosexual practice is not essentially violative of persons.”

The fundamental question we should ask of any human activity is this — does it violate the dignity of the other?

My daughter and her husband are involved in California in the pursuit of justice for gays and lesbians. In that context, I had a conversation with two women who are building a life together. Far from violating one another, they are lovingly committed to one another, helping one another pursue successful professional careers and successful lives.

The Baptist minister and author Will Campbell, in a presentation at Baylor years ago, said that there would come a time when we Baptists would apologize for how we treated homosexuals as we now apologize for how we once treated blacks. Surely that is so.

As a Christian, I fully agree with Baird. When I went through the 9 month process of becoming Catholic a few years ago, I heard someone within the church say something similar, that someday we're going to feel significant remorse over the way we, as Christians, have actively contributed to the mistreatment, marginalization, even murder, of gay Americans.

I'll take my apology now if it means we can move forward from all of this bullshit.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

That was awesome. I wish everyone would read that.

Or, even better, I wish everyone could feel that way.