Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wrong as a person

Sports blogger Kelly Dwyer either doesn’t get it or he’s fooling himself:

Gay young men and women have an impossibly tough time growing up and attempting to fit in, even as our culture shifts to become a more tolerant society. The last thing they need is to see someone like Chris Broussard, who ESPN (and by extension, the NBA) trusts as its voice both at games and in-studio, to be referring to them as sinners who are in “open rebellion to God.”

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If you had sex before marriage, or have had sex and are not married, Chris Broussard thinks that you are a sinner that is in defiance of God, and he used the pulpit of a sports talk show to remind you of such. Do you like him saying those sorts of things about you? Now imagine working through that frustration as a 14-year old high school student, tuning into ESPN to learn about a potential positive role model in Jason Collins, only to be told about how wrong they are as a person.

Two points:

1. “Gay” is a false construct that attempts to capture a broad spectrum of sexual experience into a uniform identity. That identity is then used as a weapon against traditionalists to normalize what the culture has long prohibited. This is the modus operandi of political correctness.

The adulatory sports media is uninterested in the details of Jason Collins’ sex life beyond his public assumption of the gay identity, for fear they may encounter something objectionable. Many people’s darkest sexual urges are fit only for the confession booth and the therapist’s office, owing to the tremendous damage they would do when lived out in public. What else are we prepared to endorse in the name of tolerance, after allegedly benign same-sex attraction?

2. More importantly, it’s understood, even among nonbelievers, that human beings are naturally flawed. Each of us is wrong as a person. Each of us wrestles with inner demons, and those demons often win. It gives no one joy to say so, but it does no one any good to ignore it.

In fact, ignoring the inherent wrongness of the unmitigated self does a disservice to young people, facilitating narcissism and hampering their development into mature, self-reflecting adults. Broussard’s criticism isn’t the “last thing” self-absorbed young teenagers need; it’s the first thing they need.

Collins’ “lifestyle choice” is not simple rebellion, of which we all are guilty due to our fallen nature. Broussard accurately characterized it as open rebellion because it claims there’s nothing wrong with sin. An authentic “gay Christian” would admit he is attracted to the same sex, but that it is something he struggles to overcome with God’s help.

Aaron Taylor writes in First Things:

Gay people have wheat and tares growing in the field of their sexuality, and must take care lest the tares suffocate the wheat. Yet that should not blind them to the fact that wheat is wheat, not tares. The result of fallen human nature is not that everything about being gay is evil, but that what is good is difficult to separate from what is evil. But this does not stop gay Christians from naming as good what is good and embracing it as part of who they happen to be.

God is the best resource we have to overcome our limited human horizons. For those who have tried, solutions that begin and end within us are painfully inadequate.

The futility of undertaking to complete ourselves by our own means leads some to lie about the nature of man, to pretend there is nothing really wrong. Better, it leads some to Jesus’ embrace.

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