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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bad words.

Completing my daily lunchtime tour of my fave blogs I've run across a few posts which I have found a bit disturbing. Not so much in the grand specifics of them, but in the tone.

I'll preface today's ruminatin' with this: If a man willingly reaches for something and drinks it, and it turns out -- against his expectation -- to be poison, is he still being poisoned? If he enjoys the taste of the poison and urges others to not fear trying it if they are so inclined, is he still himself the victim of poisoning ?

In the spiritual sense, there are people poisoning themselves and presumably enjoying the process thinking it something else, against all warnings. These are behaviors from whom we must shield ourselves and our families first, and then seek to help those directly afflicted while there is still time.

I'm speaking, natch, of homosexuals. There is a difference, in my estimation, between someone who is homosexual and someone who is "gay." To be gay, as far as I can make it out, implies a complete acceptance of the homosexual attraction and an embrace of the choices derived therefrom. These people, regardless of their attitude towards us, must be viewed with compassion, as they are poisoning themselves. Yes, we must be protective and vigilant about our families and the societal underpinnings therefor. But these are still children of God dying by (self-dosed) poison.

Therefore, it does no good -- if we're trying to help them to the Poison Free Zone -- to start calling them f@gs or sodomites, etc. YES, it's an outrage and offensive to God to have men with deep seated gay tendencies entering the priesthood (we've seen the results of THAT), but hurling verbal abuse to show our displeasure with the way the occupants of the hierarchy have dealt with the matter isn't going to do anything.

So stop it, lest your own sins be measured with the same measure you use for others' sins.

-J.

2 Comments:

  • At 3:49 PM, July 30, 2007 , Blogger ~m2~ said...

    brilliant :)

    (thank you for such wonderful, insightful comments on my blog; unfortunately for this particular post, i can only add the one word, above....

    keep coming in. voices of reason very necessary!)

    penni

     
  • At 4:18 PM, July 30, 2007 , Blogger Joe said...

    Thanks!

    I need to amend this post to include lamentable mentions of Protestants and Orthodox as "heretics" and "schismatics."

    To browbeat someone isn't likely to engender much progress.

    -J.

     

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