Those charged with our well-being – in both the church and secular psychology – are incrementally moving toward important points of agreement regarding non-heterosexual orientations. While many focus on the heated differences, the areas of agreement are growing and worth appreciating.
One heated difference that remains is the APA’s strong position that biochemical and hormonal factors establish same-sex attraction in our biology before we’re born. Absent a ‘gay gene,’ homosexuality is still inborn they say. This difference, however, is one of “degree” because researchers on both sides already accepted years ago the reality of a multi-factorial model involving nature and nurture. This further emphasizes that a long-term convergence between faith and science on this issue has been unfolding for some time.
For those who want to continue to attack, accuse and exclude one another, the culture war remains alive and kicking. However, you no longer have only one option – the culture war option. Today, you can be a peacemaker by accepting that another person’s conscience-based decision about how they handle their sexuality is not an attack on your beliefs or how you handle your sexuality. This is healthy change.
The outdated you’re either with us or you’re against us framework has only proven that division divides. Peacemaking brings peace and affords individuals more space to sense God’s direction in their lives. In the weeks ahead, I am going to dive deeper into how we might foster such peace – within a biblical framework.
FOOTNOTE: Lead Them Home has been living out this “something new” since 2003. Importantly, it must be stressed again that this approach does not require conservative churches to change their theological position on the issue of homosexuality. Contact us to learn more. God bless you.