Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mormonism and Homosexuality

During the past several General Conference's, the idea of homosexuality has come up many times. During the past general conference, the idea was raised at least 4 times, with Neil L. Andersen making it the key point of his message. Several years ago, Boyd K. Packer expressed his view that homosexuality was a choice and that no one was born that way.

Let's be honest: Homosexuality is not a choice. It is a built in desire that people are born with. I don't know why this is so hard for Bro. Packer to believe, but then he does not believe in Darwin's Theory of Evolution, where this idea would be explained by mutations and what not.

Now, do not get me wrong. Homosexual acts are a sin, just as fornication, adultery, and other sex sins are. However, these sins are not talked about nearly as much as homosexuality. Which is quite strange, because I doubt that there are many homosexuals in the LDS Church. Most homosexuals I know (I know many) think of the LDS Church as a homophobic organization.

This is not the first time the Church has been seen as a hateful group. Until 1978, the Church believed that blacks were either descendants of Cain and were cursed with black skin or that they were less valiant in the pre-mortal existence (which is interesting, considering we do not know anything about said existence). After they changed that view (or changed it a little, some still believe that), some still objected to the idea of blacks intermarrying with whites, which is dumb because who else would they marry if they joined the church? This still has me scratching my head since the Book of Mormon is very against such stances (2 Nephi 26:33).

At some point, we need to believe in tolerance. No, I am not saying that the church should endorse gay marriage or civil unions. I am saying that we need to be understanding , thoughtful, and loving. We need to accept the fact that this is not a choice, rather it is part of who the person is. They need the ordinances of the gospel and the message of the Restoration just like the rest of the Earth. Let us follow the way of the Master and show an increase of love and not be seen as intolerant and hateful. God loves all, and so should we.

2 comments:

  1. Tarik, I agree with you that homosexual sin is no worse than any other violation of the Law of Chastity. I also agree that we need to show an increases in love towards any who demonstrate by their actions that such acts are acceptable. We part ways on a couple of things:
    1) Heterosexual fornicators, while their acts DO undermine the family just as surely as do homosexual fornicators, are not lobbying for a legal change in the definition of marriage, and imposing their own "hate perception" upon anyone who disagrees with them. Heterosexual fornicators are quite happy to live their lives behind closed doors without lobbying for a redefinition of social structure.
    2) The church does NOT, as you seem to imply, condone ostracism or hatred toward any individual group, let alone homosexuals. The perception that the church (that WE) are a hateful group comes with the territory. Anytime one stands publically against sin, cries of "bigot", "hater", and "intolerant" inevitably follow. The examples of Abinadi, Alma and Amulek, Nephi and Lehi, and Samuel the Lamanite demonstrate that principle clearly. The reaction of the "sinner" is to hate the messenger.

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  2. Great post, Tarik. The Church (in culture, not doctrine) does need to be more tolerant. The problem is that many don't understand the doctrine of the Church, which is to love all.

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