The condition of same-sex attraction (SSA) is not synonymous with the campaign of gay activism. In fact, gay politics has been notoriously unkind to those whose perplexity with SSA causes them to pray for a transformation that would bring opposite-sex attraction. I'm writing this both to validate those hoping God will answer such prayers and to invalidate the arrogant dogmatism of those trying to discourage them.
Gay activists, following a plan documented as far back as the 1970s, have infused their agenda into
almost every agency of social influence. Yet true science still thwarts their attempt to make SSA a new “norm.” Atypical examples extracted from nature
to authenticate homosexuality are not norms of the natural
order, but rarities. Political leverage alone turns them into mandates for
redefining human sexuality.
Profiting from its momentum in destabilizing the ancient, trans-cultural
concept of marriage, gay activists are now working to eliminate the social
vocabulary that differentiates gender into “male” and “female.” This makes
science the next logical target for political deconstruction, since this terminology is
categorically scientific. As far as gay logistics, science has always created obstacles. It categorizes homosexual behavior itself as psycho-social in origin, not biologically natural. Science defines sexuality in mammals only in terms of complementary sexes. As far as sexual union, it doesn't occur except from joining the reproductive components of opposite, not identical, genders.
No, nature won’t march to the beat of a fictional drum, even to placate power
politics. Lesbian couples still get pregnant the physiologically correct way:
by uterine implantation of a female egg fertilized by a male sperm. Indeed, SSA may initiate an interpersonal bond
between those of the same gender. Using the genitals to express that relationship can even bring mutual orgasmic pleasure. But the absence of real sexual union
forbids true science from calling such intercourse sexual, just as all traditional cultures refuse to acknowledge such a union as a sexual marriage. The body’s biology and history's collective cultural wisdom are not tricked by modern emotional or political semantics.
Despite the above arguments, it may soon become a political hate crime to call persons “male” or “female.” But isn’t hate also a motive in the obliteration of scientific
terms for gender distinction? Perhaps hate is too harsh a word. Anger might be more accurate. Where’s the anger about SSA really coming from? Obviously many are disgruntled by the gay agenda. But what about those who are experiencing SSA?
How upsetting it must be for someone with SSA to live in a body whose every cell ceaselessly exclaims, “I am physically a male!” or “I am physically a female!” The irritation has led some to try smothering the loud voice of their visible anatomy with hormones and
reconstructive surgery. But from cradle to grave, nothing can stifle the cry of gender-identity embedded in DNA. Without exception, the same genes that determine the development of a person’s sexually distinct body parts reside in every single cell of the body.
The truth is that there definitely is hope for change, hope for healing. Why? Because God’s grace is still amazing! But the steps to hope and grace are also logical and understandable. One of
those healed through the Pastoral Care Ministries seminars (now Ministries of Pastoral Care)
started by Leanne Payne
was Mario Bergner, who wrote Setting Love
in Order: Hope and Healing for the Homosexual. He and
several other PCM speakers, whose talks are available on CD, formerly had SSA
and are cogently articulate in leading others out of it.
The emotional pain of this conflict between brain and body is
understandable, for the unity of body and soul is a measure of psychological
well-being. But the body’s incessant contention that the brain’s SSA is
biologically incongruent with one’s physical sex cannot be silenced by politics. Even if the
meaning of gender becomes as thoroughly altered as the original concept of the word gay, political redefinition can bring no true bio-psychical peace. Distorting gender distinction
to soothe intrapersonal pain is as cruel as calling the body’s discord with SSA
gaiety to make the brain laugh. For those wishing their SSA could be banished, neither is helpful nor humorous.
The cruelest aspect of gay activism’s power, however, is in how effectively it blocks those who
wrestle with this internal anguish from seeking a reversal of SSA. At all
costs, testimonies of real change through therapy, either human or divine, must be suppressed. A new normal will not survive, if there’s legitimate hope for healing. Those who claim it must be portrayed as impostors. Those who proclaim it must be labelled as perpetrators of
homophobic hate. All is lost if dreams of therapeutic reintegration with his or her gendered body can really come true for the person with SSA.To maintain its credibility, the gay political platform must mentally barricade any exit the gay lifestyle. “Once
gay, always gay, to your dying day!” Fortunately, such dogmatic slogans are just noisy smoke billowing from a feverish fear of the truth.
God wants us all to be whole spiritually, psychologically, and
physically. For now, bodily healing is temporary and limited—becoming ultimate only in future resurrection. But God provides for wholeness of
spirit and soul during this life. When SSA leads to sins of sexual immorality, He
offers forgiveness. But in itself, SSA is not a sin. It’s merely one of the many human
conditions that need the divine healing which God's grace brings into our fallen world. The problem has never been God’s inability to save and heal, but always our reluctance or resistance to come to Him.
People with SSA need to know they have a choice. Yes, they can choose to trust in gay politics to make them “feel better” with new meanings for words like marriage or gender. Or they can put their faith in the hope offered by Jesus Christ, the Savior and Healer, Who asks everyone of us the same question: “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6).