Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Four Fingers...

Slacktivist hits the bulls-eye about modern-day Evangelicalism's obsession with homosexuals:

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all," St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13.

If you're a preacher, and if you possess the slightest bit of self-awareness, that's problematic. It means that preaching against any temptation or sin implicates your entire congregation and yourself as well. That can be really uncomfortable for all involved. Pick any of the seven deadlies or the 10 commandments and you risk alienating everyone in the pews and exposing yourself as less than perfect. Awwwk--waaard.

But lately, many American evangelical preachers think they have found a loophole: Homosexuality. Here is a temptation that does not seem to be common to us all. It seems to be the perfect "sin"* -- the perfect safe target. Straight preachers can rail against it without worrying about exposing themselves as hypocrites or, even worse, as fallible humans just like everyone else. And statistically speaking, most of the congregation will be able to say "Amen" without squirming or feeling the least discomfort. It's all win.


Can't wait for part two.

EDIT: Here's part two.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, I have recently started reading your blog and I have found it really interesting. I noticed that you seem to be focusing on homosexuality recently and I was wondering; are you yourself homosexual? (/what is your sexuality?) Its perfectly fine if you don't answer or if you chose to delete this comment, and even if you don't want to publicly answer it you can always just e-mail me at thefenz@yahoo.ca

The Cynic Sage said...

I'm straight, but I occasionally post on gay issues for three reasons:

1)Controversy brings eyes to blogs, and homosexuality is a hot-button issue among evangelicals.

2)Since reading L.W. Countryman's Dirt, Greed, and Sex I no longer believe that homosexuality in itself is a sin.

3)While doing my research for my EMB entries I came across material on ex-gay/reparative-therapy movement. And I was very shocked to find out not only the failure rate, but also how unethically they treat the patients. I also noticed some similarities in the rhetoric of ex-gay ministries and "sexual purity" ministries for straight men (like EMB).

Needless to say, I'm not comfortable with hurting people being used and manipulated, and I don't think the J-man would be that into it either.

Jr. said...

And in other news, they just keep on finding priests and pastors with unwholesome fetishes (that fundie that was found dead in two wetsuits, countless pedophiles). But as long as they're not gay....

Lord DoomRater said...

Huh. While I'm definitely not gay, I AM into the diaper fetish stuff, and it's one of the reasons I never speak directly on sexual sin. (I'm hardly pure in that regard) To redirect for a second, though, which problem is actually worse, those who self-hate or transfer hate, or those who become more tolerant of sexual sin?

The Cynic Sage said...

Huh. While I'm definitely not gay, I AM into the diaper fetish stuff, and it's one of the reasons I never speak directly on sexual sin. (I'm hardly pure in that regard) To redirect for a second, though, which problem is actually worse, those who self-hate or transfer hate, or those who become more tolerant of sexual sin?

What's worse is bringing one's freaky fetish into a internet conversation and weirding everybody out.

Seriously though, it depends on what you mean by tolerant and "sexual sin". Can you clarify that for me? If you mean "raping little boys" or "peeping on ladies taking showers", I would say tolerating it would be worse. If you are talking about "The Sin so Horrible in the Sight of God that He Didn't Even Mention It in the Bible as It Would Give Us Ideas" (i.e: masturbation) I would say not.

Also: Note the disclaimer in the "About Me" section.

Lord DoomRater said...

My sarcasm detector was broken a long time ago, so I'll just go with the fact you clarify a certain degree of sexual sinfulness before you're fed up with it. Uh, the example I'm thinking of stays within the limits of the second category, I think. I know that nobody else (or any animals!) are being violated with these actions.

Anyway, if that mentioning was terribly out of line, I apologize, but note that an article you linked to mentioned the fetish briefly. More than anything, I just wanted to get an idea of where it stood with homosexuality.

The Cynic Sage said...

Sorry, I've been a bit busy recently.

"I'll just go with the fact you clarify a certain degree of sexual sinfulness before you're fed up with it."

What I get fed-up with is when my fellow Christians focus on the "sexual" in "sexual immorality" and then proceed to rape scripture to justify their placing loads on the backs of young men that they themselves did not even try to lift in their youth. (end EMB-inspired rant) Phew! Sorry there, had to let off some steam. :)

No,I don't believe masturbation is a sin in and of itself either. It is perceived as a sin and Christians are paying large amounts of money to be "free" of it, but scripture --even the "don't plan two different crops in the same field" Old Testament-- is silent on the issue (no pun intended).

"Anyway, if that mentioning was terribly out of line, I apologize, but note that an article you linked to mentioned the fetish briefly."

I was just jokin' with ya, man (I knew I should have put a "lol" in there somewhere ^_^). I don't believe diaper-fetishism is a sin (it's very very weird, and I myself find it disgusting, but not a sin).

But I feel it would be good to mention that internet discussions with strangers are one of the worst places to receive advice on sexuality, relationships, psychological matters, and the Bible. It's places somewhere after "bartender" and a bit before "Christian self-help book that comes with a coupon that you can use to buy the book's accompanying worship-music CD".

"More than anything, I just wanted to get an idea of where it stood with homosexuality."

There's the problem right there. People want to compare themselves with someone else to see how big (or little) a sinner they are.

Lord DoomRater said...

AHA. Yeah, there's Overcoming Infantalism out there that tries to help the guys overcome it because they feel it's not natural at all, and if that's their conviction I say go for it, but I would think they should be very happy just fighting it off as best they can. Anyway, reading the link, sir. My own beliefs have been "keep it in marriage and only mutual acts" and I haven't done any further looking into matters otherwise.

The Cynic Sage said...

Seriously Doomrater, you're turning my blog's comment section into Something Awful-bait.

Geds said...

Oooh, Something Awful bait.

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