Friday, August 5, 2011

Disordered Self Love

I was recently saddened and angered by the July 30 article in our local newspaper, The Jasper Herald featuring a lesbian couple raising a child. I was not angered at the two women in the story, but at The Herald who should have never run a story like this. I am proud to live in a city that is primarily Christian and significantly Catholic. This article did not represent the values that the majority of the citizens here hold dear to them. What a shame that our newspaper chose to write a story for the purpose of promoting a sinful lifestyle. I would feel the same had they decided to promote the immoral lifestyle of a man and a woman living together outside of marriage. But that wasn’t the point of the story. The only point was to highlight the same sex lifestyle in our city. The people in the story are God’s children and as disciples of God we are all called to love them and guide them to live a holy life leading to the eternal reward of heaven. But we cannot and should not support this type of lifestyle. My thoughts on this have nothing to do with whether these two women are good people. It has nothing to do with judging them, which is in God’s hands not mine. The article showed that they are happy and feel comfortable here which means that they are surrounded by people who love them. That is a good thing. But that does not make their choices right. In their world, men are unimportant and reduced to sperm donors. How will they convey that message to the child they are raising? It is impossible to create a child without both a man and a woman. This is a fact and in itself is one reason that same sex relationships are disordered and unnatural to the human race. It has nothing to do with how anyone “feels”. It has nothing to do with the right to love whoever you want. It’s the way we are created. The Catholic Church does not condemn anyone who suffers from same sex attractions. But acting on it is always immoral. The Church will always accept them, but in turn explains that in order to walk with Christ they must live a life of chastity. God will give them the grace they need through the gift of free-will to reject a life of sin separated from the one who created them. Jesus never accepted sin. Not once. He loved the sinners but required them to repent and turn away from their sinful ways in order to receive salvation. These two women are choosing to sin because it is easier to be self-gratifying than to do God's will. I wonder if anyone has asked them to consider that they might be wrong. The implications of that are frightening.


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