Sunday, July 24, 2011

About same-sex marriage

Today New York State legalized same-sex marriage. The issue of same-sex marriage is always a hard debating topic. Especially to christians, how should we respond to the more and more spreading gay-rights movement? I would like to share a few of my viewpoints in this post.

Let us think of the issue in this way. If there is a person who was born blind, what is our right attitude to him? Certainly we must not deride him or despise him. On the contrary we must love him and try our best to help him. For example, we shall pass the related laws to protect their equal rights to participate the social life.

Gays and lesbians are no different from the other disabled persons. Being disabled means being unnatural. I do not agree that gay or lesbian is natural to human beings. Of course it is unnatural. Man shall be able to see. And thus blind is unnatural. In similar, man shall be attracted to the opposite gender instead of to the same sex partners. And thus being gay or lesbian is unnatural too.

Is being unnatural a sin? Back to the ancient time, people believed that those who disabled (and especially whoever born disabled) were cursed by God. Thus they were said being particularly sinful persons. Although such an idea sounded reasonable to who believed God be almighty, Jesus gave a different interpretation about the issue.

John 9:1-7

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means "Sent"). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

In Chinese Translation (约翰福音 9)

1 耶稣过去的时候,看见一个人生来是瞎眼的。
2 门徒问耶稣说:拉比,这人生来是瞎眼的,是谁犯了罪?是这人呢?是他父母呢?
3 耶稣回答说:也不是这人犯了罪,也不是他父母犯了罪,是要在他身上显出神的作为来。
4 趁着白日,我们必须做那差我来者的工;黑夜将到,就没有人能做工了。
5 我在世上的时候,是世上的光。
6 耶稣说了这话,就吐唾沫在地上,用唾沫和泥抹在瞎子的眼睛上,
7 对他说:你往西罗亚池子里去洗(西罗亚翻出来就是奉差遣)。他去一洗,回头就看见了。

Straightforwardly Jesus disclaimed that the man blind from birth was caused by sin. By contrast Jesus said that "this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." After the man did what Jesus asked him to do, his unnaturalness was gotten rid of and he became a normal person.

We may learn many things from this story. As a matter to the topic of this post, I want to share the following two points.

1. Being a gay or lesbian from birth is not a sin. By contrast it reveals how sinful those who deride or despise the gays and lesbians are. God wants the works of God mights be displayed on the gays and lesbians. HE wants us to love and help the gays and lesbians so that the love from God is witnessed in public.

2. To advocate gay or lesbian being normal and natural is a sin. It is equivalent to advocating blind being normal and natural. Isn't it incorrect to spread how joyful a blind life is and thus encouraging people to being blind? In similar, it is incorrect to spread how joyful a gay life is and to encourage people to be gays or lesbians. The gay life is unnatural and shall not be encouraged, let it alone be educated, to the society, especially to the youth of our society.

3. To anyone who is not a gay (or a lesbian) from birth, it is a sin to become a gay (or a lesbian) afterwards. Isn't it a sin to blind yourself if you are not born blind? But the ones who induce another to be gay (or lesbian) sin greater.

God bless America.


Anonymous said...

Rather stupid and non-sensical post. Having had read this I have decided to unsubscribe from your blog and please make a favor to yourself and learn a bit more about culture in general. Anyway the rest of your post we're no really good. Saying that gays/lesbians is a disable syndrome is just ridiculously outrageous.

Yihong Ding said...

To the anonymous,

I feel more surprised on that you feel insulted by my use of the word "disabled" for describing gays.

Disabled means not able to do what shall be normal to the general. Or let us put it in another way. The real "disabled" means not able to do what shall be the truth!

In our society, the world "disabled" is often used for the physical disability. In fact, however, it is the same to the mental disability too. When one is mad, he is disabled from thinking normally. When one has to lie all the time (like Casey Anthony), she is disabled from being honest. In similar, gays/lesbians are disabled from the ordinary sex life.

It is not a shame of being disabled for many times it is beyond the will of themselves. It is, however, a shame to claim a disability not being disabled.

Be honest, in many ways I sincerely support passing laws and give gays/lesbians more rights of protecting their life from being hurt by prejudice. These are the human rights disregarding any other excuse. But it is incorrect to advocate gays/lesbians by saying same-sex attraction is ordinary to humans. This is what I am firmly against.

God bless you,