One brief remark on the Phil Robertson fiasco .
But just because someone quotes 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and is opposed to same-sex marriage doesnt mean that theyre speaking up for a theologically informed, humane, pastorally sensitive view of what it means to be gay. Not by a long shot. And social conservatives should think twice before linking the concern for religious liberty to a vindication of Robertson.
I wont quote Robertsons remarks in full heretheyre easy to look up but suffice it to say that he implies that if gay men could only open their eyes, it would dawn on them how myopic theyve been. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what Im saying? But hey, sin: Its not logical, my man. Its just not logical. The conclusion to draw from this comment, as Katelyn Beaty noted earlier today on Twitter , is that gay men should just wake up to how awesome womens body parts are.
But, of course, thats just not how sexuality works.
When I was in my early twenties and just beginning to allow myself to face up to my sexuality, I remember a wise pastor friend telling me that anyone with an Augustinian anthropologyfor those playing at home, thats a dim view of natural human ability to be virtuous and an uber-high view of Gods slow-moving, unpredictable graceshould have no time for the notion that gay people ( or anyone else! ) choose whom theyll be attracted to. That seems obvious to me now, after years of thinking about these things, but at the time, hearing him say that felt like a revelation. A weight was lifted. Someone understood!
No one who takes seriously the mysteries of human nature and all the ways our hearts are opaque, even to ourselves, would say that embracing a Christian view of marriage and sexuality could ever be a matter of saying, Gee, Phil, Id never thought of it that way before, thanks!
And making that point is also a matter of speaking up for Christian orthodoxy in the public square.
(Cross-posted at Spiritual Friendship )