At midnight Wednesday, Colorado became the sixth state to allow civil unions. It definitely slipped my mind until this morning as I was driving to work.
The radio D.J. gave a shout-out to the hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the state and said it was “with honor” that he would play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love.”
I’ve always changed the station when this song has come on in the past – but, this morning I decided to listen, paying close attention to the lyrics.
…The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision / And you can be cured with some treatment and religion / Man-made rewiring of a predisposition / Playing God, aw naw here we go /America the brave still fears what we don’t know / And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten / But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago…
No, the Church hasn’t forgotten God loves all his children. But, I would argue many others have forgotten God’s love.
The Church teaches that same-sex attraction is objectively disordered. There are two options for those who suffer from a disorder: embracing it or rejecting it.
Now with God as our father, and the Church as our mother…would either parent allow a child to indulge in something that isn’t good for that child? (Because we can agree that anything that is objectively disordered is also objectively not good.)
No, because there is no freedom and no true happiness there. And ultimately, believe it or not, God is all about freedom and happiness for us.
So, when I watch video interviews with some of those first same-sex couples in Colorado making their relationship “official” – I don’t see, and the Church doesn’t see, infidels that need to be contained, swept under the rug or shipped out of the country. I see women and men who were courageous in facing their disorder and are now trying to make sense of it in the only way they think they can, which unfortunately for them means making it as “normal” as possible.
A disorder can never be normalized, no matter what the government says. And as long as those with same-sex attraction continue down this path, they will not find the happiness or the peace they are so desperately searching for.