I am putting this article on my blog for the express purpose of bearing witness to an intrinsically gay person a minister of religion in North America, who explains – much better than I could – the reality of the fact that there is such a state as ‘intrinsic homosexuality’ – neither induced nor sought but, for a minority of human beings made in God’s Image and likeness, perfectly natural for them.
Wesley feels that his sexuality is a gift from God, which he, personally, has been called to offer up as ‘a sweet-smelling sacrifice’ – without the ties and comforts of Marriage – in order to concentrate on a life of prayer for the Coming of God’s Kingdom (as Jesus describes – in his alternative to heterosexual marriage – by the term: a ‘eunuch for the service of God’s Kingdom’).
What Wesley Hill here confirms for himself is that, as an intrinsically gay person, he has been ‘gifted’ with homosexuality as God’s way of avoiding the need for him to undertake what he sees as the usual Biblical call to heterosexual marriage. How he differs from me, and others who have been led to think like me on this issue, is in his understanding of what he sees as a biblical injunction against the prospect of any close marriage-type relationship for same-sex attracted people.
Jesus, himself had a ‘close and intimate’ relationship with his disciple, John, “The Beloved”. This was exemplified in the Gospel of John by his description of himself laying his head on the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper – a posture that indicated more than a casual relationship, not shared, by Jesus, with any other disciple.
While I can understand Wesley’s own perception of his calling – to be a ‘eunuch in the service of the Kingdom’; not all ‘eunuchs’ (unprocreating people) are confined to this category within the varied descriptions of eunuchs in Matt:19: 12-13.
That there are ‘eunuchs from their mother’s womb’ could include those who may be ‘gay’ – not called to be eunuchs specifically ‘in the service of the Kingdom’, like catholic priests and Religious. May they not, in fact, be called to a quasi-married state with another person of their own gender? Obviously, there are Christians, of whom I am one, who now think that this is a distinct possibility.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
Yesterday I spoke in chapel at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Here’s what I said:
In a few more weeks, at the end of November, those of us who worship in more high church or liturgical traditions will be starting our new church year. While the rest of the world celebrates the start of the New Year on January 1st, we’ll celebrate the start of the new Christian year on the first Sunday of Advent, the season that will lead us up to the first great feast of the Christian year, Christmas.
The word advent is a word that means arrival or appearing or coming. It’s the time of the year when we wait, once again, for the arrival of Jesus, for him to be born of Mary and laid in the manger and worshiped by angels and shepherds and kings. It’s a time of year when the church remembers…
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