“LGBT” is an acronym that lists the different categories of identities within the homosexual umbrella – Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transsexual. However, I want to transform it into something better.
LET GOD BE THERE.
I invite my brothers and sisters in the homosexual community to allow God to work in their lives. Unfortunately, there is a bit of animosity between the LGBT community and what they are told God is. The Old Testament does have harsh words regarding homosexual behavior. Catholicism and other Christians speak out against homosexuality with such fervor that we are sometimes looked upon as bigots of hateful people.
In reality, we are neither We are merely calling all to live in accordance with the natural law which is ordained by God. The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual feelings are not a sin. It is a sin when they are acted upon. We still do not know what exactly causes some to be homosexuals. Psychologists are stuck on the issue and feel it is a combination of nature and nurture. No homosexual gene has been discovered and for the most part, a homosexual’s brain is pretty much the same as a heterosexual’s in regards to function.
In any event, homosexuals are not strange or evil people. Yes, some may act a bit strange or may be different – we all are different. This does not give anyone the right to bully them or attack them in any shape or form. They are God’s children. Jesus died for them and opens His heart to them as He would anyone else.
We as believers in God must attack the behavior, not the people. Homosexuality is not a sentence to hell, but can be an opportunity for grace. The Catholic Church calls all to chastity, including married couples. This may seem hard, but it is not impossible. One of our greatest minds and saints, St. Augustine of Hippo said in his Confessions, “Lord make me chaste – but not yet!”
Our sexuality is important and is very powerful. How else can human beings reproduce if they cannot even get close to a partner? This is why sexual drive is so powerful in us. It stems from the “be fruitful and multiply” command of God. However, we should not be the sum of our sexuality. Our sexual drive should not define us or control us. This is why we have intellect, conscience, will and reason.
God is the designer of our bodies. Only He knows how to work them and control them that is why we must pray to God to help us whenever we are tempted to do unchaste things.
Unfortunately, those homosexuals who “come out” and show no remorse for their actions become slaves to their sexuality. They categorize each other as “tops, bottoms, versatiles.” They are no longer persons, but instruments of sexual gratification. They categorize themselves as “fems, butch, twinks, bears.” They are no longer persons, but objects that one can pick and choose based on one’s desires.
God intended more for homosexuals than what they do among themselves. Unfortunately, sexual desires can be so strong that it can blind one from seeing God’s plan and the dignity of oneself and of others.
It is not the end of the world. Prayer can help. Let God Be There my gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual brothers and sisters. He will help you in life. He will answer your question: Why am I this way?
He will help you to discover your true self so that you can take charge of your life and not be the sum of your sexuality.
Gay people are not “tops, bottoms, versatiles, fems, butch, twinks or bears;” they are not objects for others to enjoy sexually. They are human beings worthy of love, respect and dignity. They are God’s children who are in the same struggle as everyone else.
The LGBT might seem to be a lost sinful case, but that is not so: “…where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20
Let God Be There!