"I would rather be judged before God as being an honest human being. If I am in any way unpleasing in his sight, I can only hope and pray that he gives me the opportunity to find who I am supposed to be."
- Popular Christian music artist (who recently "came out") Jennifer Knapp on CNN
So another entertainer comes out of the closet...big deal. Isn't it time that people stop the incessant and salacious discussions of homosexuality? I would think society would be tired of it by now. I would hope that at least the Church (i.e. Christians) has evolved past that.
Homosexuality is a deeply personal and, more often than not, deeply painful struggle. It should be a non-issue on an individual level, met only with compassion and respect if the subject is raised by a person opening up as such. Consider what Jesus would have said to another sitting by him. Would he focus on the individual's soul or on his differences, his physical anatomy or his capacity to connect with others? Love covers a multitude of "sins" and promotes unity, doesn't it? To many of us, homosexuality is no more a sin than being one who prefers a dog to a cat as a pet. It's simply a matter of one's natural inclination; neither chosen nor preferred, it just is.
It makes me wonder what "well-meaning" people today would have "innocuously" whispered behind the back of Paul, who discouraged marriage and complained of his thorn but never quite named it. I wonder further what their "innocently voiced" opinions amongst themselves would have been of the relationship between David and Jonathan, or even between John and Jesus. I can only imagine that the current climate has grown homophobic in the sense that older writings scarcely mention homosexuality and, if so, somewhat indifferently. This is despite our beliefs that we claim to have grown more culturally sensitive and diverse in our contemporary views. It's quite the contrary, actually, since, with this growth, our curiosity has given rise to a sort of freedom to present topics in conversations, usually slid in by way of questions, that are outright offensive and inappropriate. The questions seem to point and whisper, "You are different. Defend yourself, say you are not."