The month of June brings forth a controversial topic of gay pride. June is gay pride month and throughout the month several organizations, companies, celebrities, politicians, etc. use this month to promulgate, celebrate, and propagate homosexual activism. I have written on the issue of gay marriage (http://rratedreligion.org/2020/01/27/124/) and homosexual activism (http://rratedreligion.org/2020/08/03/who-owns-the-rainbow/) in previous articles so feel free to review them as needed. What I want to put forth as the thesis for this article is more about the fallacy of “pride,” itself, being the source of anything to celebrate.
The problem in Gay Pride Month is not the homosexual problem, which the biblical text addresses over and over again. The real problem is why anyone, let alone a group, would be proud of a sexual act with other persons to the extent that an entire month should be devoted to spotlighting said act in a month long celebratory fashion that only extols a debaucherous and perverted pride in self-adulation.
I should first address the root of this problem with Judea-Christianity and homosexuality, primarily the hell-fire eternal damnation clause; that is the history of Christians persecuting homosexual for centuries. Homosexual condemnation and persecution should never be conflated, even though it often is. Unfortunately, this is part of our history and invokes such invidious emotions by the mere mention of homosexuality and religion. This is a terrible part of out past and Christians should own this and learn from it. It is never right to persecute others for not adhering to our theology. The Church is better than that, it has not always been but it should be in the future.
Without going down a theological rabbit hole, I want to leave with one scripture that is often used in this debate but often misinterpreted:
“Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
This is a very popular passage to condemn homosexuality, and that might be true; however, the next part of the passage is mostly overlooked:
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
The key phrase is “and such were some of you” recognizing that the congregation was once guilty of all these sins, including homosexuality. This has great significance in how Christians ought to judge and condemn sin, which has often been misused in the realm of homosexuality. It is not the act of sodomy, in and of itself, that damns someone but the inability to recognize sin, confess it, and repent from it. This is where Judea-Christianity should meet the homosexuality debate with kindness, tenderness, and understanding.
That being said, the issue with gay pride month is more than simple theology, it begs the question: What are you so proud of? Why are human beings devoting an entire month to a sexual act? Human beings should not define themselves by what they do behind closed doors. Your sexuality should not define you. This is extremely problematic and has created a modern world that is obsessed with self-indulgence, self-esteem, and sexuality. I portend that this will have catastrophic moral implications.
I ask all people who claim to be part of the LGBTQ community to repudiate this trend and strive for defining themselves on what they do for others and not what they do to others. Even if you completely divorce yourself from the theological debate, purely from a secular perspective, gay pride month is simplistic, ridiculous, and patronizing. If a gay man or woman is completely satisfied with his/her lifestyle why, on earth would you find it adequate to designate a month-long festivity into that lifestyle choice? This is decadence on its face and works to undermine the movement.
Devoting whole months to activism assuredly shows the egocentric nature of modernity and spotlights the depravity of creatures. This constant attempt to pat ourselves on the back for self-categorizing ourselves into social or ethnic groups is theological proof that mankind is opposed to truth.
Humans history consists of human-beings fighting for freedoms that once obtained, only serve to re-enslave themselves with progressive movements that further fetter our minds to sin. This is playing out, in real time, with the transgender controversy that so obviously slighted what homosexuals have fought against for decades, namely choice and autonomy. At one point the debate was choice and now it is evident that one can choice his/her sex. Soon the T from LGBTQ will have a month of their own.