Our culture appears obsessed with whether homosexual acts are scary. In my book, Is Gay Good? I avoid that debate and examine the nonmoral aspect of the issue.
A moral valuation is concerned with whether homosexual acts are moral, right or wrong. In my analysis, I describe a nonmoral evaluation of the trait or state of same sex attraction without regard to how people act on this impulse. Many people have discussed the moral aspects of homosexuality. However, I analyze the situation differently. I examine the question of whether homosexuality as a trait is a nonmoral good as opposed to the question of whether homosexual acts are morally good or right. The analysis incorporates insights from the biological and social sciences and is based upon assumptions about sexuality consistent with a Christian theological point of view. It closes with a recommendation for a Biblical and compassionate approach to the church’s ministry of gays and lesbians.
Morality and Powerful Impulses
Although it is perfectly legitimate to discuss the morality of any kind of human behavior because we are moral creatures. But when a behavior is rooted in a distinctive, powerful impulse, such as sex, it is helpful to ask about the nonmoral value of the impulse considered apart from whether acting it out is moral or not.
For example, heterosexuals, most of them anyway, have an impluse or desire for sexual union with the other sex. The desire is not often limited to only one person of the other sex. Those who are married also have sexual desires for partners to whom they are not married. Nevertheless, there is a general tendency across cultures to condemn acting upon one’s sexual impulses to anyone to whom you are not married or in a committed relationship. On the the other hand, no one would say that it is bad to have a sexual desire for other partners even though it might be wrong to act on the desire.
Is Gay Good? will help you examine the question whether homosexuality the desire for sex with a same sex person, is a good in and of itself. Heated debates and hatred have no place in analytic study. One chapter examines a view in the Bible about the nature of homosexuality but with total respect for other points of view.
Homosexuals and the Church
My views are echoed in voices of experts on homosexuality and the church. For example, Dr. Kenneth Boa, talks about how homosexuals hate the church because they feel people in the church hate them. See the blog here, https://bible.org/seriespage/all-heaven-allows-homosexuality-and-meaning-love.
He argues that “homosexuals who favor a more brazenly alternative lifestyle are sometimes hostile toward homosexuals who seek a more ‘mainstream’ fit into the general culture. One of the favorite slogans of the homosexual rights movement and of those sympathetic to them is ‘Hate is not a family value.’ It is not a Christian value, either. The goal of thinking about this and any other ethical issue is not to give ‘us’ ammunition against ‘them,’ but to understand our own moral responsibilities first of all and then enable us to stand up for our convictions and honestly ‘speak the truth in love’ (Eph. 4:15) to anyone who will listen.”
This book’s nonmoral evaluation of homosexuality will help you discuss the topic more readily, making being gay not as scary a problem as previously thought.