With Rusty’s continued indulgence, I’d like to chat a bit about something that’s pretty near to me. I’ve been meaning to write it up in an essay for months… but haven’t yet — trepidation and time conspiring to keep me silent. Perhaps this week, with a little bit of y’all’s help, I’ll put some meat on her bones — flesh-out the line a bit.
You see, I am asked (more than I thought I would be) how it is that I can be both gay and Mormon.
Some of my Mormon friends wonder how a good mormon boy can even countenance such a lifestyle, and a few of my gay friends can barely hide their disdain for a religion that they see as being horribly horribly wrong. And then there are the young men (mostly) who struggle with their orientation and ask me how I do it — how I keep the faith.
I don’t know, really… so maybe it’s time that I figure it out a bit. Give some sound to those voices in my head.
So stick with me over the next few days as I discuss some basic terminology, socio-sexual identity, a few interesting points of doctrine… and, ultimately, a few possible paths the Church could walk in addressing homosexuality’s place in the Great Plan of Happiness.
I’m reticent, of course, because words have power… and I fear that my words today may not reflect my feelings tomorrow. But I’m more afraid that I’m completely off-base, that I’ve done the math and missed something along the way. This is hardly a light matter, so it’s natural to be concerned…
I’m not a theologian, and I have no stewardship in the Kingdom that would begin to give me any special prerogative, here. Nope… I’m just a man of abiding faith and a deep testimony of the gospel, trying to come to terms with his own sexuality… and I’d like y’all to join me as I hash-out a few ideas over the next few days.
I’d be much obliged.