Check out this quote from John Piper:
We should never deal with sexual attraction in the abstract. It is always entangled with other facets of our soul, that may, at first glance seem disconnected from our sexual drives.
Here’s another excerpt:
We should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul before we conclude that a person is fixed in a same-sex orientation. For example, we may find that a man’s homosexual exploits are really a manifestation of a deeper spiritual issue of being harsh and controlling.
As I look at it… of course… most of our sins (whatever they are) are ‘entangled with other facets of our soul’. Sin is highly complex. That is how someone called to ministry falls from grace in the most unbelievably embarrassing way. It is a dark journey that, as Piper states, is entangled with so many other facets of our soul.
But can you say that, and draw the conclusion that a man’s homosexual ‘exploits’ are really just a manifestation of other things like harshness or the need to control?
I suppose it could be.
Or… they could be gay.
I understand what Piper is saying, and I agree to an extent.
But I wonder if sometimes we try to read in to what sin is really committed (and why).
There is none of us that is righteous. (No not one).
As you deal with homosexuals in your community, church, family, for example,… how do you deal with them?
Do you try to diagnose the base level sin (pride, control, selfishness)?
Piper’s main point is that we can not over-generalize when it comes to people with same-sex issues. His examples are ‘predatory lesbians’ (what in the WORLD is that?) and men experimenting because they’re lonely.
What do YOU think?
How would you counsel a ‘predatory lesbian’?
How would you counsel a man experimenting? (Would you say he’s gay or just trying to not be lonely?)
And how would you counsel overall? Would you look for root issues that are causing the homosexual behavior to flare, or would you start with the fact that they are just ‘gay’?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.