My Thoughts On “National Coming Out Day”

I don’t support gay marriage.

The reason why is not because I’m trying to deprive gay people of happiness.

The reason why is because of my Catholic faith:

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2357

I say this as a prelude to expressing my thoughts on National Coming Out Day, in order to let everyone reading this post know:

Though I don’t support gay marriage, that doesn’t mean I don’t want gay people to be treated with respect and love — treated like the beings created in the image and likeness of God that all people are.

God created mankind in His image.
~ Genesis 1:27

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
~ Jeremiah 1:5

Nobody should fear “coming out” for any reason.

It is the duty of Christians to create and cultivate an environment where all people are aware of their inherent dignity and value. (Genesis 1:31)

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of instances where such an environment is not created or cultivated:

Homeless Gay Teens Cast Out by Religious Families

Whatever you did to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did to me.
~ Matthew 25:40

Today (October 11th), on National Coming Out Day, may Christians remember these words:

“Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, Lord,” she answered.
“Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”
~ John 8:11

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5 thoughts on “My Thoughts On “National Coming Out Day”

  1. I’m amazed that you don’t support same-sex marriage but don’t have anything against the LGBT community; that’s truly interesting. You remind me of my brother you know. He doesn’t support same-sex marriage but he’s not going to go shunning anyone for it. If you don’t mind me asking, you pointed out that you don’t support same-sex marriage because you’re Catholic. Does your personal opinion differ from your religion or do you derive your opinion from your religion? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want, I’m just genuinely curious.

    1. I derive my opinion from my religion.

      I’m always free to refuse to believe in the teachings of my religion — there’s nothing stopping me from going “I’m not going to follow the Church’s teachings anymore.” But I don’t want to do that. The reason why is because my beliefs give my life a foundation.

      I think of my life as a house, and my faith as a foundation of solid rock:

      The winds and rains of life — stress, depression, regret, fear, to name a few — will try and tear me down, but because my “house” — my life — is built on a solid foundation, that (God-willing) will not happen.

      For more on why I believe what I believe: A post I wrote a while ago:
      https://timothyach.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/why-i-believe-in-god-and-why-atheists-lives-arent-meaningless/

      1. Oh my gosh that’s beautiful. That’s totally awesome that you have such a strong foundation that you can lean on when life starts going downhill. Good for you!

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