Where do we draw the line on sexuality?
Ever since the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the legalization of same-sex marriage, there has been much celebration in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGTB) world –– understandably so. After all, the gay community can now have unions of man and “woman”, man and man, woman and “man”, and woman and woman –– at least in all of a America, as in some other parts of the Earth.
But the church in Barbados is having none of it. The Anglican Church’s West Indies Archbishop and Barbados Bishop Dr John Holder has already made it clear his diocese will not be accommodating any gay nuptials in the House of the Lord. Nor will the Methodist Church of Barbados.
Now, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) has added clout to the very positions of the preceding two. PAWI argues The Bible recognizes marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman only, and that any move to impose any law endorsing –– or enforcing, we would add –– same-sex marriage on a nation would be a move endangering the belief of the church and violating the law of God.
Says PAWI: “We believe that same-sex marriage is against the divine plan for marriage and its purpose for procreation. Our organization promotes the family unit as a fundamental institution, where a mother and father nurture children, instil faith, and inculcate moral strengths and spiritual values.
“Thus, legalization of same-sex marriage will destabilize the family unit and result in harmful consequences for the society at large.”
There can hardly be any sensible argument against the notion that the family unit, as we have known it, makes for a sound society –– and world by extension, though we must confess that in the latter case, the challenge we face from the “sex rightists” will be herculean.
Homosexuality and lesbianism are hardly wholesome expressions of love and sexual purport, if we have any grasp of the intended design of God’s human, gender interrelation and procreation, and any appreciation of the miracle of life that may come with healthy and naturally bonding and beneficial sex. At best, gayness is –– and ought to be, for the sake of the protection of our children –– an adult aversion better kept between consenting parties and a forgiving God Almighty, if only they would go and sin no more.
History has shown that the practice of homosexuality was rampantly introduced into childhood by contemptible adults (paedophiles) seeking new adventures –– given the human spirit to go where no others have gone before.
It is not unknown for marauding men to have seized upon sheep, cows and horses before. But just this week a Floridian man, 59, was reported to have sexually assaulted multiple times a day a 12-foot alligator, which he kept tied and blindfolded for the last month. He clearly would tread where no other man had before.
Fortunately for the reptile, a nature hiker caught the aggressor abusing the animal and reported it to the county sheriffs, who arrested the Floridian on multiple counts of animal cruelty and one of illegally keeping a wild animal.
The abuser’s defence was that the alligator had tried to eat him the swamp, and he was taking revenge.
This may at first seem a far cry from men-on-men and women-on-women sex, but it is an indicator of how far man will go in satisfying sexual desire for the fun –– or otherwise –– of it, or as a right.
We ask: what next after approved same-sex marriages? Same-sex unions between consenting adult and child? Between consenting man or woman and pet? Where will we draw the line?
These days, under the banner of individual rights and liberties, we continue to strip our God-given sexuality of its holistic purpose for being. Evidently, a brighter future for our progeny will depend much on healthier and more wholesome thinking.
What we, by our words and deeds, exemplify before our children in our sexuality cannot continue to be bereft of moral and ethical blending. This can only undermine the self-esteem and self-respect which we have a duty to foster among our youth –– our future leaders.
There have been many among the powers that be who have been recommending formal sex education among our young. What indeed will we teach them?
Shall we set in their impressionable minds the imagery of liberated sex rights and options –– with gay abandon? Shall we have them scoff at our church’s stand, and stray from God’s protection, and later guidance in selecting the right sexual partner, at the right age, at the right time, and of the right gender?
Can our Barbadian society in such circumstances truly escape –– without the Almighty’s guiding hand –– the plunging of us all –– parents and children, gays and others –– over the precipice of disorder, decadence, and ultimate grief?