I’ve been reading Gabriel Blanchard’s stuff over at Mudblood Catholic, a site of which I’m newly and extremely fond. I don’t agree (I don’t think) with Gabriel on all points, but I love his clarity of thought, his humor, and his honesty.

Given the whole Exodus thing, orientation change has been the obsession du jour in the Gershom headspace. It’s a subject I don’t relish but can’t not think about, although thanks to some mixture of maturity and meds, it’s something I can stop thinking about when I feel done with it.

My position on the whole thing is something like this:

  • Gay people (and everybody else) can and should seek competent help in looking closely at the things that are causing them pain.
  • They should do this not in response to some kind of moral imperative, but just because suffering, although it can be offered up, is itself an evil.
  • Yes, suffering is an evil and should be avoided if reasonably possible. I can’t believe this is controversial. Even Jesus didn’t want to be crucified.
  • I do think it’s possible that, as a kind of side effect of emotional healing, some people with SSA sometimes see a diminution of same-sex attraction and an increase of opposite-sex attraction.
  • But! Making this kind of shift the whole point of therapy, or of addressing one’s issues in general, is stupid and dangerous and, on the part of those offering the therapy, incredibly irresponsible.

Whether we’re able to relate to other human beings in healthy ways matters a zillion times more than whether we fancy a roll in the hay with them. If you’re focusing too much on the second thing, you’re not going to get the first.

In other words, Seek ye first His healing and His sanity, and heterosexuality will be added unto you as well — or actually, it almost definitely won’t, but by the time you’ve achieved some measure of sanity, you’ll begin to discover that heterosexuality matters very much less than you had supposed.

So yes, as you were, I’m going to take a few breaths and keep drinking my coffee. Why the !@#$ did I quit smoking again?

7 thoughts on “Seek Ye First

    1. Rachel

      I read this article too. It sparked quite the conversation between my husband and myself. I cried as well, but I think any parent would cry reading an article about the loss of a child. In the end although I feel like it was a decent piece, I felt that it reduced the issue to one sexual attraction. As people we are more then who we are attracted to. My take away was the lack of choice given to the son more then anything.

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    2. Mark from PA

      I just read that story, JMG. It is so tragic. Rejection is an awful thing and from reading this story it shows also how damaging drugs can be. How said that people can’t just accept people for who they are. I think our society is getting better at that be we aren’t there yet.

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  1. David Cuff

    Hey Steve,
    I enjoy reading your candid thoughts and comments. I support your courage and “View Of The Universe.”
    I also have experienced suffering and believe I have experienced some measure of the “Fellowship of suffering” (Philippians 3:10) Paul and The Holy Spirit speaks of. Although my suffering is an incurable disease of my immune system it seams to be a long-term battle (over 10 years now).
    Anyway…enough of me…wanted to say thanks for your blog and the spirit behind it.
    Cheers!

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  2. mikell

    Never and I mean never trust a hetrosexual medical person. In the 50s California doctors treating the desease of SSA performed 3000 labadamies, and you wonder why so many choose not to come out. I’m associated with a lot of medical people and in private things haven’t changed as much as you think. They smile, they sempithise but they’re disgusted when your gone. I see it every day. Bitter, no longer, I just dont care.

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