I just watched your video. I was posting my video about Sanford when you were posting your pastor. Kind of ironic, I guess.
But you know, I don't get it.
All of this pain and suffering and guilt about sex. I really don't get it.
The woman at the well got it. She was a complete social outcast because of her sexual sin, but Jesus didn't treat her as such. Instead, He told her where she could find "living water" - Him.
You'll notice that, despite the topic of the talk, homosexuality itself was barely discussed, although a point was clearly made towards the end that the bible does clearly teach sexual relationships were created for men and women.
I can't help but think that all of this pain and suffering that your pastor is describing has more to do with issues related to dishonesty, betrayal, manipulation and power imbalances than with the sexual act itself.
I tend to agree with that. I don't think he equates pain and suffering to the sexual act itself.
I mean, he makes it all sound pretty horrible.
Because it can be, for so many people. You'd have to agree that the amount of suffering in this world of a sexual nature is huge. But what causes the suffering? That's a very big question, one I doubt we could ever resolve on an internet forum. Sadly, some of the suffering is caused by folk who use the bible to make homosexuals feel like they alone are sinners. I hate that it happens, because we're all sinners according to the bible. (that we all do wrong I won't get an argument on, but I know you'll all hate hearing it called sin).
And I find myself wondering, does this brand of Christianity appeal to folks who blame sex for lying and deceiving people they purport to love?
I wouldn't have thought so. The heart of the problem is the problem with the heart.
Is it easier to blame sex and sin for your own poor life choices and bad behavior, than it is to own up to your own bad decisions?
Confessing sin is
owning up and recognising your own bad choices, and not attempting to wallow in the mindset of "that's just natural that I would do that" or "I was born with a sinful nature, so I will just get on with it"
I mean, take this Sanford guy. I don't really care where he puts his dick. But someone who abandons his post, lies to his wife, (and everyone else) and doesn't even have contact with his 4 children on father's day - while there is a national search going on to determine if he is dead or alive? That is not about sex.
Well...yes and no. It is about sex, in that quite clearly sexual temptation is just a massive thing for men. There can be no argument on that front. It's a very powerful urge, and even men who try to please God can be overcome by the urge and commit horrible acts and do horrible things.
That is about poor character, and bad decisions. So he, and your pastor, it seems, think it is all about sex.
it is definitely about poor decisions. Unfortunately, people tend to make poor decisions about sexual matters rather regularly.
I think it is about a much deeper set of issues, and that his actions speak volumes about his loyalties, his priorities, and his desire for control.
But again, you can't completely remove the sex from the problem. Sex is a wonderful thing. But it can be, and can be the instigator of, terrible things.
The people of South Carolina would agree with you and your pastor. They have forgiven him. Re elected him. But I think this whole "we are all sinners too" bs gives him and everyone else a free pass to NOT take responsibility for their own behavior.
Perhaps you could expand on that? Not quite sure what other outcome would have been more acceptable to you? Seems to me that begrudging someone a second chance is not something you would normally do. I certainly don't think he'll be living the life he used to. His relationships with his wife and kids will be changed for the worse, in spite of whatever genuine (and commendable) efforts they make to forgive him.
I think the man is scum, and I'm embarrassed that he is an elected representative of my country. The fact that he has the power to legislate other people's intimate relationships is beyond comprehension. And I think blaming sex and sin is a cheap cop out.
I understand that emotion. But if moral spotlessness was neceessary for holding public office...well, you can guess my conclusion.