There is also an interesting discussion of the article in the comments here.
Misty Irons has an interesting perspective on the whole conversation.
This is a particularly critical conversation for me as the InterVarsity chapter at my university has been getting more involved in collaborative events with the Gay Alliance here.
I'm not sure where I fall on these things.
- Is there still a debate about whether homosexuality is something you're born into/with?
- What do I think about the label 'homosexual Christian'? Actually, it probably doesn't matter what I think about the label -- I think there's a better question here that I haven't found a way to express.
- Loneliness. What is it, and what does it mean in the context of a Christian longing for companionship with someone of the same sex?
Through all of it, I think Misty's conclusion is applicable, whether I agree with her other reasoning or not:
If every straight person were to stop for five minutes and truly consider the extent to which their own heterosexual orientation has permeated every aspect of the way they have been thinking, feeling and relating to the world since the second grade, and then imagine what it would be like to struggle to suppress every aspect of their heterosexuality all day, every day for years on end, no one would be asking homosexuals questions like, "Why can't you get a grip on your loneliness?" "Can't you ever get over labeling yourself 'gay' or 'homosexual'?" "Why can't you just turn to God for love?"
Instead more people would be saying, "Tell me what it's like to be you." "What can I do to help you make it through today?" "Do you have a free evening to go grab a burger with me?"