Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why is This All So Hard?

I don't see what's so weird about what Chris Brown said. He spoke the truth.

ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard called being gay an “open rebellion to God” during the network's special report on Jason Collins coming out today.

It's the way the media announced it that is just plain weird. They seldom get it right.

{This is worth reading and gives a transcript of what Christ Broussard said: ESPN Stands By Christian analyst}
Leave it to the news media to get it wrong...yet again. BEING homosexual is no more a sin than BEING heterosexual if, in fact, one is born that way. I believe the trial is still out on that and I know there are some young people today who think it's just a "kool" new fad to follow. Get with the times. Let's have a Grumpy Ol' Men's Club and give it a lot of hype and hip and fashion and make it "kool". Doesn't make it "right" but it sure makes something kooler to focus on and talk about than little ol' ladies praying in church.

We are as God made us and we're all at fault for defiling God's natural order at some point in our lives. So let's please get over ourselves for just a minute.

Let me rephrase that. We're all at fault for defiling God's law time and time and time and time again. We do it on a daily basis. I'm sure He's pretty outdone with all of us.

It's the acts that we engage in that pull us away from God, not WHO we are. 
It's the sins that we commit that lead to his disappointment in us, not WHO we are.

We are like disobedient children.

But like any good parent, God, through His handbook (The Bible), keeps telling us to behave and get back on the narrow path and focus and be nice and lead a good, clean life.

Like disobedient children, we don't listen well. We don't want to listen. It's more fun to be disobedient. Consequences? What's that?

In our humanity, we are called to strive to be the image and likeness of Christ to others. One cannot do that when one is openly defying God's law and calling himself a Christian.

The media has made this into a circus and we are all looking at each other as they used to look at people in freak shows. Let's stop exploiting each other.

S-x talk (which I'm writing this way so I don't get all kinds of misguided readers to my blog) does not belong on a sport network. S-x does not belong on the basketball court. S-x does not belong in the classroom. (Since when does that equate with reading, writing, and 'rithmetic!?!?) S-x does not belong at family reunions. S-x belongs in a bedroom between a married man and woman who are fully committed to one another where they can become co-creators with the God who blesses this union and makes it a life-giving chance to further His existence and presence to future generations.

Creation didn't happen a billion+ years ago. It's happening right now. Outside your window. Inside a hospital delivery room. In the privacy of a couple's bedroom. Creation is happening now. We are included in God's Plan of creation. We co-create with Him.

Snatching this from my class last night via Fr. Barron or, rather, he snatched it from St. Augustine, so I guess the three of us are mere messengers of God:

"I myself, what I love, and love itself" (IX.2)
Which simply translate that we are included in the Trinitarian image of:
God---the lover
Son---is the loved one
Spirit---is love found within our human experience
And we see it again in God's creation:
Husband---the lover
Wife---the loved one
Children---love found within 

It's a beautiful thing to be included.

S-x is a gift, not an entitlement.

We have gotten totally off-balance by allowing the news media and social media to exploit people and because the news media does it we think it is correct to exploit one another. Humanity becomes everything, Divine becomes nothing. That's so wrong. We are nothing, God is everything. We are totally dependent on God. And people hate to be dependent on others, don't we? Unless, maybe it's the government who gives us free food and money?

We live in a world that values independence and governing oneself. That's not wrong in itself but there comes a time in all our lives when we will be dependent on others. Infancy and old age. And it's it ironic those are the two stages of life that are in jeopardy of being snuffed out. And then what? We fail to see the beauty in the humbling experience which is found in being dependent on others simply because we don't want to be dependent and we don't want to have expectations placed upon us...myself included.

God calls us to be something more than weak humans. He calls us to a higher state of being and that demands that we become obedient and dependent.

Dependency upon God Almighty means that we are able to soften the hearts of sinners, seep mercy to the afflicted, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinner, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offences willingly, and pray, pray, pray, pray, pray...without ceasing.

Why is it so hard to do that?

{Updated to include this piece which included an interview with Bono, leader singer of U2:
 God, S-x, and Bono }

"Assayas simply cannot understand how the world’s biggest rock star could believe Jesus is the Son of God. Nor can he understand how Bono has remained faithful to his wife of 25 years.
In the portions of their dialogue that follow, Bono responds to his incredulous interviewer’s suggestion of “incarnating” lustful temptations by turning it on its head. Bono meets Assayas right where he is and, with a stroke of genius, directs the conversation towards a reflection on the relationship between eros, agape and the incarnation of God’s Son.
Assayas: “But you’re the singer and frontman in a band, and it’s not just any band. I’m sure you’ve been tempted. Don’t you ever feel that no matter what you have decided [about fidelity to your wife], love needs to be incarnated?…Think of groupies.”

Bono: “We never fostered that environment. If you mean groupie in the sense that I know it, which is sexual favors traded for proximity with the band…Taking advantage of a fan, sexual bullying is to be avoided, but the music is sexual…Sometimes…the erotic love [we sing about] can turn into something much higher, and bigger notions of love, and God, and family. It seems to segue very easily for me between those.”

Assayas: “I’m surprised at how easily religion comes up in your answers, whatever the question is. How come you’re always quoting from the Bible? Was it because it was taught at school? Or because your father or mother wanted you to read it?”

Bono: “Let me try to explain something to you, which I hope will make sense of the whole conversation…I remember coming back from a very long tour…On Christmas Eve I went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral…It had dawned on me before, but it really sank in: the Christmas story. The idea that God, if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough. That it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty…a child, I just thought: ‘Wow!’ Just the poetry. Unknowable love, unknowable power, describes itself as the most vulnerable. There it was.

I was sitting there, and…tears came down my face, and I saw the genius of this, utter genius of picking a particular point in time and deciding to turn on this. Because that’s exactly what we were talking about earlier: love needs to find form, intimacy needs to be whispered. To me, it makes sense. It’s actually logical. It’s pure logic. Essence has to manifest itself. It’s inevitable. Love has to become an action or something concrete. It would have to happen. There must be an incarnation. Love must be made flesh. Wasn’t that your point earlier?”

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