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FIRST-PERSON: So, which is it?

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)–Presently in America, it seems that when it comes to sexual orientation, nature — or God — does not make mistakes. We are told that men and women are genetically programmed to be attracted to the opposite sex, the same sex or even both. It is strongly asserted by those who champion homosexual rights that a person’s sexual orientation is in same category as skin and/or eye color. The argument is thus: “God made me gay.”

However, the same people who assert the aforementioned instruct us that when it comes to the issue of a person’s actual sex, i.e., the organs an individual is born with, nature — or God — does indeed make mistakes. We are told that there are men who are born into women’s bodies and vice versa. These individuals are supported in their efforts to surgically change their “outsides,” i.e. plumbing, to match their “insides,” i.e. sexual identity. The argument is thus: “God made me wrong.”

Now I don’t think I have to point out the logical disconnect between the two arguments. They simply cannot both be correct.

If God makes no mistakes in the realm of human sexuality, then we must conclude that those who believe they have been born into the wrong body are either incredibly confused and/or terribly disturbed. After all, if sexual orientation is genetically determined and cannot be altered, then surely a person’s actual sexual reality is also fixed. At the very least, those who believe they were born with the wrong sexual organs need psychological help in the worst way.

On the other hand, if nature — or God — does indeed make mistakes and people are born into the wrong bodies, then we must also conclude that mistakes can occur when it comes to the “hard wiring” of a creature’s sexual orientation. Thus, it is valid to assert that simply because homosexual tendencies are alleged to be natural does not make them normal. After all, nature makes mistakes. Hence, we should do all we can to find therapies to assist in correcting the reality of unnatural sexual orientation.

Many people believe that alcoholism and obesity are genetic. Researchers are actively seeking to isolate the genes they believe trigger a person’s propensity to overindulge in alcohol and or food. These particular scientists pursue their research not to justify drunkenness or overeating, but to help curtail the unhealthy behavior.

The case that is made for isolating a “gay gene” is not for health reasons. It is certainly not in order to correct aberrant sexual behavior. No, homosexual activists hope to discover a “gay gene” in order to justify homosexual behavior. The assumption those who champion homosexuality as natural and normal make is that if something is genetic it has to be good. However, when the same people come to the defense of a so-called transgendered individual, they argue that nature has made a tragic mistake. So, which is it?

If a Caucasian person asserted that he or she was born the wrong race, would such a person be accommodated? If they said, “Forget my physical makeup; inside I am really black, or Hispanic, or etc….” Would society extend to such a person the status of being a minority? Some would suggest, and I would be among them, that such a person would be in serious need of counseling.

However, given the current climate some would argue that such a person should have the right to live life in accordance to his or her racial perception. How dare society impose racial identity on anyone? Others would even champion the person’s right to a procedure to “correct” their skin color. That way, their outer reality could match their inner perception. Some would even assert the government should pay for it.

If the above scenario sounds ludicrous, just apply it to the current debate on sexual orientation and identity. People are no more born homosexual or into the wrong body than they are born the wrong race. Some common sense needs to be applied in American society before we tolerate ourselves into oblivion.
Boggs is pastor of Valley Baptist Church, McMinnville, Ore.

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