I don’t agree with many things that emanate from the mouth of London’s present Mayor, Boris Johnson. I suspect him of being dangerously, perhaps ruthlessly ambitious, out of touch with the lives of ordinary people (whoever and whatever they are) and too enamoured of his own cloak of faux-naive buffoonery he dons so readily in public. I do however agree with one thing – the pulling by him of the adverts issued by Core Issues Trust (“…a non-profit Christian initiative seeking to support men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression…” – so says its website) and which were booked to appear for two weeks on the sides of many of London’s buses. “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay. And proud!”
For those not in touch with the goings-on in this city, these adverts, backed by Anglican Mainstream, were intended as a response to Stonewall’s recent ads – also on bus sides – saying “Some people are gay. Get over it!” The latter ad is self-explanatory. The former a little less so. It refers to claims – by that same group amongst others – that gayness is a successfully treatable issue!
I wonder why such people are so exercised by something which has nothing whatever to do with them. Some of them say their justification is the bible which claims homosexuality to be a sin. I’m not Bible-savvy enough to know about that. But I do know you could cite the Bible in justification for any number of what are now regarded as sins, crimes, whatever. But as the prophet of their religion is one Jesus Christ who, as far as I’m aware, made no such pronouncement about gayness, I’m not inclined to take their claim of Biblical justification very seriously. And we’ve all, in any case, been delighted many times in our school days and since, by the delicious irony that parts of the Bible appear at least to directly contradict others. It just depends on your point of view.
People are people. We are all who we are. Provided other people are not in any way harming you, or impinging on your right to exist in whatever fashion appeals to you, why does it matter to you how they, in turn, live their lives? And if, in any case, you feel that in so doing they’re offending God, don’t you think God can probably take care of that himself without your input?
Sexual relations between people of like gender are neither legitimate nor illegitimate, right nor wrong, moral nor immoral. It is simply the way it is. We are all our own selves, and made that way, or made in such a manner as to develop that way. And the fact that for the vast majority there is but one way of reaching out with another for a few moments’ relief from the tyranny of self and a glimpse of Home should not blind anybody to the fact that others, with others, may reach out differently. And if, in their union, there is tenderness, if there is in it love, care and affection does that not contribute to the wholeness of us all?