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Letter: We can't be sure what God wants

August 23. 2013 6:53PM
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We can’t be sure what God wants

When Pastor Mark Weller states that my recent letter “implies that modern science knows more about human nature that the Creator does,” (June 1), he seems to miss the point.

It is not that anyone knows more than God; it is rather that we all need the grace of self-doubt when it comes to asserting what it is that God wants amidst all the complexities of human existence. When in doubt, one tries to come down on the side of love of neighbor and what will foster their human enrichment.

That being said, I would like to apologize to anyone in the gay and lesbian community who might be following this correspondence — you might well be thinking that you have better things to do. Nearly all the examples raised by Weller to question the rationale of a genetic predisposition all have one thing in common: Each case involves one person using another as an instrument for the pursuit of his or her own goals.

Putting those with a same-sex attraction in such a context is at best imprudent, at worst a total lack of sensitivity. They all violate a fundamental principle of human flourishing, that we become our best selves in the act of giving ourselves to another in a way that enables them to grow as individuals.

The issue, then, is how do we, our social, political and religious institutions respond with neighborly love to those who wish to be that gift of self in same-sex unions.

— Al O’Dell, Columbus Grove

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