October 30, 2012 (Psalm 4:7)
‘You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.’ (PS 4: 7)
One way that I have experienced emotional freedom is in same gender friendships. One could say that at the core of most same-sex attraction is the cry for emotional belonging and solidarity with one’s own gender. In regards to one’s ‘inner child’, we are talking about a normal developmental need. But that need gets distorted by the erotic/romantic confusion of a wayward adult.
Sorting out one thing from another is an awesome, arduous adventure. The joy of genuine friendship makes the journey worthwhile. I have experienced a level of intimacy and reliance upon male friends now that would have been inconceivable if sex had been introduced into the mix.
Homosexual behavior frustrates the very need it seeks to meet. Chaste friendship liberates the potential for genuine disclosure, authentic emotion, fully clothed.
‘As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Now remain in My love…I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and so that your joy may be complete.’ (John 15: 9, 11)
‘Father, in Your love, teach us to be chaste; liberate the joy of chaste friendship. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we confess our sins of cowardice and compromise. We have violated Your holy commands in regards to what we have done to our bodies and to other bodies. And in our compromise we have become cowards, unwilling to stand for what we know to be true for the dignity of all. We ask that You might have mercy on Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington; uphold marriage in these states, and in our nation, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on ‘gay marriage.’