Some of the “news” this week is not that new. I refer to the American grandmother who gave birth to her grandchild. A quick internet search showed that this same thing happened in 2011, or maybe even earlier. One grandmother in Wales carried her grandchild because her daughter had no womb. However, I suspect that what made this American grandmother’s pregnancy so newsworthy is the fact that she carried a grandchild for her son and his male mate by using her son’s sperm and an egg of the other man’s sister. Quite a scientific accomplishment which satisfied a desire of a homosexual couple to have a child.
What was done for the homosexual couple was not, in today’s world, that unusual for science. We have twin granddaughters who speak of their biological father as “the donor”, a well-researched sperm donor who may or may not ever meet his children. A nephew and his male partner have three children under the age of one year. The older child was born using my nephew’s sperm and a surrogate. Within a year, twins were born using his partner’s sperm and the egg of a surrogate.
I share these two stories to let you know that, while not an expert, I have a personal history with some of our new ways of having children. It is a far way from the world I grew up in when a young man had to buy “protection” against an unwanted pregnancy from a machine in a gas station rest room, and the “protection” also helped prevent the little known STDs of that era. An unwanted pregnancy in those days, the 1960s, was viewed as an embarrassment and the woman was treated only a bit better than the sexual sinners of Hawthorne. Unplanned pregnancies in by-gone days resulted in the child being “given up” for adoption. Today, many biological parents are young, so young that their situation is referred to as “babies having babies.” Yet, mores change, and television, that great reflector of culture, now shows homosexual and mixed-race couples. They touch. Kiss. Show all the emotions of Adam and Eve. However, what concerns me most as a Christian is not these new images of our culture. While I may or may not agree with them, I am more concerned with other issues that are not all that new.
Things change. For example, I graduated high school in 1964—all white graduates. At my church, no blacks ever walked through its door. Yes, “mixing” between blacks and whites took place, such as in the case of Senator Strom Thurmond. But those were hushed. In my high school there was one know homosexual male, and two older man always hovered. These things were with us, but not publicly acknowledged or accepted as now. Mixed couples are, at least on the surface, accepted. However, the homosexuals are hotly discussed by Christians.
So often in our church, I hear the phrase, “We are all sinners,” or “We are born into sin.” If that is true, and I believe so, then the ministers, deacons, mixed-race couples, and homosexuals are sinners. But it seems to me we stumble over the sin of homosexuality.
For instance: A divorced man, I teach an adult Sunday School class. Jesus clearly states that I am a sinner for that and my adultery. If I were homosexual, would I be allowed to teach a Sunday School class?
I suggest that Christians understand the sins of the Commandments because they have broken one or more of them. I understand the sad consequence of adultery because I have lived it, and that makes it easier for me to accept and love a fellow sinner because he or she has acted like me. The sin of homosexuality is foreign to me, but the sinner of it is not.
Let us concentrate on curing cancers such as gossip, hunger, inadequate housing and clothing, and all the others. Not stumbling over the fellow sinner, homosexual or other, will make us all stronger and better.