I’ve been scanning through a pamphlet from the church website on SSA called God Loveth His Children. It’s quite apropos considering my post last week. However, it doesn’t answer all the things I’m curious about as much as it reassures us that we don’t need answers necessarily to every thing right this very instant.
An understanding of eternal truths is a powerful motivation for righteous behavior. You are best served by concentrating on the things you can presently understand and control, not wasting energy or enlarging frustration by worrying about that which God has not yet fully revealed. Focus on living the simple truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Same-gender inclinations may be very powerful, but through faith in the Atonement you can receive the power to resist all improper conduct, keeping your life free from sin.
One interesting part of the piece seems particularly applicable to blogging:
In addition to filling your garden with positive influences, you must also avoid any influence that can harm your spirituality. One of these adverse influences is obsession with or concentration on same-gender thoughts and feelings. It is not helpful to flaunt homosexual tendencies or make them the subject of unnecessary observation or discussion. It is better to choose as friends those who do not publicly display their homosexual feelings. The careful selection of friends and mentors who lead constructive, righteous lives is one of the most important steps to being productive and virtuous. Association with those of the same gender is natural and desirable, so long as you set wise boundaries to avoid improper and unhealthy emotional dependency, which may eventually result in physical and sexual intimacy. There is moral risk in having so close a relationship with one friend of the same gender that it may lead to vices the Lord has condemned. Our most important relationships are with our own families because our ties to them can be eternal.
I’ve gained a great deal of benefit from blogging, and I think I’m closer to my wife because of it. On the other hand, there have been times I’ve felt that it was a distracting and unproductive, and there have certainly been times where I’ve seen it as contributing to temptations (for me and as I’ve read the accounts of other bloggers).
I’ll look this over in more detail when I have time (which there seems to be precious little of lately!), but for now, what are your initial thoughts?