Ok, let me jump right in. The question in the last blog was about where sexual orientation comes from. Are people born with an orientation, or is it something that is a product of socialization/environment/learned behavior? This is an important question in today’s political and social climate, but it is one that is extremely difficult to answer. Right now the emotions surrounding this topic are so strong that I don’t believe any valid research has been done. I believe most people come to the topic with their minds already made up and then use research to prove they are right. Everyone knows that is not a good way to do scientific research. As a result, for every study that says “people are born gay” you can find two studies that says they are not; and for every study that says “people are not born gay” you can find two studies that says they are. In the future, maybe the question can be answered definitively. But right now, it is a difficult question. In reality, it really doesn’t matter if sexual orientation is biological or not.
But I find it interesting that any time in my classes when this subject comes up people automatically jump to the homosexual orientation. No one ever suggests that people are born asexual or bisexual or heterosexual. No one ever suggests that asexual activity or bisexual activity or heterosexual activity is a learned behavior and/or a product of our environment. I don’t think people realize how important it is to include asexual and bisexual orientation in the conversation; and I think many people assume they were born heterosexual but homosexuality is a learned behavior, without realizing the contradiction in that statement. In other words, I think either all sexual orientations are biological, or no sexual orientations are biological. I don’t think you can pick and choose which ones are biological and which ones are sociological.
I still haven’t given you my answer, and don’t jump to conclusions about where you think I am headed. For now, what do you think about what I just said, and what implications does it have for Christianity?