I received an anonymous comment to yesterday’s post that was obviously written by a committed (straight) Mormon. Because of the nature of the comment, I decided to punt it to you, dear readers, to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts before I do the same. I’d like to invite you to comment, and I hope many of you will. This is an opportunity to directly address several of the notions and attitudes that exist in the minds of “faithful” LDS concerning homosexuality. I will offer my own thoughts, but I’d like to first ask you to respond to this person and to help him/her to have “eyes to see” what we see and “ears to hear” what we hear, to feel what we feel, and to understand what we understand.
Here’s the comment:
Sincere question for you here.
You have a teenage daughter, so I'm guessing you have to be at least mid-40s correct? Average life expectancy of the American male is 76 years. So, assuming you're 45, and will live to be 76, you're approximately 60% of the way through your life. Up to this point, you've been a faithful member of the Church, paid your tithing, etc. So, you've only got 40% of life to go and if you can just keep on the path for that last stretch, you'll very likely receive exaltation and be together with your family, as the LDS Church teaches.
On the other hand, if you choose to live a homosexual lifestyle, you've got, on average, 31 years (assuming you're 45) left. Keeping in mind that after 65 you're pretty much "old" (no offense intended) which brings the "wild oats" years down to roughly 20. Are those 20 years worth it?
I'm not your bishop so I don't think what you do directly affects me very much, but I'm just curious about your thoughts on whether those 20 years are worth what you're giving up.
The floor is now yours.