I had a brief encounter tonight on Twitter with some creep insisting that the “Nashville Statement” (which besmirches the name of the great city of Nashville just because the piece of garbage was written there) hasn’t harmed anyone.
He’s an obvious liar. Let’s look at why. Let’s pick apart the Nashville Statement.
“Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing
publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials.”
-Who is “we?” Who are these people with the unmitigated gall to think that their opinions about your sex life and mine matter? Most of us-the people I follow on Twitter and who follow me-never heard of this group before the day before yesterday. The majority of people I follow work in the writing industry in some way and are smart people, but this group of loons came out of nowhere.
“WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.
WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.”
-This right here makes me so angry. If marriage is designed to be “procreative,” if I followed their belief system, I’d never get married again because I can’t have children. I found out that I had fibroids (benign tumors of the uterus) when I was 26. I had a myomectomy (basically a C-section but to take out tumors.) It was not successful. The fibroids grew back so quickly that I could feel them again just by pressing on my abdomen 11 months after the myomectomy. By that time, I had aged off my mother’s insurance, and my full-time job did not provide health insurance. I walked around with a uterus full of tumors, looking eight months pregnant, being asked when I was due, for five years. I was anemic and skeletal. I got married. We were sure that doctors in New York could “fix” me. They couldn’t. I had to have a hysterectomy. After the hysterectomy, they called me and told me that there was no sign of cancer in my uterus, but that I also had adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is a disease that causes the uterus to turn to mush and will eventually make you go septic and die without a hysterectomy. I believe that some of the problems in my marriage began when I didn’t get “fixed” by the doctors. My ex-husband wanted children, but only his own. Adopted children weren’t good enough for him. I believe that he drove me out in order to marry a younger, fertile woman, and that mindset is absolutely derived from this utter garbage expressed in the very first article of the Nashville Statement. And now, reading the Nashville Statement literally, it seems that I’m never allowed to marry again because I can’t procreate, and of course, sex out of marriage is a sin.
Guess which finger I’m holding up.
Then “they” say that God’s will for unmarried people in chastity. Wow. These “people” are so dialed into God and so disconnected from the real world. I recently read that 40% of brides in the first half of the 1800s were pregnant when they got married. People have always had sex outside of marriage and always will.
“WE AFFIRM that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female.
WE DENY that the divinely ordained differences between male and female render them unequal in dignity or worth.”
-Okay, at least there’s that.
“WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.
WE DENY that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy to be overcome.”
-Evidently they aren’t Biblical scholars because that right there is heresy. The Bible says that women will bring forth children in pain and suffering as a result of “the Fall.” These people are all over the place. It’s like they said, “Well, let’s throw the women a bone before we start on the gays.”
Next, they belittle people born with “physical anomalies” (presumably intersex people) and dismiss “psychological anomalies” (presumably transgender, asexual, pansexual, and all those other words that they don’t know because they’re a bunch of perverse morons.) That’s the thing about the Nashville Statement. It screams perversity about the people who wrote it.
People born with “physical disorders of sex development” are compared to eunuchs but are cool as long as they “embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.” No pressure or anything.
Oh sweet heavenly Mother, this garbage goes on and on.
Being gay is, of course, unnatural. Apparently, if you’re gay, you should be celibate, or sentence yourself and your spouse to a life of misery while you try to pretend you’re straight.
“WE AFFIRM that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from the marriage covenant and toward sexual immorality— a distortion that includes both heterosexual and homosexual immorality. WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior.”
-Are they talking about adultery? Pedophilia? They seem intent on ambiguity, or maybe they think they sound smart.
Next, it’s a sin to approve of homosexuality or transgenderism. Well, I’m a sinner. What are you gonna do?
They have decided it’s their Christian duty to shove their beliefs down your throat. IMAGINE THAT.
They follow that up with “pray away the gay.”
You can also pray away being transgender. This isn’t just flaky nonsense. It’s dangerous, because it leads parents to send their LGBT kids to psycho doctors, shrinks, and camps in the belief they’ll come back “normal.” Articles 12 and 13 of the Nashville Statement brutally illustrate why the whole damn thing is, as I told the jackass on Twitter, harmful in and of itself.
Finally it ends with Article 14. Jesus came into the world to save all sinners.
This is an incredibly offensive and harmful document. It verbally beats down the LGBT community and infertile people. It doesn’t actually matter, because it’s basically verbal masturbation . . . oddly the only sexual “sin” not addressed . . . but it does matter because just reading it made me feel dirty, depressed, and worthless again. As I told the sentient piece of garbage who tried to force me to accept his view that the Nashville Statement is not harmful, people who can’t have children suffer every day when they see people with babies and children. Women and men. This . . . this arrogant, offensive “insight” into the mind of God by a bunch of lunatics harms me, every other infertile, unmarried person, every gay person, every lesbian, every bisexual person every transgender person, every person who isn’t straight, married, and popping out babies by making us feel we have no worth other than basically living as monks and nuns. Even if I marry a man and we adopt children, we’re still sinning if we have sex.
You have to be mentally disturbed to believe that. If you’re a Christian (I am not, largely because of trash like the Nashville Statement and the people who wrote it, walking away from Christianity enabled me to find a better path where I’m a human being and no one attempts to police my sex life) I plead with you, stand up, refute the Nashville Statement, and rebuke the people who wrote it. They don’t care what I think because they already imagine me to be bound for hell. You, you Christians, it is your duty to speak out against this harmful and hateful edict.
Here is a USA Today article about the Nashville Statement. You can find the statement in its entirety at the bottom of the page. Where it belongs.