Following my earlier post on an upcoming Christian seminar pushing the validity of ‘Reparative Therapy’ or ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ I received the following Tweet:
@echurchblog I’d suggest that the real problem is not psychological but spiritual.
— Ploughboy (@MPloughboy) January 21, 2013
This set off a lightbulb within me and a chain of thoughts.
If Christians regard homosexuality as a spiritual issue – and the practice as a sin – then why turn to ‘gay conversion’ psychological therapy.
Is it that some Christians believe homosexuality to be a mental disorder that can be treated? This explanation is the only reason I can think of to advocate psychological therapy.
If not a mental disorder, then continuing this line of reasoning, if psychological therapy is appropriate for this particular ‘spiritual problem’ then why not all spiritual issues?
Why is psychological therapy not advocated for all sinful temptations?
Could it not be equally argued that all sinful temptations are environmentally produced – as opposed to hard-wired – and in need of rectification through psychological therapy, as is posited for sexual orientation.
If sexual orientation is a mental disorder to be ‘cured’ through therapy, can we confidently even consider the practice of homosexuality as sin any longer?
Are sexual orientation temptations in some way qualitatively different to any other temptations of the flesh?
Of course, the irony is that those Christians pushing for Conversion Therapy are usually to be found most ardently in the anti-psychology camp.
These thoughts have only just occurred to me and so I’m thinking on the fly.
Feel free to chip in.