Okay, fair enough. But if the "ideal" result is not achieved the majority of the time, placing emphasis on the telos seems a bit...well, pointless.
The world is
flawed. Attempts failing is not something surprising, that's what we should expect happening.
A Christian — a really
serious one, I mean, not the half-assed toy version that I am — is meant to fight against
the world-as-it-is-now, and even against him-or-herself-as-they-are-now. And fail, most of the time, obviously.
I said before that Christianity does not endorse disregard for the material word; however, one thing that Christianity definitely endorses is self-denial. And a form of self-affirmation too, but through
self-denial. Total success is not possible through human forces alone, clearly; but we were commanded to imitate
Christ, not to sit on our asses until He comes back.
From this perspective, the idea that homosexuals have to struggle against their desires is not problematic. So does everybody else, although it must be admitted that their situation is especially unpleasant. They deserve respect and sympathy; however, the actions that they feel attracted to deserve disapproval (although there certainly are far worse and more common sins, and although — allow me to reiterate this — an innate attraction towards a sin is not a sin itself)
My problem with this point of view is not the conceptual framework, which I agree with (although I don't necessarily follow it very well); it is that, personally, I am not convinced that the telos of sex is mere reproduction and that homosexuality runs counter the world-as-it-should-be.
Interesting. I wonder how you deal with the problem of evil then, but perhaps that's going a bit offtopic. But if you PM me, I'd be curious.
edited 12th Apr '12 12:00:38 AM by Carciofus