If you are unaware, I run the website GayCatholic.info where people can share their stories regarding being gay and Catholic. A person is free to share a number of things, from any struggles they may (or have) faced in their lives to joys of living their lives to the fullest. Lately though many post and comments have include the phrase “God is love” when referring to relationships between gay couples. This got me thinking, is God really love in this situation?
Honestly, I am torn between answering yes or no to that question. On one hand I people often use the word love to describe things that really are not lovable. For example, I have heard people say, “I love this sandwich” or “I love this car”. These things to me are not something someone could truly love. They may be something someone truly enjoys eating or driving, but not something that is capable of receiving affection. One the other hand, I do believe that many people in homosexual relationships do have a strong feeling of affection for each other. I can understand the desire to care for someone deeply and to share one’s life with.
In 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, Paul writes:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,
5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
Reading over what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, I look at “God is Love” and wonder if the acceptance of gay relationships is part due to “Love never fails”. If God is love and love never fails, then one could argue that gay marriage (and people whom are gay dating) is becoming more acceptable because God doesn’t fail. Or are those that are saying “God is Love” when it comes to gay marriage (or people whom are gay dating) really seeking something for their own interests and misinterpreting what love truly is? Does the real answer lay something in the middle?