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Pedophilia: The Coming Lifestyle Choice?

P is for pedophilia, and some are saying it’s time to add a new letter to LGBT, time to affirm pedophilia as a legitimate lifestyle, time to speak of LGBTP.

German medical student Mirjam Heine recently gave a TED talk in which she asserted that “pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation, just like… heterosexuality.” Pedophilia is a sexual orientation that comes in your gene package.

Yet others in the LGBTP community argue that one’s sexuality is a choice. You choose your gender identity and you can choose to mutilate your body to conform it to your identity. And you can change your identity from day to day depending on your feelings.

So which is it? Is it a lifestyle choice or is it in your genetic makeup. It can’t be both.

Menninger's book could shed light on pedophilia

This confusion comes from the postmodern rejection of reason, reality (science) and revelation. These have been rejected out of hand, considered the European white man’s power play to enslave the rest of the world. But with the abandontment of the three R’s, anything goes.

I am reminded of the book by the esteemed psychiatrist and co-founder of the famous Menninger Foundation and Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Karl Menninger: Whatever Became of Sin? Writing not as a theologian or a pastor, but as a distinguished member of the medical community, Menninger raised a profound theological question that had powerful implications for mental health.

Moral categories have been lost

The word “sin” has been lost in the modern and postmodern vocabulary. Even in the church, people shy away from the word. And yet many stillMenninger shed light on pedophilia struggle with a sense of guilt and shame. The scars are often deep in our hearts and souls. Maybe the loss of the word sin is a loss of insight as to what might be wrong with the human condition. To overcome the guilt and shame we often turn to drugs, alcohol, sex and amusements.

In the epilogue Menninger explains why he wrote the book. A reviewer writes,

The author tell us how he came to write this book and how he has come from many years of experience to consider moral values an essential aspect of psychiatry. If, as he believes, mental health and moral health are identical, the recognition of the reality of sin offers to the suffering struggling, anxious world a real hope not of belated treatment but of prevention.

Naturalistic philosophy and evolutionary ideology reduce the world to material things. The soul and spirit, sin and moral ecology, all these were subjects of a premodern time and irrelevant to the modern and postmodern worlds. Today’s discussions of LGBT(P) concerns have no moral or spiritual categories.

But Menninger understood that man is more than a glorified animal. There is a transcendent element in the human. We live in a universe of moral and spiritual transcendence. Our struggles often have a moral or spiritual root.

Think of the difference in today’s discussion and social condition if we were free to consider pedophilia a moral issue! Could label it sin! Imagine if we could consider homosexual lifestyles immoral! How might that give a larger space for dealing with some of these issues?

Moral confusion remains

But alas, such questions cannot be raised in a modern or postmodern world. According to some, one is born that way. Others insist the lifestyle is a gender choice. Neither has access to the dimension of morality to bring light to the questions.

So the ambivalence and confusion continue. More and more young children are raised in a world of sexual confusion. More and more lives become unstable and often collapse altogether.

pedophilia contradicts healthy human sexuality

In all this darkness, will Menninger’s question point to a way of hope?

Isn’t there a place to return to sanity? Can’t we speak truth in the public square? Can’t we call people to return to the sanity of a real world with real laws and boundaries, a world in which male or female live in community as complementary sexual beings?

Is it really so crazy to think that we live in a real moral universe where people are volitional human beings who are responsible for the choices they make?

The gospel can restore the dignity of the human being and lift humans from the gutter of pagan sexuality to the glory of human intimacy. Let’s restore some sanity before pedophilia becomes a legitimate lifestyle choice.

  • Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).