Findings of Researchers

At 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday the Old Fool meets  with the Samhedrin, an informal group of retired professionals, many with pastoral experience and all with a genuine love for the Mennonite Church. Most of our time is used for conversation.

A member of the Samhedrin had a career as a research psychologist. We turned to him for information about homosexuality. He told us of his research as a member of a team of research scientists. The team was divided into subgroups.

childOne subgroup researched children. They discovered that children who would grow up to ave same sex attractions uncertain feelings toward themselves. They were puzzled.

 

 

 

adolescent

What shall I do? I’m lesbian

Another subgroup of researchers discovered that adolescent youth know for certain that they are gay or lesbian.  They do not always know what to  do with this knowledge. Some are bullied by their peers. Some experience so such stress that they commit suicide.

 

;young adults

Which one experiences attraction to the same sex?

 

The third subgroup discovered that young adults struggle desperately  to escape their same sex orientation.  They pray to be made straight, date members of the opposite sex and sometimes marry and have children, all in a vain attempt to be accepted as normal by themselves and society.

Coming-OutA fourth subgroup studied adults. As young adults, many of them at first tried to disguise their identity by making heterosexual relationships, some by marriage. These unhappy adults discovered that living as a heterosexual was not for them. They knew that if they came out as gay, their loved ones would be pained. Reluctantly, they accepted themselves as they are.

The researchers advised their colleagues to consider same sex attraction to be normal, not an aberration.  Later researchers learned that gender is determined at conception or in the womb.

left handedAfter members of the Samhedrin dispersed, I came upon six or seven members discussing their experience as children who had been born left handed.  These men had not chosen to be left handed, yet their first teachers demanded that they write with their right hands, something they could not do deftly.

The discoveries of the researchers support the stories I heard as an informal listener. Listening without judgement changed my life.

It is apparent that the children of Chester and Sara Jane Wenger are indeed blessed. They love all their children, not because they are straight or gay, but because they ARE their children.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Findings of Researchers

  1. Sam Troyer says:

    You have stated the obvious very succinctly. I’ve told our Sunday School class one time that most of us have been very blessed without even knowing it by being given the gift of being attracted to the opposite sex, we had nothing to do with it; now we’re learning from those trained in the social sciences how a small percent of children and adolescents begin to realize to their horror they are different; and sadly many do decide to end their lives rather than trying to live in our homophobic society. I don’t want to sound simplistic, but just o say it’s much more complex then we realize; let’s deal with it in a Christ loving responsible manner. He died for us all and he calls all of us to live in a Christ honoring way.

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