Which comes first: the idea, or the person?
How do I describe this without giving away personal information about people who haven't chosen to be part of this blog's comments? I'll do my best:
An elderly person in their 80's finds out someone they knew as a child has died, and in learning of the death, learns the deceased had a lesbian lover of many years standing. Rather than condemn homosexuality, as this person was raised to do, the elderly person decides that homosexuality is not a "choice," and why should people be condemned for whom they love? Why, in other words, shouldn't he grieve this death, and mourn with the family, rather than stand apart muttering darkly about the wages of sin?
Ideas come from people. Even the ideas of Christianity came from Jesus of Nazareth; or Moses; or Abraham; or Isaiah; or Jeremiah. I'm not trying to be exclusive here; you get the idea. People come first, ideas later.
The idea cannot yield at every whim of society, every fresh breeze that blows through culture. But neither can the idea be a stone wall, an immovable object waiting implacably for the irresistible force to encounter it.
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