trembling before God and the Stockholm syndrome

23 Feb

I am in the middle of watching an amazing and thought provoking movie “Trembling before God”. Rabbinic Judaism has no clear answers for homosexuals. I truly feel for these individuals who suffer from depression, isolation and heart wrenching guilt and, due to the ‘system’ unwittingly wreck the lives of their spouses and children. But what is the most pitiful is that these individuals who cling on to ‘their precious’ Judaism without openly questioning it. I aliken it to Stockholm syndrome. They live in a world where they will never be truly accepted for who they are in their essence and yet they cry that they are rejected and chastised. A world that can never accept them? Where is the love of God in this world? But they are so connected to this world and its customs and distorted ideas; a world where lying is perfectly acceptable, if not the norm. And of all the people who are homosexual and won’t admit it to others or even to themselves, I laud the honesty these men and women have to be honest about their sexual orientation. But their work is far from over. They continue to sit in the prison of religion and try and identify with their captors, in mortal fear that God will abandon them beyond the world of their rabbis and their customs. God had never abandoned us and he will never abandon us.

‘Carry back the ark of God into the city; if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, He will bring me back, and show me both it, and His habitation; 26 but if He say thus: I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let Him do to me as seemeth good unto Him.’

We give our wholeselves to God and if we give ourselves wholeheartedly, he will accept us.


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