One night I was reading the stories of people who had left the church because they thought God hated them simply because they were attracted to the same sex. I was so overcome with emotion that I put the book down, got alone in another room, fell to my knees and wept. The pain of these men and women for whom Jesus died was palpable and heartbreaking.
I've worked up a good lather in the so-called "culture war" around homosexuality and same-sex marriage for about two decades now. And I'm just as committed to the Christian view on sexuality as I am to engaging the issue in spirited and civil debate. However, to debate the issue seriously and truthfully, we must seek an honest picture of what our opponents actually believe — working from what we think they believe is neither helpful nor respectful.
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The words "gay" and "Christian" are not often used in the same sentence. Hateful speech disguised under the language of salvation has reined church services that are entirely dedicated to condemn homosexuality. Does it not defy the essence of God, who is an all-mighty being of unconditional love and acceptance? Perhaps those references in the Bible has been misinterpreted and taken out of context.
One of the most volatile and important issues facing the Church today is the question of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. The Church cannot duck this question. Events like the brutal murder of Matthew Shepherd, the homosexual student in Wyoming, or the recent spate of scandals involving pedophile priests, which has rocked the Catholic Church, serve to thrust this question to the front and center of American culture.
Within Christianitythere are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views and not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. This article focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, covering how the extent to which the Bible mentions the subject, whether or not it is condemned, and whether the various passages apply today, have become contentious topics.
I was at a comedy show in Soho recently, when my slightly too loud cackle attracted attention from the comedian. One thing led to another, and I ended up being teased affably about my love life as the audience laughed on. Mae Martin is a queer performer, after all.
Openly gay men appointed to high office in the church - is this something Christians should be shocked by, or a cultural openness we should all embrace? There was a time when the very idea would have been treated with alarm and denial, but today the numbers of people who claim to love Christ while living in homosexuality are growing. What is the truth?
The name of the site is "Christian Gays" simply because of my lack of knowledge back then of all the other non-binary people that God has created to enhance our existence. If you read "gay" please know that it is inclusive of all non-binary people. Please feel welcome here whatever your gender or sexual identity.