This is an interesting article with a good thread of comments that might be helpful in providing some Christian perspective towards dealing with matters of homosexuality. Below is an extract.
“Rising generations need to articulate a stance that protects the nature of marriage in a way that is both logical and loving,” says Jonathan Merritt, a faith and culture writer who serves as national spokesperson for the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative.
“We must move away from the us-versus-them, culture war mentality that treats our gay and lesbian neighbors only as our political enemies, and begin embracing them as people of mutual goodwill who happen to see things very differently than we do.”
Eric Bryant, author of the book Peppermint-Filled Piñatas, echoes Merritt’s call to love our gay neighbors. “Christians are known for who we hate rather than how we love,” he writes in his blog.
“This moves us out of the conversation and polarizes those involved so quickly, no progress can be made,” Bryant says that it’s crucial for Christians to love people we disagree with, and to discuss the gay marriage issue with civility.
“We cannot influence others we have pushed away,” he writes. “This includes those who are struggling to figure out what to do with their sexual desires while growing up.”
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I agree with the article’s point that sometimes it’s not what we preach, but how we preach it. I think people, especially the gay community are wary of religious folks who try to push their views through the political podium. Perhaps there is another way than writing angry letters to the ST or posting uneducated comments on REACH?
Actually, if one thinks about it, there is nothing wrong with Christians using such methods to promote their cause. But contextually, in today’s social environment, such actions might be perceived as homophobic and insensitive.
Currently, there is a wide division between the gay and Christian community. Perhaps it’s time we stop preaching for a while and heal that rift? Perhaps its time we sought to understand their problems and struggles instead of preaching what the Bible says is right and wrong?
Its been some time since I last heard from you here… please feel free to add your views on this issue here ya…
I’m certain we can most definitely learn from your personal experience being where you were from.
I think your openness and honesty displayed in this entry- http://firebrands4christ.blogspot.com/2008/09/struggle.html was really encouraging 🙂
I think we need to move out from thinking of homosexuality as a “private” issue to considering it as a social issue too. It affects families, society and the laws more and more. People are becoming afraid of saying ANYTHING against homosexuality when the bible clearly states “a man shall not lay with a man the way a man lays with a woman.” WHY is it that we can speak up against every other God-damned thing but are so afraid of speaking up against this????
We have to recognise, the more we give space to saying such things are normal, the more we allow the devil to swing the balance towards influencing the atmosphere of the world, the seven mountains.
This year’s Miss USA Miss Prejean was STRIPPED OF HER TITLE. For what??
When ASKED by the judges on stage during interview whether she would support laws for same-sex marriage, Prejean, a Christian, answered: “Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be—between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”
What’s wrong with her answer? But for that she was STRIPPED OF HER TITLE by crowds of GLBT and their supporters (some of them no doubt christians like yourself). Now she’s crying alone at home for saying what she believed in.
Other cases include a Christian photographer being fined for not photographing a gay wedding, a psychologist fired for not counseling a lesbian about her relationship, and Christian fertility doctors facing the Supreme Court after refusing to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient.
Opposition to same-sex marriage is being turned into a monster.
People who are right-minded are being made to look like monsters who are bigoted.
Like the AWARE issue. Those New Guard women in Singapore were ASKED if they support homosexuality and they did not want to answer. When the Old Guard supporter kept asking them, finally one of them said “No.” AND that was enough to let everyone (including other christians) blast them. Is this right? Think about it, you who call yourself a christian.