Being a Gay Christian

Here are my struggles to reconcile my religion & sexual orientation. I used to think that being a Christian and being gay were mutually exclusive. God revealed to me that I am his child, created Just As I Am. God’s awesome gift comes with challenges, yet opportunities to share the good news to many who have rejected religion. Or who have suppressed their sexuality to keep their religion. I welcome this ministry and the unbelievable strength he gives me to do it.


I'm gay and while that does tell you which gender I want to fall in love with, it tells you nothing about my lifestyle. As you read you'll learn about that.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

God's Infallible Word on a T-shirt

Another great essay I "borrowed" from a friend's blog regard a student (Jake) sanctioned for wearing a "Homosexuality is Wrong" t-shirt at a university...

Things to add to your T-shirt
Rev. Timothy Dewald, Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Coordinator of Academic Advising and Community Programs

Dear Jake,

Your T-shirt saying "Homosexuality is Wrong" is incomplete. As a "Bible believing Christian, someone who believes in the authority of the Bible as God's infallible Word to man, the one source of absolute truth," you need to add the following Bible beliefs to you T-shirt:

"Taking a Course from a Female Professor is Wrong." In your letter, you quoted 1 Timothy 1. Read on. 1 Timothy 2:12 says, "I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she it to keep silent." No female profs, it's as simple as that. As a Christian R.A., you might also want to remind those in your charge to avoid taking medical advice from female nurses, listening to any female staff officers, deans, associate deans, general officers, or vice-presidents, even if they are saved through bearing children (1 Timothy 2:14). I would also refrain from cashing any paychecks signed by a woman. Oh, and I hope you didn't vote for that George W. Bush. He had the nerve to make Condolezza Rice Secretary of State.

"Lesbian Gay is A-Ok with the Bible!" What a catchy phrase to wear on a T-shirt o r utter at the next Bible study! In 1 Timothy and throughout the Bible, only men are prohibited from having sex with other men. Women having sex with other women seem to be ok.

"Multiple Wives and Concubines are Godly Options." With the exception of bishops, men can have lots of wives as well as concubines. Your T-shirt should broadcast this important information. Share this good news with your girlfriend. She'll be even more secure in the knowledge that this is God's will and that, in your relationship, you intend to at least be open to the fact that King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). I'm certain you will receive some of the open dialog you have been requesting.

"Thou Shalt Not Eat Cheeseburgers or Peperoni Pizzas in the Residence Halls or Anywhere Else." This is stated three times in Exodus 23:19, 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21. Be sure to meet with the ice hockey team so you can tell them as a group that they are in violation of God's word. I would also inform the football team. Maybe you can meet with all of them at once. That would save time.

"Avoid the Math Department." You will have little trouble getting people to listen to you on this one. However just in case someone needs a biblical justification, let him or her know that the math department is teaching contrary to scripture. Those math heathen persist in claiming that the value of pi is approximately 3.14159 while 1 Kings 7:23 and II Chronicles 4:2 state clearly it is exactly 3.

"Avoid the Physics Department." They too teach contrary to the infallible scriptures, notably Genesis 1:16-17 which clearly states that there is no space, but rather a firmament holding out the waters of chaos and the sun and moon and stars are hung onto the dome of the firmament. A Bible believing Christian doesn't need Newton's laws, let alone relativity. And pay no attention to those phony planetary probes to Mars and Saturn, the Hubble telescope, and the NASA space shuttle. They are contrary to the teachings of scripture.

"Avoid the Biology Department." Not only do they refuse to teach creation science, they insist on teaching this odd theory that plants need sunlight to live. This of course is contrary to scripture in Genesis 1:11-14 which states that plants were created before sunlight.

"God Didn't Make Adam and Steve, He Made Adam and Animals." Next time your minister say, "God didn't make Adam and Steve, he made Adam and Eve," of course laugh along at this enormously clever repartee, even if it is at the expense of others. When the laughter dies down, be certain to stand up and publicly chastise him by citing Genesis 2:18-19. With a smile on your face, remind everyone of the literal truth -- that the first helper and parter God fashioned for Adam was neither Steve nor Eve, but animals and birds. Read this passage to your mother on Mother's Day. You will be certain to receive some open dialog for the reminder that this is the divine order of things. Finally, if someone asks whether this passage implies that God is fallible and doesn't always get things right on the first try, deftly but quickly change the subject, then denounce the person for blasphemy or heresy or something.

"Divorce is Adultery." When people are hurting from the pain of divorce, remind them that if they find happiness and marry again, they are adulterers (Mark 10:11). Remind them of the penalty for adultery is death by stoning. Hold a Christian seminar questioning why we don't get to stone people any more and oh, while I think of it, let us not forget to burn witches. Hey, it's tough, but somebody has to say these biblical truths.

"Get Some Real Biblical Heroes -- Like Lamech, the Nephilim, and Jephthah." Their stories are in Genesis 4:23, 6:1-4, and Judges 11:29-40. They're true role models, real he-men, especially Jephthah.One more suggestion. When quoting the Word of God, be sure to rely exclusively on the King James Version of the Bible because he was such an exemplary heterosexual.

If you make these additions, you'll have a T-shirt true to the literal word of God, not to mention, a swell T-shirt to wear around campus! I can guarantee that you will achieve your goal of an open exchange of ideas. Then, after you have had your open exchange of ideas, you may find that you need a new T-shirt, one that reads simply "Grace."

Free Speech or Hate Speech??

A great essay I "borrowed" from a friend's blog regard a student (Jake) sanctioned for wearing a "Homosexuality is Wrong" t-shirt at a university...

Don't try to justify prejudice
Dr. Scott Eggert, Professor of Music

I find it hard to believe that Jake is unable to understand why he has been discouraged by the Student Services staff from wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "Homosexuality is wrong" printed on it (La Vie, April 21, 2005). Come on, Jake, even though you aren't black, or gay, or a Jew, or physically disabled, (or gee, perhaps not a member of any recently ostracized group at all!), still, you are able to understand the concept, right?

You say you want a dialogue of "ideas," but "ideas" that support and encourage irrational prejudice, and consequently even violence, against innocent members of a society, must not be sanctioned by an institution that purports to educate.

But why do you quote Paul? You know that the "good law" he is reaffirming for Christians in your passage is clearly stated for all to read, right from the "infallible" mouth of God, in the Old Testament. (Even Jesus says, "Think not that I have come to abolish the law.") The prohibition of "sodomy" is right there, in Leviticus and Deuteronomy -- along with all the specific instructions on how to deal with your slaves. Perhaps you should consider wearing a T-shirt on campus saying, "Let's bring back black slavery." How else can you obey God's specific commandments in this regard? All of God's squeamishness about physically disabled and "blemished" people is there too; He obviously doesn't want them anywhere near His altars. Have you got a "No amputees in church" T-shirt? Do you approve of bigamy? God clearly does. His commandments on the status of wives are clear. Do you burn animals in sacrifice as God asks?

The fact is, Jake, that you daily ignore a large number of God's "infallible" commandments as set down in His laws. As well you should. There are many beautiful and useful lessons in the scriptures, but these are not among them. The culture, for the most part, has grown beyond the practices dealt with in these ancient books.But not quite beyond the prohibition of homosexuality, right?

It must be wonderfully convenient to be able to validate one's prejudices and distastes by finding a few choice phrases in a vast compendium of ancient values. And it is only that -- your personal discomfort with the idea of gay people -- that inspires you to wear such a T-shirt, not your faith in the "authority of the Bible," which you frequently, and probably knowingly, ignore.

That distaste, even "disgust" is not too strong a word, is the source of most kinds of prejudice, of course. And your T-shirt, Jake, feeds it, nourishes it. It's like throwing meat to hungry animals. "Homosexuality is wrong" is almost synonymous with: "Homosexuality is immoral," isn't it? And how far is that from "Homosexuality is evil?" If this is true, then, "Homosexuality must be stopped," is a small step, and "Homosexuality must be eliminated," makes perfect sense. And finally, we get to the T-shirt that says, "Kill a Queer for Christ."

I do know, Jake, that you intend no such thing by you T-shirt. But if you cannot see the logic, even the likelihood, of this connection, then nothing that history has to teach will ever teach you anything.