If you have been on Facebook and Twitter the past few days, you probably have seen numerous posts about the Duck Dynasty fiasco. Frankly, it just annoyed me, and I rolled my eyes at some of the comments coming through my feed. I liked a few , but I REFUSED to waste my time giving my opinion.
And I really don’t want to do it, but I’m angry. If you knew me personally, you would know that it takes a lot to make me mad…like a lot! I don’t mind people disagreeing with me, and I think people have the right to believe what they want. I strive to see situations from others’ viewpoints.
First off, I’m a devoted Christian who happens to be gay. Contrary to what you may think, I never chose my sexual orientation. In fact, I feel that I had more of a choice deciding to place my faith in Jesus Christ as opposed to whom I’m emotionally, mentally, romantically, and yes, physically attracted. And for full disclosure, I found what Mr. Robertson said to be offensive, not that homosexuality is sin but that it was compared to bestiality. And I really hated the part that he described it in terms of just genitalia. Umm…why is it that straight people always go immediately to thoughts of sex when discussing homosexuality? Seriously, do heterosexuals think about sex all the time?
Anyways, I just say that to let you know that I really don’t care if my Christian brothers and sisters disagree with me over my interpretation of Scripture on this topic. I get it. I didn’t automatically dislike the friends who posted stuff supporting Phil or that homosexuality is sin. I still like ya’ll and will not defriend you. I even didn’t think about blocking a Christian family member who called the LGBTQ community ‘sodomites.” I did wince a little because that one did hurt.
But there was one comment that has sparked this post. I tried to ignore it, thinking that a little rest and perspective would help me see the status update for what it is. But it’s been three days and two nights; I’m still angry.
Here it is: “Homosexuality is not a sin that can’t be forgiven but is a reflection of a heart that doesn’t know Jesus Christ.”
Now, you may think that this post is harmless and you may even agree with it. I get that. I’m not even mad at the first part. I take great offense to the part about a ‘reflection of a heart that doesn’t know Jesus.’ Think what you want about the sinfulness of homosexuality, but don’t presume to know someone’s heart concerning Christ, especially if you haven’t personally journeyed with a LGBTQ Christian.
I’m going to give you a little glimpse into this Christian’s life: I grew up in Church and made a profession of faith at age 8. I absolutely love Jesus Christ and long to please the Triune God. I prayed from age 8 to 28 that God would deliver me from homosexuality. I have had hands laid on me for prayer. I have attended an ex-gay group and several ex-gay conferences. I have spent many-a-nights at the altar begging to become closer to God. I don’t think the Christian life is all rainbows and unicorns. I believe that we are called to take up our cross and follow God. I believe that we are to pursue holiness. I even seek to place my sexuality under the lordship of Christ. I don’t think it’s really any of your business, but I will tell you since most people believe homosexuals are sex-crazed. Since I am not married, I don’t have sex…period! I deflect my eyes from my television or in public if I see a woman that sparks lustful thoughts (btw… how many straight Christians can say the same thing?). I’m not perfect, but I sure try to live a holy life. I read the Bible pretty much every day. I have spent countless hours studying it, even the original Greek and Hebrew. I know what the Scripture says, and I know church history.
The point of this…don’t presume to know the heart of LGBTQ people. There are those of us who passionately love Christ.