When I was twelve years old a masked black man pointed his gun in my face and yelled at me to get down on the ground. I stood there, frozen. Was this really happening? I’d been working at my grandmother’s little general store for a few months, just putting up stock and mopping the floors and burning the trash (cause you can do that in the country). Things like THIS didn’t happen out here in Belcher, Louisiana.
“People don’t need to hear your stories. They need to hear about Jesus”, I thought to myself as an older Baptist man bragged to me about how at his church they’ve got their kiddos whipped into such good witnessing-shape that they can all share their testimonies in 60 splickity seconds. He told me they stuff the kids into church vans, take them into town and then release them into the stores and shops and have them ask strangers, “Do you have a minute (a literal minute) for me to share my testimony with you?” Continue reading
Over the last few days I’ve written a couple of articles, Parents of Gay Kids, Stop Beating Yourself Up, It’s Not Your Fault and Why I Hate The Word Gay, But Still Use It.
I’m not surprised that there are a lot of people out there that have incredibly different views than the ones I express in these blogs…. because I used to have incredibly different views than ones I express in these blogs. Five years ago I scoffed at the (then to me) laughably ludicrous idea of homosexual behavior being sinful. But now my views have changed. My perceptions of sexuality, ultimate authority (it belongs to God, not me) and reality have changed. Continue reading
I know that most of my regular readers notice that I use the term “gay” a lot in the titles of my blogs and articles. I’m aware that this probably suggests to some that I’m still in some way holding onto my former homosexual identity or that I’m unwilling to embrace the “such were some of you” gospel mentality that Christians should walk in. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the G-word. Continue reading
I sent an email out to my blog followers (I do that sometimes, so subscribe to my blog to the right of this page so you can be added to the list!) a couple months ago, trying to get a better grasp on the biggest questions and doubts that parents with same sex attracted children have struggled with since their kids “came out” to them. Within an hour my inbox flooded with heart-broken responses from a multitude of guilt-ridden parents. Continue reading
“Yeah, yeah – singleness is a gift. But marriage is a greater gift! Don’t you want someone that’s going to be there for you all the time? How much longer do you think you can continue spending time alone? Don’t you want kids? They are the heritage of the Lord, after all! It isn’t good for man to be alone, two are better than one! The Bible says so!”
Sound familiar, single friends?
Even if it doesn’t, and even if you don’t find yourself feeling pressured by those around you to escape your oh-so-wretched solitary situation, there are pressures that rise up from within yourself.
Pride is sin, no matter what kind of form it takes. Gay pride included. What I don’t want to do in the things I’m about to write is give anyone the impression that I am in some way trying to soften the idea of the sinfulness of homosexuality or the blatant parading of it. Embracing a homosexual identity is sin — it’s in direct opposition to God’s will for us. And then to take it a step further and boldly proclaim and exclaim pride in that identity…well, that’s dangerous. Very dangerous. God is more patient than we often give Him credit for, but eventually that patience will come to an end and divine justice will come roaring in. There will be no more human pride — of any kind — parading about on that Day. Isaiah 13:11.
But what I want to do is take this from a little bit of a different angle than most people (in the blogosphere, anyway) are. I want to not only challenge the pride of gay people with the truth of the gospel, but also try to give (straight) people a little glimpse of what contributes to the making of a prideful gay. If you’re not gay, you won’t be able to empathize. But I would ask you to ask The Lord to help you sympathize.
There’ s a lot of pros to social media. Facebook is great. I love that I can keep up with what is going on with my immediate family on a daily basis even though I live 6 hours away from them. Twitter is awesome. I basically use it as my news-source. There’s always a massive pool of articles and blogs to choose from. Instagram is…. well, instagram is pretty dumb. I deleted it last month.
But let’s think about the cons of social media.
I dare you to try to find a legitimate Jesus-loving Christian under the age of 30 that doesn’t think they are the next best thing since the Apostle Paul. They’re going to change the world, don’t you know? They’re going to be a leading force for change in this generation, haven’t you heard? God has placed a call on their life and they know in their heart that He is going to do massive things through them! Cities are going to be turned upside down and evil industries are going to be turned inside out. Ministries are going to be birthed out of their God-given visions and their names will go down in the Christian-Hall-Of-Fame right beside Spurgeon, Lewis and Tozer. Because of what God’s going to do through them, the Church will never be the same!
….I hope you pick up on my sarcasm.
I’ve seen a couple things floating around this week in the media. Laverne Cox, the famous transgender person that stars in the hit series Orange Is The New Black, made the cover of Time Magazine. A big first for the transgender community. Also, you may have seen The Whittington Family: Ryland’s Story, a 7 minute YouTube video about a little girl named Ryland who, with the support of her parents, is living her life as a boy. Continue reading