If you read just one article today, let it be this one. This is NOT one of Christianity’s finer moments. It is NOT!
Seriously… an exorcism against the “demon of homosexuality”?? Where the heck in the Bible do you find that!?
This has gone way to far!
Vicky Beeching wrote this last night, when she posted the link to her story, on social media:
It’s taken all my courage, and all these years, for me to finally do this interview: http://t.co/BKEkAuCEWS
— Vicky Beeching (@vickybeeching) August 13, 2014
Steve Brown dedicated his book “three free sins” to his friend “J”, who is also in the same kind of struggle / fight. And then he used a few pages in the book to tell “J”s story. I don’t have the space here to give you the whole story, but I will give you two quotes:
“He continues to struggle with same-sex attraction and now HIV, but the real struggle isn’t with his sin (we all live in that house) but with other Christians”
And then at the end of the story, Steve comments on it with these words:
“If my friend’s sin irritates you more than those who robbed him of God’s grace, then I’m irritated at you too! Don’t let them do that to you!”
I’m agreeing with Steve Brown here.
I don’t think this is about gay people being in sin – sin isn’t the issue here (Jesus took care of that on the cross, and he loves us, just the way we are).
Instead there is a wider, and more important story here, about Christian communities who have forgotten (or not really understood) what the Christian faith is actually about – the radical freedom Jesus purchased for us on the cross – and therefore, instead, has ended up (at least to some degree) being blinded by the fear of doing something wrong (sinning).
The consequence of this is, that we hurt people (especially those who doesn’t fit our view of what constitutes a “good” christian) badly, instead of helping them understand that no matter who or what they are, they are loved and free in Christ.
12 days ago, I tweeted this quote from Rod Rosenbladt’s “The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church”. In this context, of gay people being broken by the church, you just might wanna read/listen to/watch the whole thing. It’s really good.
— Bjarke Raabjerg (@BjaRaa) August 2, 2014