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Being Gay and Staying Christian

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Introduction Homosexual! Deviant! Abomination! Sodomite! Pervert! Vocabulary such as this is used every Sunday in churches across the United States of America. While the majority of believers within a conservative congregation might proudly shout “AMEN!” each time one of these terms is spouted off from behind the pulpit, others cringe as they sink further and further down into their seats. These believers sit quietly and pray that their discomfort isn’t noticeable to others; desperately hoping that the person behind the mask they wear remains undiscovered. For these believers the mask they wear is essential for them to remain a part of a faith community. This scenario is played out in the everyday lives of gay individuals that feel as though they are forced to choose between who they are and what they believe. While some wear a mask and deny their sexuality, others walk away from their faith completely. Each individual that attempts to reconcile their faith with their sexuality has a unique journey, but unfortunately not all have a happy ending. It becomes a battle of spirituality or sexuality, but are these really the only choices for Christians that just so happen to be attracted to members of the same sex? Can one be both gay and Christian? This is quite possibly one of the most pressing questions within our society. It triggers on going debates that reach far into the depths of our country’s political system with our stance on social issues such as gay marriage and gay adoption being constantly challenged. Is gay marriage an equal rights issue that should be separated from any religious affiliation or is it a religious right issue that favors one denominational doctrine over another? This debate has created a great divide b... ... middle of paper ... ..., J. S. (1991). Rescuing the Bible from fundamentalism. [San Francisco, Calif.]: HarperSanFrancisco, pp.13-36. Spong, J. (2005). The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, pp.113-144. Yip, A. K. (1997). Attacking the attacker: Gay Christians talk back. British Journal Of Sociology, pp. 113--127. Jefferson, T. (1802). Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists (June 1998) - Library of Congress Information Bulletin. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html [Accessed: 13 Apr 2014]. Wolkomir, M. (2006). "Be Not Deceived: The Sacred and Sexual Struggles of Gay and Ex-Gay Men". New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, pp.18-38. Lyons, K. (1993). Gay Christians. The Furrow, 44(6), pp.347-351. JSTOR. Retrieved from: http://proxy.sbc.edu:2095/stable/27662446

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how homosexuals are forced to choose between who they are and what they believe. some wear a mask and deny their sexuality, others walk away from their faith completely.
  • Argues that gay marriage is an equal rights issue that should be separated from any religious affiliation or is it a religious right issue favoring one denominational doctrine over another
  • Explains that christianity was established in israel around 30 a.d. through the life and teachings of jesus christ, the self-proclaimed son of god.
  • Explains that several denominations view homosexuality as an innate quality that cannot and should not be changed. the metropolitan community church views scripture as the divinely inspired word of god that offers salvation and liberation.
  • Opines that gay christians are forced to choose between their sexuality and spirituality, despite the growing number of churches welcoming the lgbt community.
  • Describes the "ex-gay" or "reparative" therapy, which attempts to alter a person's sexuality through gender exercises and therapy sessions that ultimately help the homosexual individual discover their "innate" heterosexuality.
  • Explains that exodus international held the largest network of christian ex-gay therapy ministries for nearly 37 years. the organization's president, alan chambers, issued a public apology to the lgbtq community.
  • Opines that the ex-gay movement has lost its momentum with the departure of exodus international and the association of christian counselors.
  • Argues that if homosexuality is an innate quality that cannot be changed through prayer or therapy, shouldn't the church be more welcoming to the gay and lesbian community?
  • Cites robinson, c. m., and spivey, s. e. (2007). the politics of masculinity and the ex-gay movement.
  • Cites the american psychological association's appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation.
  • Cites ed payne's article, "group apologizes to gay community, shuts down 'cure' ministry."
  • Explains that christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at 'converting' gay patients.
  • Describes spong's book, living in sin? a bishop rethinks human sexuality.
  • Explains that spong exposes the bible's texts of hate to reveal the god of love.
  • Analyzes yip, a. k., "attacing the attacker: gay christians talk back." british journal of sociology, pp.
  • Explains that jefferson's letter to the danbury baptists was published in the library of congress information bulletin.
  • Explains wolkomir, m., "be not deceived: the sacred and sexual struggles of gay and ex-gay men".
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