Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Being Gay Is A Gift From God?





Wow so I had to spin this blog off the gayte-keepers blog "Ready to male part II." Being that I am an Episcopalian and have been since 2005 I was not surprised to see that it was an Episcopal priest that made that comment on Oprah. It really has me thinking now about the subject. When I came into acceptance of my lifestyle ironically enough it was the Episcopal church that helped me affirm it. I struggled in my early days of college even trying to "turn straight" at one point. I think a lot of us go through that phase. Nonetheless The late Rev. Gloria Bowden God rest her soul was one who helped me out. I started to read books on this and study the concept of homosexuality and the church. I can almost write a dissertation on the topic but in all I have come to not only come to terms but also think its not a sin. I know a lot of people may disagree with it but thats how I feel.
I've been to many churches that spew hate from the pulpit and I think is this what Jesus meant by love your brother? People historically have used the Bible for their own personal gain. It was used to justify slavery, the denial of womens rights among so many things. Why don't we for once use the good book for its true purpose. Not to degrade and put down people but to lift people up.

9 comments:

JB said...

I also saw that clip of the pastor on Oprah's show, and his comment made me really think about that for a moment. Being that the Episcopalian churches are predominately of Caucasian influences, it makes more since that they are open to the homosexual lifestyle. But it is rare to find the predominately black influenced, Baptist, A.M.E., COGIC, Penecostal, that will openly accept homosexuals and not try to rid the church of them. While you were staying in Atl, did you ever visit a church called Tabernacle Baptist Church? I hear that they are one of the very few churches, that stand by the phrase "Come as you are".

thegayte-keeper said...

I am glad that you wrote this entry on your blog...thankxxx for sharing your TRUTH

Q said...

Insightful...

WhozHe said...

Yeah, I agree with you, the greatest commandement of them all Jesus said was to love. If the church doesn't show love then who will.

Raycol said...

I agree with you that the Bible should be used to build people up. An example of this is the Optimistic page of www.GaysAndSlaves.com.

deonte' k said...

I've never seen this video b4... thanks 4 sharing.

Mr. Jones said...

I'm not into organized religion partially because of the atrocious way gays are treated/presented.

Losojosnuevos said...

It's easier to use the hand of judgment than the hand of compassion. People have been indoctrinated with the belief that homosexuality is sinful since sacred texts were written. Consequently, there are people who will view LGBT persons negatively even if scientists discovered a gene that was responsible for the manifestation of same-sex attraction.

It's very gratifying to hear ministers articulate affirming opinions of the homosexual orientation (not necessarily the lifestyle).

Wonder Man said...

this man has probably saved lives