How I Tempered My Attitude on Homosexuality

Ya know, it wasn’t the Gay Pride Parades, the Rainbows, or the talk shows that changed my mind on homosexuality. It wasn’t the books, the Christian Pastors, nor the Media….that made me take a second look and then change my stance on Homosexuality. For all that there was going on in society at the time, from the AIDS epidemic of the 80’s to the Civil Union struggles of this decade, I maintained the Christian Authority that Homosexuality was WRONG…and I took the moral high road that, “I’ll be your friend, but I won’t support your life”. I couldn’t have been more arrogant if I had wore a crown. In the end, it was one person. One small, (not so quite) person who shared with me her story of humiliation, and any moral Superiority I had felt before went out the window. I realized that Jesus may not have encountered a gay man (Gosh I wish He had of), but the Bible is CLEAR in what we must do….. we must LOVE…..DUH. Except….we’re not going to talk about THAT….or are we? How I changed from my Saulian stance toward the Homosexual Community to the Liberal, Left-leaning jerk I am today is nothing extraordinary. The woman I call friend, shared with me the tale of the day she was brutally outted, then ousted from a Sunday Service. In hindsight, I marveled at how one person, brought down my Goliath Stronghold. Then I realized that that’s how we change the world. The way to change society is to change one person (sigh, maybe me). I may not clearly understand the Lord’s Will or Stance on Homosexuality as but I know what it ISN’T. Shoving the graphic pictures, name calling, political ads, the AM radio DJ’s vying for listenership, the pomp and circumstance of Pastors….NONE of that is going to change a mind. You can show all the graphic ads of animal abuse you want but if all your friends are anti-animal abuse…you will reach, and change…no one. Change comes from the heart after it's been through some brutal introspection, then it can go through the ears. Do I believe the Bible lists Homosexuality as a sin? Oh you betcha, but it calls out Adultry, Gossip and foul-mouthed drinkers as well, yet we seem to be more willing to excuse those sins. I'm not affirming the lifestyle, I'm affirming THEM. I have no idea what His Will is for me as He calls me to Minister to others, but I do know that no one, gay or straight, deserves to be humilated in church. Each one, teach one…that’s how you bring change….and THAT is how I end this status. Be Blessed.