First off, I’d like to say that I don’t want to write a blog on yet another person coming out. It gets old responding to what has now become a cliche. “I’m gay” is the newest way to join the drumbeat of where the culture is going of wanting to be a part of the movement and possibly the news cycle. The media eats it up! We’re in the middle of the Winter Olympics. Russia has spent billions, yet one football player who might be picked to play for the NFL comes out and instantly it becomes the lead story of national news.
Admittedly I’m not a sports guy. In hearing of Michael Sams coming out and what a big deal this is, did we really know who he was before he came out?
Quickly let me say that before it seems that I’m judging or condemning Michael Sams for coming out or for being gay, I’m always reminded of what brought me out of the homosexual lifestyle. It wasn’t someone bashing gays or homosexuality; it wasn’t someone having a talk with me about me being gay or anything even close to it. What reached me was someone accepting me, praying for me, loving on me, and being Christ to me.
The truth is that our society is obsessed with homosexuality. Our government sends an all gay delegation to the winter Olympics. To watch television, you’d think that one-third to half of society was gay, or at the very least that 10% must be true. Well, not true. Its all about promoting an ideology. Its tough because being a former homosexual, if I’m honest, much of what goes on with homosexual intimacy can trigger me and many others like me. As a parent, I don’t want my kids to be exposed to homosexuality, but this is the reality that we can no longer keep our kids veiled to.
Recently watching Downton Abbey with my mom and son I’m faced with two men making out. I said quickly, “change the channel!” Unfortunately it wasn’t changed and my flesh was left watching. I thought, this is going to become the new normal on television and our society. This is what we are going to have to get used to. Recently Disney had a lesbian couple on their very popular children and family show called Good Luck Charley. We are being indoctrinated.
Our ministry is not about preaching against homosexuality or against homosexuals. We help those who want help that are affected by or have same-sex attractions to follow Christ as Lord.
Trying to get people to not do or not be something that they are is typically very unfruitful. Scripture says in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.” That’s our reality that’s the most important. We are not the Holy Spirit. Love conquers, not hate.
The reality that we don’t get is that homosexuals are onto a suedo truth of scripture, a verse that I’m known for, found in James 5:16. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” There is something about begin known. We want to be known. I get it. I also get that it won’t satisfy. Coming out feels good and liberating to the homosexual initially, but in the end its empty. It gets political and self-righteous. God wants us to come out to our support system in repentance and prayer, not in liberation into our sin but away from it. But the world has bought into this system of coming out. We can get mad about the world, but they are only being what they know.
We can put our heads in the sand, we can cut our cable, we can retreat to the mountains and live in a log cabin to escape it, but the world needs us. Jesus is best represented by people who have been found. Found people find people. Are we out finding people and drawing them to Jesus or are we someone who is angry about what’s going on in the world and have to always give our two cents about it? I want to be someone who draws people to Jesus. I want to be like the man and woman who led me to the Lord. I wasn’t quite sure initially what it was they had, but I knew they had something I didn’t have and I wanted it. When the gospel was presented, I ran for it.
Jesus changes people. It only takes one touch. Let’s touch people rather than judge them. Those of us who are born again have had that encounter with Jesus. Let’s understand that the world is lost and needs us and Jesus, the compassionate Jesus. Let’s reach out with the hand and heart of the one that set us free. Let’s not live in and shout out from a closet of hate and judgement, not helping anyone.