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Being Gay and Christian

Web_OKBearMIPrideSmall.jpg (3177 bytes) By Tim Beck

You may be wondering if you can be gay and Christian too. The answer is yes you can. Today's mainstream Christian religions have taken a stance against Christians being gay. The truth is far from that. No religion can point to anything in the bible prohibiting Christians from being gay. The material they choose to use comes from the Old Testament of the Bible and really doesn't directly talk about being gay and Christian. They string unrelated verses together in an attempt to make their positions seem like they are God's position but the truth is that their beliefs are just that, their beliefs and not Gods.

The Bible was inspired by God but is still a work of man. It is a work translated from languages not used for thousands of years from scroll lost for thousands of years. Even some of the scrolls found were not used and destroyed because they did not fit the image of God during the time the Bible was being written by scholars commissioned by King James, himself a gay man. Man is fallible and so are somethings about the way the Bible has been interpreted. That is why you see so many different versions of the Bible out there today.

 In addition, these very same religions also discount almost all the religious teachings in the Old Testament except for those items that they believe in. The truth is that people were going to heaven before the Bible ever existed and will continue to do so even if the Bible were to disappear tomorrow. The best way I can illustrate this point is with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:23-37

23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, 34 and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

 Think about this passage for a moment. The Samaritan never heard of the Bible(it did not exist), never professed his love of God, never sat in a church every Sunday and followed the pastors words like they were God's word, or condemned anyone for anything. Notice that Jesus did not hold the priest up as a good example, nor the religious man of the day. No, instead he held up a Samaritan, who was despised as being unclean and unreligious, as being the man who was closest to being what God wanted us to be. It is not our sexual life, our religious life, or anything special about us that brings us closer to go but our love, faith, and charity. Remember, there is no one, and I repeat NO ONE, between you and God unless you put him there. Religions will try to put the pastor and church between you and God but as you see, I hope and pray, there really isn't anyone between you and Jesus and God.

Too much hatred is being spread by those in the name of religion and profess it is the word of God, but the truth is Jesus never spread hatred and neither should they. A great Christian, who is gay, says we should teach them in Love relentlessly to get them to see this and I do agree with that. Next time you think you can't be a Christian who is gay just remember the story of the Good Samaritan and how Jesus held him up and not the "religious man." Religion does not get you into heaven no matter what the religious leaders say. It is your love of God and your fellow man.

To learn more about being gay and Christian

I suggest visiting the following sites:

www.melwhite.org  A great site for all Christians to read both gay and straight.
www.truluck.com A great site that documents why it is ok to be gay and Christian.
www.cathedralofhope.com A great gay church where God and truth reign supreme.
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is a fellowship of churches where the congregation is gay or gay affirming. If you have questions, find an MCC church near you and talk to the pastor. They will help you on the journey and help answer questions you might have about being gay and Christian.

To Those who do not seek
They will never find
And will remain blind.
But those who seek God's love will find
God's true Love, truth, and a piece of mind

Tim Beck 7/4/99

Talk with another gay christian if you have questions and/or are struggling with this. You are not alone. If you would like to talk to me then please email me at timbearflorida@yahoo.com