(-- "Should I Accept My Child's Orientation?"...
It was heart breaking to hear story after story of the hurt caused
by being rejected by the ones they depended on the most for understanding
and acceptance. And we heard far too many stories of attempted
suicide because of the shame and unworthiness they felt about
who and what they were.
These were wonderful, loving men and women. Just like our son.
At every gay gathering that we went to, the thing that haunted
me the most was the way Patti and I were stared at simply because
we were there to support our son. Our being there with Adam often
caused them more pain because they longed so desperately for their
parents to do the same.
Slowly, the world is coming to realize that homosexuality and
Christianity are not mutually exclusive. For when someone studies
the life of Jesus, they come to understand that He came to invite
all people to God's table. Not one person is ever excluded.
At this point, I feel it necessary to explain that I was raised
in the South as a Christian. Because of that upbringing, my religious
examples will only be relating to the life of Jesus. In no way
do I wish to insult any person of another religion or try to proselyte.
I only know my own religion. I wish I knew other spiritual teachings.
I believe they would parallel these examples.
Jesus always sought the outcasts of his day and made them feel
welcomed. And no one group represents the outcasts of today more
than the gay community. The gospels are filled with stories and
parables, told by Jesus, about God's love for those that are despised
and hated by the ruling majority.
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