it comes to the subject of homosexuality, our religious institutions
remind me of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's. The position
of each church or synagogue was so varied it was hard to believe
that we were reading from the same Bible or believing in the same
God. Scriptures seemed to support segregation on one side and
social justice on the other.
During my teenage years, I remember wondering why my church did
more to impede the civil rights movement than to take a courageous
stand on its behalf. We were told from the pulpit that God never
intended on the mixing of the races. The idea of black people
eating in a public restaurant, riding in the front of the bus,
or attending the same high school was unthinkable. In retrospect,
the thought of denying any of God's children of that right is
Many churches and religious groups quote scriptures that denounce
homosexuality. Yet the same scriptures that equally condemn divorce
are totally ignored. Because of the shame and embarrassment associated
with homosexuality, most of us allow this hypocrisy to go unchallenged.
There are seven deadly sins in the Bible: Pride, Lust, Gluttony,
Anger, Sloth, Envy, and Greed. Homosexuality is not among them.
Jesus walked hundreds of miles and spoke to thousands of people.
Because he surrounded himself with social outcasts, he must have
met what we today consider gay and lesbian people. Yet He said
nothing about homosexuality. Why not?
If homosexuality were so sinful, wouldn't Jesus have either addressed
it or condemned it?
God's love and acceptance is far greater than any of us can ever
imagine and is never limited by the thoughts of man. I have no
magic answer why God created some of His children gay. I do know
that He does not withhold His love from them anymore than He did
His black children, even though some of His white children thought