Guest Article on “Homosexuality in the Church”

Prepping a couple of sermons for this weekend and catching up on some stuff made time a little tighter this week.  So, instead of just leaving you empty-handed, I wanted to share with you a compelling article I read a little while back.

Steve Gershom (pseudonym) is a Catholic man who struggles with temptations towards homosexuality.  But instead of trying to argue that homosexuality is not against God’s will, he lives out his faith by seeking to resist temptation.  Novel thought for a Christian, right?

I think you’ll enjoy his views.  It’s very powerful.  He doesn’t necessarily say anything I haven’t heard before, but it comes from a source more authentic than any I’ve heard before.  He’s a courageous man whose testimony can undoubtedly serve as inspiration for those who are fighting the same temptations.

Please check out, \”Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine\”

DISCLAIMER: My posting of an article from a Catholic man does not serve as a ringing endorsement of all things (or doctrine) Roman Catholic anymore than quoting a Black Eyed Peas lyric in a sermon serves as a ringing endorsement of all things Hip Hop.  I hope that’d be obvious.  I simply thought that it served as a great illustration of a man who believes in the inspiration of Scripture testifying to that truth in his life.

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One thought on “Guest Article on “Homosexuality in the Church”

  1. Matt says:

    I realize this post is more than a week and a half old. I have been debating whether to comment.

    First, I think that Steve Gershom is very courageous and his story makes a great witness.

    But Martin Hallett makes the comment in his article in Holiness and Sexuality that, in his view, there are nearly as many homosexual Christians who do not believe that homosexual sex is right as there are those who advocate its acceptance.

    Add to that those young teens and pre-teens who are just finding out they are attracted to their own gender, who are usually feeling great shame for those feelings and those in their late teens who are wavering in their convictions about what to do with their same-sex attractions and there are a lot of people in our churches who, like Mr Gershom, are not the stereotypical gay-lifestyle-approving homosexual.

    Yet those who come forward to their pastor are few and those who are willing to be public witnesses are fewer.

    This would indicate there is something seriously wrong in the way the Church as a whole approaches this issue when Christians who approve of homosexual behavior are out and proud and those who, in line with the Bible, believe acting on their temptations would be wrong are afraid to speak to their pastors.

    This is why I try to remind pastors that when you use the term “homosexual” you are addressing 4 different groups of people who are each at different stage in their approach to their temptations. You are addressing those we normally think of as “gay” who advocate homosexual sex as a morally acceptable behavior, But you are also addressing young teens who are attracted to their own gender, most of whom are feeling ashamed and guilty and are desperately listening to your sermons as a lifeline to find out to find help. And you are addressing those in their late teens and early twenties who have realized their temptations are not going to change easily, if at all. They are often at the point of giving up on the Church as a place to find answers but are still hanging on. And you are addressing adults who face homosexual orientations but believe that homosexual sex is against God’s Word. Some of this later group made that decision early in life and have courageously kept it. Others were sexually active in the “gay community” but have now left it because of religious conviction.

    The thing is that we spend all our time preaching about the one group who are not in our pews and who don’t care what we have to say anyway – the stereotypical “gay” Christian and almost no time addressing the three groups who are sitting in the congregation listening to everything we say and taking it to heart. Because we waste our time addressing the one absent group, those who are present receive the clear message that the Church has no real answer, no real comfort and no real fellowship for them.

    So, while Mr Gershom’s testimony is a great witness to faith in God, it should also be a wake-up call to the Church to realize homosexuals are not just out there in the gay community but are also sitting in our pews, wanting our help and fellowship to stand against temptation.

    For this reason I beg pastors to preach about homosexuality in the same way they would preach about adultery if a man in the congregation had been in their office the week before weeping in guilt for having cheated on his wife. The pastor would not soften Christ’s message that adultery is wrong but, knowing there was someone in his audience in pain over this issue, he would make a special effort to emphasize that every one of us has committed sins just as bad as adultery and he would make a special effort to apply Christ’s forgiveness directly to the sin of adultery and to emphasize Christ’s mercy. Pastors, do the same when you preach about homosexuality. Believe me, someone, like Steve Gershom, is listening.

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