I am a Christian minister. I preach regularly in a Christian church. I am in a seminary (Bible college) and have written a book on basic Christian doctrines. I host two podcasts that preach Jesus and reveal how Biblical principles apply to your everyday life. I believe with all my heart, soul and might in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I also believe you when you say, “I was born gay.”
Last week, I got into a heated discussion with a loved one. They asked me, “Are people born gay?” I said yes. They then fervently told me that God makes nothing “bad,” “perverse,” or “sinful.” Their conclusion was that for me to agree with a person who says, “I was born gay,” means that I affirm that God can make someone who is “defective,” thereby demeaning The Lord.
Certainly, sexual identity is a very complex reality of life in the 21st century. Yet Christian fundamentalists often oversimplify the intricacy of the issue of sexual identity, along with many other complicated issues in the modern world. Fundamentalists tend not to make a distinction between sin—a general phenomenon—and sins, those specific things that people do. What the Bible teaches is that everyone is born into sin (also known as “original sin”), and thus, we can’t help from doing all the bad stuff.
(And yes, it may seem unfair that because of the poor
choice of one person long, long, ago that all have been counted guilty. However, the good news of Christ says that because of Him, there is an opportunity for redemption and reconciliation back to God. It also isn’t “fair” for God to have sacrificed Himself for all of us, but this is what the grace and love of God is all about.)
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