Many Christians know for a fact that being gay is a sin. BUT the weird problem is the notion that homosexuality is a choice. But that’s the thing. So what if it is a choice?
I have no problems with homosexuality being a choice. I see it as the difference between bacon and sausages. So what if you like sausages? Some people like both. Some people like one or the other. If you are happy with your choice then go for it.
BUT if Christians see it as a choice, their problem is that they are told specifically that they should hate the GLBT are in terrible danger and that their behaviour will doom us all.
But here is the thing. They think it is choice so they portray it as a sinful choice akin to baby eating. They think it is something to be cured of.
I know people that have been on them (gay conversion programs) and done the programs a number of times and attempted suicide. It’s one of the most psychologically damaging things…Psychologist Paul Martin
It may not be spiritual abuse but it is psychiatric torture. It is the usage of psychology to guilt and force people into roles that they are not. In a world of “Be Yourself” they are forced to “Be What We Tell You”. Their sexual orientation hasn’t changed, they just struggle with the guilt of it and pretend to be straight because they are ultimately terrified.
They are being damaged in a fundamental way by this and this can be forever. And forever can be a very very short time. The rates of suicide in these individuals goes up because they see themselves as broken.
I know that there are people who have taken their life because they felt so ashamed of who they are, felt like God couldn’t love them as they are and that’s something that will haunt me until the day I die.Former Exodus international president Alan Chambers
Last month one of the world’s largest ex-gay organisation, US-based Exodus International closed down.
Its leader publicly apologised to people who had suffered as a result of its ex-gay therapies.
One such person was a member of Freedom2B, a Christian GLBT community. The community was devastated after his suicide. Why?
All he wanted to do was please Jehovah. All he did was for the Church. Every single piece of suffering he endured was to make others happy but in the end he forgot that his own happiness is just as important. For that he went through programs, therapy and prayer trying to be something he really was not and in the end all the lies the Church told made him feel like that there was no hope for him.
Anti-Gay therapy is nothing but abuse. If you think all that is required to be “good” is not fucking men (as a man) then I am afraid you don’t know what value is. There are more bad things on the planet, more wickedness in the heats of men and more things that should be treated as sins than someone loving their same gender EVEN if it is a choice. We know it’s not a choice though. We know it’s something they are. As intrinsic as skin colour or hair colour or handedness.
So now I put it to Christians.
You too have a choice. You can wallow in hatred and the bronze aged superstition of the Old Testament. Or you can love your neighbour.