to the point: rap & homosexuality.

i don’t have a lot to say as a for-runner to the main part of this post.

however, i do want to say thank you to Baptist Thinker for posting what i have stolen from his blog (teehee!) and making me aware of it.

also, i want to make you aware of an earlier post i had written about homosexuality a few months back – which you can read here.

lastly, i want to give a shout-out to my friend Dave who – though i’ve never met him personally or email him on a regular basis – has been a source of encouragement and an example of a wonderful, gracious, forgiving (and forgiven) Christian in my life.

okay… on to the real purpose of this post. it’s nothing big. it’s nothing crazily new and wow-ing necessarily. it’s just a youtube video of a rapper singing about a girl who struggles with homosexuality and the isolation of the church. did you hear me? i said “the isolation of the church.” meaning the church isolates her. again… “THE CHURCH.”

that’s awesome. because i thought the church was supposed to nurture an encourage the weaker brother (or sisters) and push them to go on for Jesus. i thought the church was supposed to pray for those who struggle and offer a shoulder to cry on when they fall short. maybe i was wrong all this time…

anywho. watch. listen. ponder.

some of you are probably more upset that i posted a youtube video of a rap song than you are about the actual topic of the video. to that i say – get over yourselves, you’re pseudo pharisaical hypocrisy (super double negative… ish?), and look at this situation through the eyes of Jesus Christ. (and if your response to that comment is something like “well, Jesus Christ would be super upset at that rap video AND the topic of said video, so my anger is righteous and justifiable”… well… then… go dunk your head in a toilet somewhere. preferably an outhouse. peace.)

now… thoughts?

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Posted on October 27, 2011, in Homosexuality and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Heather, I agree with much of what you say here, and in fact have regretted my past hateful actions: http://middletree.blogspot.com/2009/03/memory-i-am-not-proud-of.html and have called for all Christians to have compassion on homosexuals: http://www.middletree.net/hs.asp

    That said, I will sort-argue on three points:

    1. While a lot of Christians have marginalized people struggling with homosexuality, a lot of the church has not. A lot of us have offered the very things you called for here: hope, and pointing them to Jesus. It’s only fair to point this out lest you seem to come across saying every single Christian has dropped the ball.

    2. There’s an increasingly-louder voice out there which says that Christians have, in the last 20 years, increased their anti-gay stances. This is not true. At least, it’s not that Christians have initiated it. What is being observed as increased anti-gay attitudes is actually reactive, not proactive. You take any society where a sin has been accepted as sin for hundreds of years, then try to change that mindset, you’re going to get resistance.

    3. While it is true that Christians seem to focus on one sin above others, keep in mind that homosexuality is the only sin that has people advocating that people stop thinking of it in sinful terms. Again, it’s a reaction. If other sins started having people who perpetuate said sins organize and form advocacy groups, you’d see the same reaction from conservative Christians.

  2. I agree. With you, Heather, as well as James, if that makes any sense. There is always a very fine line between standing against sin, and being compassionate. We must have both, and both do go together very well, but they can be mutually exclusive.

  3. And I agree too. The Bible consistently and strongly speaks against homosexuality, but also tells us consistently to love all sinners (even including our enemies). And that everything we do must be done in love.

  4. The only thing I didn’t like about the video was that it was an 8-minute rap video. Actually, I’d say it was a short film with a wierd editing technique.

    That being said, there is no difference in the sins of “whatever” and homosexuality. However, the earthly consequences can vary tremendously. However, that should not exclude the homosexual from receiving love and compassion from the church any more than one who struggles with any other temptation.

    The “reactive” problem is a result of those active in promoting the gay lifestyle. It is one thing to help someone understand that there is a sin with which even Christians struggle. It’s another thing to be forced through intimidation, threats, and even law to accept and promote said sin, even to the point of elevating it above what is righteous. Many don’t know how to “fight the
    fight” while still showing compassion to those on the opposing side.
    As I see it, send all the gays you want to my church. I don’t care. Send the gays, the liars, the thieves, or whatever. They, we, all of us need Jesus. I just draw the line where I’m forced to
    change the truth of Scripture to accommodate the participation in sin, or make that sin a new dogma.

    • Well said Pastor Baker. We need to love ALL sinners, but we should never encourage them to continue on in it. We should love them and encourage them to get right with the Lord.

      As with ANY sin, we should be cautious and remember Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” We need to love on the lost, but we also must be careful not to conform to the sinner rather than helping them get saved and a child of God.

  5. thank you all for sharing your thoughts on this matter. i appreciate it.

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