The “Reverend” Frank Schaefer has been in the religious news a lot over recent years, primarily after he was defrocked, following him breaking denominational policy by officiating at the gay wedding of one of his sons. A recent news report states “he has no regrets” over the wedding. The article cites him -
“I did what I did based on my heart and my conscience,” Schaefer said, adding that he thought the church’s stand against gay marriage thrust his son into depression.
And the son was quite likely rather happy about getting married, although he reportedly later divorced. But was the church responsible for his son’s depression? I dont know for sure. But I do know that on the day I read this article, I read another (here), written by a gay activist journalist, that was remarkably frank in portraying some gay lives as depressing irrespective of church influence. And I know that there are many other reasons for depression in gay people. Lets not make the church a scapegoat.
According to media reports such the one below, a gay rights activist is raising $150,000 to pay the fine of a Christian couple who were prosecuted for taking a stand against same-sex marriage. The activist says he is doing this as an act of love.
Some gay activists have objected (see photo, right).
And some Christians have sneered in response, commenting that the activist is unrepentant over homosexuality and is still going to hell. But I wonder if the case is as clear as they imply. Matthew 22:34-40 states;
Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
I dont think the donating gay activist can be sure of his salvation. But who is more closely following that second commandment? The gay activist, or the person sneering at him even in the midst of his extraordinary generosity?
Make of that, what you will.
The leaders of the gay marriage movement within broad Christendom are big on getting their message out. They write books, they write articles, they give presentations. But they dont debate much. One of the bigger names in this area, is Justin Lee, author of the book Torn. Lee has been invited to debate those who disagree with him, but he has been known to turn the invitation down. He has claimed that he cant debate the topic, because his organisation, GCN, is home to some gays who believe that homosexual sex is sinful, AND is home to other gays who believe it’s not. So Lee says he cant take sides.
But what seems inconsistent to me, is that he does take sides. In the book Torn, he depicts gay marriage as not necessarily being sinful. And on Facebook, he’s inferred that he’s proud to be part of the drive towards gay marriage.
So when he claims he cant debate, is that just an excuse to cover fear that his ideology will be exposed as full of holes?
A recent article in in the New York Times about pedophilia, is alarming for several reasons. It suggests that 1% of males may have a sexual inclination towards children. It also references research findings that support the idea that pedophilia may have neurological origins. More here:
“mischaracterisations and lies”
It’s not often that the Southern Baptist Convention dis-fellowships a congregation. But that is what has happened to New Heart Community Church, of California, after they declared that they no longer necessarily regarded homosexual relations as sinful. As is often the case, this change in policy for the pastor and congregation, arose after one of their children came out as gay. Some gay activists championed the case, while the controversy has split to congregation. The pastor released a video detailing his position, which has been responded to by various apologists, including James White, and also this newcomer –