Monday, May 17, 2010

Homosexual Activist Comes Out God's Way!


I received a lot of mail last week when I published my response to Christian artist, Jennifer Knapp, "coming out" about her lesbian lifestyle.  The following is an article from a former homosexual who "came out" as a Christian.  It is important for Christians to read his perspective.  
In His,
Al Menconi 

Christians, it's about love
Michael Glatze - Guest Columnist for OneNewsNow.com - 5/15/2010 5:20:00 PM

We often feel helpless, in situations. We want guidance. We know we should turn to the Bible; but sometimes we forget. We know we should trust our Savior; but sometimes we get ahead of ourselves – or we get a little too "into" ourselves. This is a common experience for all Christians, myself included.

We are commanded by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, to love Him – and, to love others. Simple commandments; but, we forget these too. Then, lest we should begin beating ourselves up for perceived failures, we can recognize that we are under grace, thus no longer condemned by Jesus. We let go, we slip back under His yoke...and, we love some more.

This is the Christian life.

In today's perilous times, people find themselves riled up by the forces of darkness and evil around us. We hear something that makes us sad, which leads to a bit of anger, which leads us into a foolish argument – which we are advised, by the apostle Paul, to avoid. Thus, we "engender strife," when we could – simply – love.

Does love mean we agree with everything? God forbid. Does love mean we don't feel when people are hurting themselves? God forbid. God's love is as great as His justice, His recognition of right and wrong.

And so, I write this article as a letter of encouragement to the Christian Church to continue trusting in the love of the Saviour, rather than in your own understanding, to continue swallowing your pride and letting Him fight our battles for us. Often, we have a tendency to want to play the hero, or the heroine; this temptation comes from a desire to prove ourselves. In Christ, our souls are already proven.

I was once a gay activist, and the editor of a national gay magazine. I lived a life with a same-sex partner, with a dog, a house, and many friends. Then, I got saved, and realized that I couldn't be gay and Christian – because, that would be living a lie. Soon, I found help to heal from homosexuality, and found myself living a new life, as a heterosexual man – complete with memories and a certain perspective of what it's like to be under the grips of a life lived in the excuse of a sin.

Jesus provides a way out of all temptations that are common to man. Homosexuality is one of those temptations that some people face. There will always be the temptation to dive in, completely, becoming identified with a sinful behavior; in fact, this temptation has become a political movement – supported by many politicians and courts in our land, as well as other countries in this world. But Christians aren't to be afraid of the pressure of an increasingly prevalent world system; we are not to be yoked together and conformed to the ways of this world.

I don't believe that we should fear our brothers and sisters who do make the decision to bind, in small or large ways, with the ways of the world. For our commandment from Jesus is not a commandment of fear, but of love. When a fellow Christian gets misguided, we are to love him or her the same way we are to love the lost; the way God, and only God, can love.

And, so, it is frustrating when Christians lose their principles and compromise on the brilliant truth and the power of the gospel to save people from all sins. It is frustrating when Christians take the side of the enemy, against fellow believers. And it is frustrating when Christians re-crucify Christ, through their obsession with never-ending transgression. But, all these things – and, so much more – needn't make us afraid; they should make us more ready to love.

They should make us feel the sadness of the transgression, the tragedy of the turning away. When I was 19 years old, I was a confident "queer youth" activist, planning a protest of the Christian Coalition's Faith & Freedom Day event in San Diego's Balboa Park in 1996. I was dressed in what we called "Republican Drag," and shouting obscenities at the crowd of what we called "hateful" Christians. I was standing there, fighting for a cause I firmly believed in. Then, a small group of brave Christian women formed a circle, and began – calmly, lovingly – praying for me and my fellow "queer youth" protesters. They circled us, loving us, praying for us, walking slowly around us. I remember being less than a foot away from a nice lady, who was telling me she loved me. I remember being so angry at her, raising my voice, shouting right into her face some awful, profane words.

But as the years went by, I never forgot that woman's love. And I never forgot the truth embedded within that love. And when Christ finally came to pluck me out of my bondage, it was memories like this one that combined as a powerful testimony to the truth of the gospel, and the saving power of Jesus Christ. I could feel God's love – even, when I was deep within the traps of the enemy. And it was that love – and that love alone – that set me free.

For Christians, today, this is a period of testing. As the devil increases in strength, forcing apostasy within the Church, taking over our Christian country – unless we stand strong – the only way to success in Christ is to let Him love others through us. This means we do not re-write the Word of God. We do not re-write the Holy Scriptures. We do not say, as some so-called Christians have said in recent times, that somehow the apostle Paul just "didn't understand" modern times. We trust Jesus, not our own understanding. We give up any notion we have of our own understanding, humble ourselves to the power of the gospel to save, and love through our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have the Holy Spirit within us; we do not want to grieve Him.

For me, it is remarkably frustrating to see some people within the so-called "Christian" sphere compromising the Word of God on the issue of homosexuality. It terrifies me to think of what might happen to these people's souls. I know that homosexuality is a powerful force in today's world – but don't forget that it was a powerful force in ancient times as well. Remember in the book of Judges, how homosexuality pops up at the end of a long, progressive apostasy? Remember how homosexuality is described as one of the lusts that enflames people, after they have turned away from God, causing in them the results of their transgression? Have we gotten so far from God that we are willing to attempt a revision of reality, simply because we're too afraid to see how bad things have gotten?

The truth of homosexuality is that it is, like so many other things, a sin. And the truth about healing from homosexuality is that, like so many other sins, it can be done.

For Christians to say that homosexuality is okay is for Christians to keep fellow brothers and sisters in bondage, suggesting (a) it's okay, and (b) other people trying to help them out of bondage are "hateful." For Christians to accept some kind of validity with respect to homosexuality is for those same "Christians" to turn on the Lord Jesus – whose arms are open to welcome homosexuals out of their identity, out of their habits, out of their former life, and into His liberating grace.

When I first came out of homosexuality, publicly, in 2007, I received 900 e-mails from loving Christians, praying, asking for guidance, sending their love. But in the last three years, I have seen strong, good Christian leaders fall into a pit of apologetic confusion around this issue of homosexuality. And I have seen good Christians turn on their brothers and sisters with an accusatory look, and the curses of the devil, because of their support for homosexuality. Make no mistake: Satan wants this issue to divide the church.

But we needn't fear that either. Know the truth. I am just one of countless individuals who have left homosexuality, and now live heterosexual lives. Christians have the blessed opportunity to help people out of bondage – that is the essence of our faith! Christians have the blessed opportunity to share in the power of our Savior, and watch His power at work, as He delivers people from their cages. I see people, constantly, who correspond with me via e-mail, Facebook, or whatever, who are getting through the valley, looking toward the clear blue sky. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13: "
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." This does not just apply to homosexual temptations, or any other physical sensation; this also applies to the temptation to turn away from the gospel, because the gospel seems too difficult.

Christians, we don't walk the easy, wide road; we walk the more difficult, narrow road. But, when we have the grace to do so, we know that we are doing the right thing, because Jesus is leading the way. And what a blessing it is to stop resisting Him, to stop making excuses for Him, to stop justifying ourselves in the light of His more superior truth, and give in to Him – and let Him lead and let His love flow through us.

It is in this love that we must continue to shine as lights in this world, helping people heal from their infirmities and helping people heal from homosexuality.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this...I am praying for the day we return love for hatred yet follow the walk of reconciliation as Jesus did. Welcome among those with issues but in process to follow Christ too.

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