|Let us walk again, a closer walk with thee|
As people walked pass the busy underpass in City Hall Mall in Singapore, you could see a few gays walked pass by, once a while, not many, maybe 1 in 20. Sometimes with their partners, sometimes alone. I begin to wonder, with such small numbers, why would Christianity be obsessed by gays, in particular, with highlighting their sexual preference as sin and grave sin even? whose legalization they say would bring the moral downfall of the nation and the institution marriage. Have Christians gone too far in looking at worthless things? overtly preoccupied by homosexuality? We have made it such a big concern that it has become the criteria for entering the kingdom of heaven. One cannot even attend bible school if they were gays, nor attend most churches openly. We have all these ex-gay groups trying to change gays to straight but many soon leave the church anyway ever more conflicted and dismayed by religion and God. Great is the extent of spiritual, and emotional damage caused.
A friend commented that his application was on-hold at a Tung Ling bible college until it was clarified which church he attended lest he had attended a gay church and hence disqualified. The person really loves the Lord and it reminded me of the many Gay Christians who really had fallen because of how the Christian Church in Singapore had gone against them. They were really passionate for the Lord, and loves the church despite all but the added burden given by the church was too much for them. For many it had been too late like the show "Prayers for Bobby", a mother's deep remorse for "causing the death of his son because of her wrong Christian beliefs on sexuality. They may not have died physically, but their spiritual deaths were no less evident.
The anti-gay aggenda by the Christian Church is much like sweet candy, calling upon Gays as sinners choosing a sinful lifestyle. It exalts our righteousness and we get more judgemental as we proclaim our righteousness over those sinful gays. We use the bible to justify our actions. But the bible is not a book about sex, but talks about the faith of a nation and their indulgences into other gods, their sweet candy. Over and over again, the Jews fell, and worshipped other gods and such gods were very much sexual in nature with sex orgies being the norm. The bible talks about sex and immorality, is in the context of female prostitution and temple idols as expected because 95% of men are straight. Just because these straight men were into the worship of foreign gods that they even had sex with each other is not a testimonity that God is against Gays but rather against idol worship. The bible makes the point that the gods therein are unnatural. When the bible talks about natural and unnatural, its ultimate purpose is to show that it is only natural for men to worship Jesus and wholly unnatural for man made gods and idols.
When we take too much candy, it causes our teeth to be damaged and soon great pain. Perhaps, we should not be too perplexed, each time the Christian driven activism such as supporting 377A or proposition 8, or more sermons against gays such as by Choices, RLM, Liberty League, or the articles by Christian Post, seminars by the Methodist Church, Focus on Family, City harvest, Church of Our Saviour, or Cornerstone. They will all have their due rewards naturally - so, the more, the better. It may not be for the Gay community, the victim, to educate or be in conversation
Our own straight heterosexuality have failed misebly. Look at the divorces and abortion in the straight community. Thousands of babies are aborted and marriages ends in divorce but we have assigned it to gays who had nothing to do with it in the first place. We quickly turn a blind eye to it in the church as seen in Sarah Palin's daughter. No uproar in the christian community when immorality occured in contrast to the religious indignation when committed gay couples wanted to marry to affirm their relationships before God and men. There is no love lost within the Gay community when Ted Haggard fell, because he represented the hypocrisy of Christians.The bible does not warn us against gays, it warns us not to worship idols. When it does talk specially about sexual immorality, it talks about straight men being enticed by women and drink. And this should not be surprising as the open air display of a straight lifestlye is the many thousands of prostitutes lining up the streets of Geylang in Singapore.
It's about time that the Church of Jesus Christ, drink less, and be sober and do not forget about keeping justice, and doing her job. The King was supposed to keep justice, and as Christians we are supposed to be involved in the ministry of Christ, to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Instead, the redemptive power of Christ for eternal life we misinterpret as relating to changing once innate sexuality. Christians in Singapore may "change" tommorow but who knows, it may be too late. Too many good Christian gay friends have gone down the road of no return. They too walked pass me this day, and smiled and said "Remember Us", "Pray for Us". All I wanted to tell them, if I have had the courage was "You'll never walk alone again".
Father God, I pray for my Gay Christian friends, those who have gone much before me, that they may come back to their first love and faith in You again. Give them the special gift of faith to come through this storm of life, knowing that they will never walk alone but with You beside them, and with friends to walk again with them. Father God, let them walk again in this life's journey of faith, Just a closer walk with thee. Father God, let us walk again, a closer walk with You this day.