Same-Sex Marriage is currently a huge debate in the United States. I want to make some offbeat random comments on the issue. I think that I see some superficial parallels between what is said in the two communities.
As regards the Gay community and the Christian communities:
1. Both come from all walks of life: white collar, blue collar, rich, poor, black, white, green, local, international and so on. It almost seems random and unpredictable.
2. Both folks feel the need to come out of the closet.
3. Both groups have experienced persecution.
~ Its getting less and less so for the Gay community in the US. Its becoming more and more so for Christians in the US.
~ Note: Christians ought to expect persecution. The Bible guarantees it:
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
I strongly believe that persecution is coming to the Christians in the United States in ways that they have never before experienced. There are some painfully difficult times coming.
4. You can attribute the nature vs. nurture debate to both groups.
Some Gay organizations claim it is choice (e.g. Act Up). Others say it is not.
Think about this…
Among Christians, you will meet some Christians who say that they made a choice to convert to Christianity. They had some dramatic Damascus road experience.
Others in particular those who have come from Christian families and have been totally nurtured in such environment (e.g. Xtn music, Xtn schooling, church, friends, etc.) will tell you that they cannot remember a point where they made a choice to become a Christian. They have no such defining moment. They will say that this is what they remember for all of their lives. This has been the constant ORIENTATION of their hearts for all long as they can remember – since early childhood.
So can we say that these Christians were born this way?
(BTW, I am one of those oddballs who did not come from a Christian family, have Christian friends, go to a church, and yet became a Christian. I did this by reading the Bible from cover to cover over a one year process. I have not idea how or when I came to realization during my one year of reading that I was a sinful man, separated from God and would have to answer for that on Judgment day. Maybe it was a slow fact by fact process? I don’t know.)
5. Both groups are deemed to consist of false members of their community.
~ That is there are those who are in the Christian fold who think they are Christians but are not or who are definitely apostates who have crept in unawares. Likewise the claim is made that there are “gay” people in the Gay community who are not truly gay. They are, if you will some sort of artificial homosexuals who were never genuinely gay. These are the folks who will later on leave their “gay” lifestyle and try to convince others that it is possible to leave.
6. Both communities have members who will make the claim that exit is not simply an unavailable option, but it is literally impossible. It is impossible for a genuine Xtn to stop being a Xtn. It is impossible for a genuinely gay person to stop being gay.
~ So just as there are doctrines called Perseverance of the Saints or Eternal Security, so also are there claims bandied about the Gay community that you can never change.