(As posted to my Gazette blog)
Recently, I reported on Christian writer Michael Brown, who had column online asking if you can be gay and Christian. He has written a book on the subject. I’ve reported on Michael a few times in my blog: I don’t often agree with him, but he does present his ideas well and respectfully. He has done a piece on Charisma News responding to some of the comments about his book — and as you can imagine, some of those comments weren’t quite so respectful.
I do want to respond here to one thing Mr. Brown says in the followup piece, quote: “While I am 100 percent sure that God does not endorse or bless homosexual practice or acts, I am equally sure that He has a tender place in His heart for those who struggle with these issues in their own lives and who have a desire to serve and love Him.”
Here’s the thing: I am very spiritual, a Theosophist, deep thinker, yadda yadda yadda, and I am 100 percent sure that God couldn’t care less about homosexual practice and acts. I absolutely know this in my heart and conscience — and spirit, i.e. the voice within, which just happens to be a piece of the Cosmic Cloth or the divine spark, call it what you may. Helena Blavatsky called it “the voice of the silence.”
Now, who’s right? Michael or me? Or . . . ?
Indeed, 100 percent proof to him or me about spiritual issues is not 100 percent proof to others. And pointing to a book, in this case the Bible, doesn’t prove anything. I do not believe it is the inspired work of God. It’s the work of men who may have honestly felt it was the inspired work of God, or who were simply deluded, or were making it up.
Who knows? I say, let God or the Cosmic Cloth speak for itself — if it can.
Personally, I don’t believe in a personal God who frets over human affairs and pulls puppet strings. In fact, I know that such a God does not exist, because if it did, school girls in countries like Nigeria would not be kidnapped and raped by men in God’s name . . .
But karma exists. At least, that’s what I know.
As for whether one can be gay and Christian, well the proof is in the pudding: there are a lot of sincere, brotherly- loving gay Christians out there with a clear conscience. So the answer to the question is Yes. And nobody else on Planet Earth has the right to judge them.
On another note: A writer called James observes the following in a blog item about Satan.
Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!
Amen to that, brother.
“The future then, for each, will come from each present moment. As we use the moment so we shift the future up or down for good or ill; for the future being only a word for the present – not yet come – we have to see to the present more than all. If the present is full of doubt or vacillation, so will be the future, if full of confidence, calmness, hope, courage and intelligence, thus also will be the future. “– William Q. Judge