As with many other issues brought to this site, homosexuality is one that brings with it extreme controversy. After breaking free from the IFB so many years ago, my perspective about many things in life have changed. My views about homosexuality have changed as well and I believe that the IFB promotes an anti-homosexual agenda for many of the wrong reasons.
This article is going to be somewhat vague because I have a colleague working on publishing research related to scripture and homosexuality so I will let him go into details about biblical exegesis. Please accept my apologies for that. I just want to share that the IFB has for many years and still is on the front lines to suppress and marginalize homosexuals. They manipulate scriptures to do so and it’s abusive.
I’m aware of how much of a hot button issues this is in society and especially in our Christian sub-culture. I’m actually counting on that and hope that these articles help many people re-think this critical issue. This is a very complex issue – again the IFB would like to view it as black and white, but nothing could be further from the truth.
A lot of what I write here is simply a way for me to process the information and think out loud (so to speak). As such, I’m hoping to get some good discussions going. We really need to wrestle with this issue to make sure that we are handling it properly. There are many hurting gay men and women in our societies. The church (especially the IFB) by in large is – in my humble opinion – doing nothing to help and in fact, in some circumstances, making things worse.
In this article I’d like to simply present an introduction to the issue that point to the EXTREMELY damaging practices that the IFB and Christianity as a whole do when it comes to these issues.
I think that the Christian community as a whole does a very poor job of reaching out to the homosexual community, but the IFB, in my opinion and experience, is one of the worst offenders. The IFB is very quick to judge and shun homosexuals. The IFB refuses to allow homosexuals to feel comfortable in church (or even attend church in some instances) and to have leadership/teaching roles in church. The IFB is outspoken against gay marriage and promotes homosexuality as a choice rather then a natural occurrence.
The jury is still out on the “cause” of homosexual orientation. The “nurture vs. nature” debate is quite strong still. The IFB, however, has turned a blind eye to the evidence for natural “causes” of homosexuality and Christians have made up their minds about the issue with no willingness to even consider the issues.
It’s important to discuss this issue and have an open dialogue about how to best minister to those who need and want help incorporating spirituality into their life, however, the IFB has decided to keep a closed mind to such efforts.
The major issue I have with the approach the IFB and other Christians take when it comes to this issue of homosexuality is similar to other areas that are highly controversial and it’s one of closed minded dogmatism. Why is it, do you think, that homosexuals feel so uncomfortable in church (if they even attend)? We’ve done a piss poor job of making homosexuals feel welcome and loved. Christ loves the homosexual just as much as the heterosexual. The last time I looked, we aren’t supposed to judge people.
So with that being said the first thing that I need to point out is the lack of scriptural mandate that that instructs the Christian to be so vocal against homosexuality and gay marriage. If homosexuality and gay marriage is a sin (and I’m not convinced it is – more on this to come in future articles) why do Christians feel the need to be so vocal against it? This is an issue that’s personal, between the individuals and God. It’s NEVER our place as Christians to judge the behaviors of others and try to convince people of what we perceive or even believe is sin! It’s not our place to do the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. The IFB is far too quick to condemn homosexuality and the homosexual.
The IFB is out of line in speaking out against homosexuality and this under lying agenda to purify humanity of homosexuality is no better than Hitler’s desire for ethnic cleansing. Some may be thinking that that is a strong comparison, but I would say that it’s not strong enough. The IFB is guilty of many abuses against people, but this, in my opinion is one of the worst. Manipulating scripture to support an anti-gay agenda is typical IFB and just like every other problem brought out on this site shouldn’t be tolerated in the least.