Once upon a time the right-wing Christian’s typical response to homosexuality was that gay people are just messed up straight people who need to become better Christians so that God can stop them from being gay. [Read more…]
Lately we’ve all been made keenly aware of the plight faced by so many transgender people seeking nothing more than to be accepted for who they are. And much of the prejudice aimed at such folks is, of course, grounded in conservative/right-wing Christian theology. And that’s too bad. Because, as evidenced by the brief letter below, the only thing any person, Christian or otherwise, needs to enlighten them on the LGBT “issue” is love.
You seem to have a great perspective on morality. My question is in regard to the propriety of attending church if your beliefs don’t align completely with those of the institution. [Read more…]
Now in my early 30s, I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. My brother, seven years my senior, regularly abused me, from when I was around five years old through when I was twelve. So many people who know my story — especially my pastor and friends from my church — tell me that I should forgive my brother, that I can’t really heal from what he did to me until I do. I know that (especially as a Christian) I’m supposed to always forgive. But do I really have to forgive my brother for what he did for me?
What happens when you do something that you can’t get forgiveness for? My husband committed suicide two years, three months and four days ago. He needed me, and I wasn’t there for him. I pushed him away — and he couldn’t hold on. I left him at the precise moment he needed me the most. [Read more…]