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Matt Moore on the Straight and Narrow

29 Mar

Oh joy, here we go again… Another article from The Christian Post that talks about a young man who’s “seen the error of his ways and turned away from his [homosexual] orientation.”

It never ceases to amaze me, how some people are so quick to embrace the hypocrisy surrounding the belief the Bible “states” homosexuality is a sin. Untold damage has been thrust upon youth and some adults who find themselves struggling to accept their same-sex attractions as “normal” (for them). “Old-school, traditional churches” have tried to impress upon these same young men and women, throughout their lives, that it’s a terrible sin and surely one cannot find grace and redemption unless he/she chooses not to act on such attractions.

Many churches have re-engineered their message of bigotry and bias, now professing that “being gay (homosexual or same-sex attracted)” isn’t a sin that’ll condemn you to a life-everlasting in hellfire and damnation but “acting upon” the attraction will.

Translation:  You can “be” gay but must choose not to “act” on your natural inclinations. If successful, you get an A+, can pass “Go” and proceed directly into the arms of the heavenly Father upon your earthly demise.

It’s really sad that a lot of LGBTQ youth and young adults buy into that line of reasoning. Not because we “need more queers to make ourselves the mobile, ever-more-formidable force that we can be” {sarcasm} but only because such a reaction means they’ve given up any hope of realizing a full, loving and productive relationship with someone they can be “FULLY” attracted to. There’s nothing wrong with love, people.

The problem with most of these “ex-gays” is that, in time, they always seem to later realize that they’re miserable living what is (for them) a lie; that God never intended for them to be anything but who they were meant to be; gay, loving and living out their life to its fullest potential.

The article below (which I first saw on another blog site) is what prompted me to write about this today. Read the article and Matt Moore‘s original blog entry in all of its unedited glory. Then you will understand my own comment following the excerpt:

Testimony of Blogger Rescued From Gay Lifestyle Inspires Others

Photo of Matt MooreLess than two years ago Matt Moore‘s life was completely transformed when he put his faith in Jesus Christ. Having indulged himself for years in heavy drinking and a homosexual lifestyle, his life changed drastically when he realized he needed to submit to God and His view of homosexuality according to the Bible. Today, Moore is using his testimony to reach out to others and show them how God is powerful enough to save anyone in the midst of their struggles with all types of sin.

Moore’s recent blog post on CP Blogs titled, “My Story: Homosexuality, Drunkenness, Grace and Redemption,” has been wildly popular and has led many people to express their appreciation for his honesty about something that is certainly difficult for him to discuss.

Read more…

For those who still believe that it’s alright to play with the lives of others, telling them that they’re less-than their straight/heterosexual counterparts and that the Bible instructs them that homosexuality is a “sin” … I have the following to say (see below).

Um, yeah… the Bible is “black and white” on many issues (though homosexuality isn’t one of them). Look to Deuteronomy 22: (and take your pick of any of the verses)…

20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel,

21 then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die, because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house; so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

22 “If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman and the woman; so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
 

Or to Leviticus

10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.
 

If we’re to believe everything that the Bible has to say, we’d best get our stones ready (because there are a good many ho’s in this country and around the world who need to be “put to death” if we’re to take the Bible literally). What of everyone who eats shellfish? Better get busy dealing with those who’ve partaken of the abominable creatures of the sea, as well.

There are the passages that make reference to garments of mixed threads and any number of other things people do that the Bible tells us is unacceptable (actually SPELLS IT OUT, unlike these imaginary passages so many attempt to say justify their bias and prejudice toward those who are homosexual).

Those same persons who PREACH about the supposed sin of homosexuality are willing to turn a blind eye to these other passages because … after all, those passages don’t apply in this day and age (another words, it doesn’t fit their agenda).

You either take it all in and behave accordingly (and as well, accept your punishment for having committed homicide while stoning the whores) … or admit you’re a hypocrite because you choose instead to follow only those parts of the Bible you feel are appropriate and to be enforced in the world today.

(See how silly this argument sounds?)

Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying that there isn’t a need for faith in the world today or that the Bible is of no use. I DO believe that the Bible is the “inspired” word of God; it’s just not the “literal” word. The books of the Bible were written by men (and one or more women) a long time ago, each of which were influenced by the bias of that time.

And certainly there is a need for all of us to know, understand and embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ (which are about Love, forgiveness and acceptance). Just kindly leave the “judging” up to a Higher Power and lose the prejudice and bias. After all, none of us is perfect!

Namaste,
Michael

Related Links:

My Full Story: Homosexuality, Drunkenness, Grace and Redemption (Original, unedited version!)

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  1. Mark Littel

    April 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I see guys like Matt and worry about how the evangelical community will transform him into the poster child for all things ex gay. He is so young… I pray for him.