Regarding the issue of gay-straight alliance clubs, especially in light
of the Dec. 9 letter from Elizabeth Richards of Concerned Women for
America, Corona del Mar ("Gay-straight clubs are wrong," Dec. 9):
How embarrassing to the majority of Christians who desire to spread the
accepting love of Jesus that the most vocal opposition to gay-straight
alliance clubs comes from self-identified Christian voices?
These often are the ones who worked to get campuses open to religious
clubs; now they want to prevent the free-exercise rights of other good
citizens. Not agreeing with a club's point of view is one thing, but
organizing to prevent it is another.
The New Testament considers all sexual orientations as potentially
sinful. They are wrong if adulterous, promiscuous, unjust or yoked to the
worship of false gods.
The Apostle Paul simply asked that people not exercise sexuality other
than what is "natural" for them. I was created naturally heterosexual,
while some others were created naturally homosexual. So let's just all be
fair, civil and caring, which is the American, and certainly the
Jesus said nothing about this matter. He only gathered into his community
those whom others thought outcast, and he chastised the intolerant.
Why aren't those who follow Jesus dedicating their efforts to matters
Jesus said much about? Take your pick: warfare, prejudice, insincerity,
adultery, divorce, gossip.
To focus in the name of Jesus on something Jesus said nothing about
reveals homophobia (an irrational and needless fear), no matter how much
it is disavowed.
And the credibility of Christian witness is further damaged before an
already skeptical public, which is in need, as we all are, of Jesus'
Dr. GARY BARMORE
Pastor, Fairview Community Church