LGBTQ students at Christian colleges refuse to choose between sexuality and faith

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By Lauren Slagter

The pastor’s booming voice filled the Spring Arbor University chapel as he grew more passionate, testifying to students about the power of prayer.

“I don’t have the time to tell you the history of those who have come to our church transgender and given their heart to God and changed,” the visiting pastor said during the hour-long service on Nov. 6, moving around the stage in jeans and a button-down shirt as he spoke. He held a Bible in one hand and gestured with the other to underscore his points.

“I don’t have time to tell you the stories of lesbians that come to our church and repent of their sins and now are living straight lives. I don’t have time to tell you about murderers who walk in and they get changed by the power of God,” he continued, his voice rising with each refrain. “I can’t tell you the drug dealers who actually hand me drugs and say, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ And it’s not by my might, it’s not by my power, it is by the spirit of the Lord.”

He paused. Applause filled the room.

But the LGBTQ people in the audience who’d just been compared to murderers and drug dealers were not inspired. They were filled with sadness and frustration. And they wanted to do more than sit in silence.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Here is the thing. When I don’t like a party; I leave.
    These LGBTQ folks do not need to sit suffering through a “service” where they are being targeted by a bigot on a pulpit who is potentially stirring the crowd up into a violent frenzy aimed at them….

    As a matter of fact, the LGBTQ folks are not the only ones who should leave. Everyone in the place should get up and leave upon realizing what, exactly, is going on in this “place of worship”. Visualizing this scenario, I am suffering. It boils my blood — when confronted with this type of aggression, I have one and only one response and that is my own ferocity. I tell my children that if a sicko, a true nut job, ever attacks you or breaks into your house or your life, what you do is “outsick the sicko”.

    You do NOT beg or ask or cajole. You do not hit lightly or step softly. You win. You confront with your own venom. You survive. And, if the person trying to murder you (the sicko) falls down or is injured? You finish them. You don’t run; you don’t turn your back; you don’t partially do the job. You finish it.

    I cannot imagine thinking that “god” would be present in such a gathering. And, since I do not have “god”, I’d be a leading candidate to get the hell out of there and urge like minded folks to do the same. And, while my above words are full of ferocity and aggression, the statements above would be aimed (and aimed appropriately) at a serial killer or rapist. I’d never harm the man on the pulpit Him???? I’d aim to hurt his pocket; his wallet. Get out and don’t go back and take as many with you as you can and then look to cause their new recruits to dwindle. They worship money, power, and control. They have no “god”, either.

    What is needed is a groundswell movement of people who have had enough of this behavior and attitude and simply say “enough”. Perhaps it will gain momentum and inertia and a critical mass of “enoughs” will cause these hate holes to implode.

    Lastly, the LGBTQ folks in the audience are paradoxically colluding to keep these shit holes afloat. STOP contributing money, time, and effort into this garbage system (and I know that this is easier said than done).

    Please please please realize that there are plenty of things that are NOT a choice, but contributing to this broken paradigm IS. I’ve already removed my dollar from their greedy fists — now let’s remove yours……. and yours……. and yours…….

  2. @OP – “I don’t have time to tell you the stories of lesbians that come to our church and repent of their sins and now are living straight lives. I don’t have time to tell you about murderers who walk in and they get changed by the power of God,” he continued, his voice rising with each refrain. “I can’t tell you the drug dealers who actually hand me drugs and say, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’

    And it seems he does not have time (or inclination) to come out of his lying self-deluding fantasy world, and actually study the subject of the biology of sexuality! .. and for that matter, he does not have stories which will stand up to scrutiny by informed people, so he just appeals to gullible faithful sheeples, to take on faith the stories he does not have!

    He should of course be told to clear off and remedy his ignorant bigotry by studying biology.

    The students’ problem is the likelihood of self-righteous reprisals from indoctrinated sheeple administrators and parents, if they speak out and do so!

  3. Alan4,
    I agree with your post, but unfortunately, the reprisals from the self righteous are already going on in the form of these hate fueled rants on the pulpit.

    And, these people really do not have to speak out and draw a target on their own backs. They need to walk away and not go back. Detach their presence and their money from the situation. Aggressive detachment!!!

  4. I’ve been chewing on this all morning and I am going to risk throwing out a half formed thought.

    I long for the day (hopefully very soon) that the LGBTQ segment of the population has enough confidence and traction and acceptance — a day when they are mainstream enough to not be the victim of some horse’s ass with a book and a microphone.

    I cannot wait (an am confident that it will occur — maybe not in my lifetime, but someday) until the “script is flipped” and the bigots are feeling bullied and harassed. Hey, they LOVE LOVE LOVE to claim persecution, right?

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