“Homosexuality is a choice.”
These are but some descriptors that many evangelical Christians use to condemn homosexuality.
But what happens when you’re at the crossroads? What happens when you happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and….Christian? Does an LGBT person have to choose to be either Christian or gay?
While research shows that 58% of Americans say that homosexuality should be accepted by society, within the evangelical Protestant tradition, that statistic is strikingly different. Different denominations in the United States frequently regard homosexuality as sinful or immoral, based on certain biblical passages.
Not all churches are against homosexuality, nor do they “hate the sin, but love the sinner,” as is the common phrase among evangelical circles. Accepting and affirming churches are predominantly termed “mainline” churches and they are varied across the United States. In addition, because Christianity is used to deny rights to homosexuals and to justify the undesirability of same-sex relationships, the LGBT community has created LGBT affirming congregations.
For those within the LGBT community, the question of being “born this way,” is not up for debate and it’s not a matter of needing to change. It isn’t about behavior.
It is about identity. It is about personhood.
You are invited to meet five people in committed same-sex relationships from Church of the Holy SpiritSong (COHSS), an LGBT affirming church in Wilton Manors, Florida, who also happened to be Christian ministers in some form or other. They have decided there is no choice: they didn’t choose to be gay or lesbian, and they were called to be Christians.
Abomination? Unnatural? A choice?
These five people, and many others like them, have learned to live by the separation of church and hate.