I have had the wonderful privilege of being quoted out of context in today’s Lariat (look up today’s front page). I’m quoted as saying this:
“I do want to be open-minded about it, especially as I have gay friends here at Baylor and I don’t want them to feel excluded just because of their sexuality.”
For the record: This was said after I told the reporter that yes, I believe homosexuality is wrong, for biblical reasons, and I do think that the group in question should have gone through the proper channels to be on campus. (For those of you too lazy to click the link, a group of Christian homosexuals have come through Baylor in order to discuss issues of gay rights and sexuality. The administration won’t let them be “officially” here because of what they’re promoting.)
This is such a weird issue for me. On the one hand, I do want to stand for biblical sexuality–i.e., heterosexual, married sex–and speak truth into the lives of these people, which is probably the most loving thing I can do for them, especially as they claim to be followers and lovers of Christ. (If that’s the case, I kind of feel free to exhort them to repent–not just because of two verses in Romans, but because of the whole story of redemption. The gospel speaks to our sexuality as well.)
On the other hand, no, I don’t want to exclude them from being here. I want them to know that we–that I–am not going to keep them out just because they’re homosexuals. We’re not afraid of what they have to say. I need to hear what they have to say, how they view those of us who do believe that the sexuality they’ve chosen is wrong, and aren’t afraid to say so. We can’t not have dialogue; we can’t not talk about a very real issue here at Baylor and in the church.
We could use some prayer here today. They’re leaving this evening, I think. Pray for wisdom and insight and compassion for all parties involved. Thanks.