I just read a great story written by the mother of a 15 year old from a small conservative town in America.
The teen’s teacher asked his class to write an essay about the popular blog post “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay” that has caused a bit of controversy in Christian circles.
When He showed the assignment to his mom, she was furious at the teacher and the blogger and gave her son a big lecture about how it’s wrong to be gay.
Needless to say, he went to his room and later ran away to a friends house where he wrote his essay. He emailed it to his mom before returning home.
Here’s a few highlights of what he wrote.
My mom and dad always are being angry about gay people and talking about how they are bad and going to hell and they also always talk about how all the gays should be shipped off to their own private island or something so that the rest of us could live God’s commandments in peace.
I have been so scared of them finding out that I’m gay because I know that they would hate me and would want me out of their life and at the same time I can’t keep this secret anymore because it is not something I asked for, never in a million years would I ask to be gay in a town like this where everybody would hate me. And anyways I can’t keep this secret anymore because I’m about to do something crazy like run away or hurt myself or something. I just want to be dead sometimes.
He went on to say…..
So I got madder and madder and madder and then I snuck out and came to my friends house to write this essay because its time to stop letting people’s hate stop me from being happy. I mean should I really have to hate my life and want to die because other people are so hating?
And I don’t know what will happen but I am done playing like I’m something I’m not and if my parents don’t love me anymore because of this then I realize that’s not my problem and it will hurt but not as much as the way I hurt right now. I feel like if my mom and dad would just think about things they’d realize that what they always say and how they always hate gays is not what Jesus would do and maybe there is a chance that they will some day love me like Jesus would. I am their kid after all.
Needless to say his Mom was deeply moved and had a complete change of heart. She has even shared this with all her conservative friends in hopes that these “Christians” will stop hating, and start Loving.
I find this teen incredibly brave and inspiring. I hope more gay Christians read his story and take a stand not only for their right to love, but also for their right to worship God honestly.