I read recently about, Matt Moore, a young evangelical. He blogs as an “ex gay” Christian saying, “You can leave gay behind.” But, he periodically registers on a gay social site looking for companionship.
The interview below is a sad commentary on the cruelness of evangelical religion. He acknowledges his daily longing for same sex companionship.
Because he is convinced homosexuality is a sin, he trys not to look for companions. He has sold his computer and had someone else program his phone so he cannot go to gay chat sites. He said about his same-sex attractions, “There is no solution.”
So there he sits with decades of intense conflict ahead of him. He cannot do anything about his sexual orientation but believes he cannot live as gay because it is sin. Religion has assigned to him a life of unhappiness and he has voluntarily accepted it.
How different that is from the lives of gay couples I know. They have successful careers and households that fulfill their need for companionship. Their lives are filled with community engagement and the confidence they are living lives worthy of praise from others.
I wish I were a street preacher saving souls like Matt Moore. I would tell them sin was invented to control people.
Then, I’d shout, “Forget sin. Replace it with a dedication to be the best possible citizen you can be, helping others to make their lives better. Don’t let religion steal happiness from you.”