posted by v
A local church is running a series of billboards trying to convince people that God, Jesus, and the bible don’t condemn homosexuality. I’m not a Christian, and I haven’t studied religion so I don’t have anything interesting to say about what Christianity says about homosexuality. The minister claims the purpose of the billboard campaign is to spark debate. I have several things to say about the campaign itself.
First, this campaign goes way beyond sparking debate. The minister has written a book on this subject and clearly has an agenda to push and a book to sell. He’s using the church as his platform. I hope the church signed up for this. I bet his publisher is ecstatic.
Second, there are many people in this church who are desperately seeking approval. For them, that’s what this campaign is about. Not debate. It’s about “Please, please, please accept me”. I think that the church and the community needs to address this psychological state that some members of the community find themselves in. Personally, I’m not begging for acceptance from anyone. I’m a productive member of society. That should be enough.
Third, I’m concerned about the safety of the members of this church. This church has made itself a target by doing this campaign. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take risks. I just hope that everybody realizes what they signed up for. I made myself a target in high school, and my life was a living hell because of it. No older, wiser person stepped in and tried to persuade me in a different direction. They were too busy living vicariously through me.