Re: We have lost our sense of morality, a letter to the editor in the Advocate on May 7 by Jim Swan:
I am writing this as a rebuttal to a letter recently published by the Red Deer Advocate. This is merely my belief and opinion on the subject and I mean no harm by my words in response to this ever-rowing debate on homosexuality.
Whether it be through the church, religion or otherwise, I fear for the future of what our society could become.
I am 25 years old, a gay male and a Christian. You may call this an oxymoron, but it is in fact, 100 per cent possible.
All my life, I have been attracted to the same sex and that is what makes me “gay.” What I believe people need to understand is that being gay is not a choice. I did not wake up one day and decide to become attracted to the same sex.
As a gay Christian, it is very difficult to find my place in the church, especially when my way of life is considered a sin.
Although, I do agree with the church that promiscuity for heterosexuals or homosexuals is wrong.
I believe sex is intended for marriage.
The difference between me and many people of the LGBT community is the fact that I live my life according to God.
There will always be differing people in every walk of life. It just so happens that my walk is something that is too taboo and no one wants to talk about it.
I know I want to talk about it. With my church, my family, my friends, my pastor and foremost the Lord.
Christians and many other religions believe homosexuality is a sin, because the Bible says so.
That is a debate better left for a longer letter. Although I will say, when Jesus came to walk the Earth, He came to lead us to love. And God is love.
Yes there are scripture passages that frown upon homosexuality, yet Jesus summed up the Laws. In Romans 13:9-10, Jesus says, “…Summed up in this one rule: Love your neighbour as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.”
Growing up was very difficult for myself and it took me a long time to realize what I have come to know as truth. Some could say, self truth. Which is OK with me. I am not here to judge anyone.
If we all started showing the love Jesus told us to give one another, whether race, gender, status or sexual orientation, I know we would begin to become more Christ-like.
Hate and discrimination are from the devil and I know many Christians will think I am justifying my sin, but I am not.
I am living my life for Jesus. The only thing that makes gay people different is attraction. That is all.
Aaron W. Schuett