November 4th, 2019

Sunday Sermonette: Formers

Last week, a group describing themselves as former gays, lesbians, and transgenders marched on Washington.

That always sounds so aggressively militant, doesn’t it? March on Washington? When you can all fit on a single short bus, however, it’s somewhat less so. Anyway, this group of fifteen people, members of the Changed movement, wanted everyone to know that it’s possible to change your sexual orientation with the help of Jesus. And if Jesus isn’t enough, torture, um, “conversion therapy” ought to be allowed. And LGBTQ civil rights makes them feel bad and ought not be allowed.

This particular ex-gay group was organized by Church United, a fundamentalist church whose stated mission is “To respond to the spiritual problems threatening our communities today,” whatever that means. Apparently the existence of LGBTQ people with the same civil rights as everyone else is one of those problems.

Like most fundamentalist churches, their understanding of human sexuality is abysmal. God created two sexes. Male and female created he them, and they are complementary. There are normal straight people who are attracted to the opposite sex as God intended, and then there are those who suffer from “same-sex attraction.” No nuance, no bisexuals, no Kinsey scale or Klein grid, just Good or Sinful. So naturally, there are going to be some people who, having had same-sex experiences, settle down with an opposite sex partner. Nothing miraculous about it, no conversion necessary.

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