An Open Letter to Christians who still believe...
- people can change their sexual orientation,
- become straight, or
- otherwise stop having same-sex attraction...
It's time to stop.
Stop believing that.
It's simply not true.
The President of one of the largest groups (Exodus Int'l) who's mission USED to be to make gay people straight, has recently issued an apology:
“I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced. I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents." -Alan Chambers (read the full apology here)
Here's what I know to be true:
You CAN'T change your sexual orientation.
You CAN change your outdated, unfounded, and hurtful beliefs about sexual orientation.
I know it is scary.
I know it won't be easy.
I know that some people around you, in your life, will question your sanity. Question your morality. Question your commitment to God, the Bible, and to Jesus.
But trust me, it's worth it.
It's worth being unfriended in life by people who fear what they don't understand, for the sake of leaving behind a way of thinking that damages, ostracizes, condemns, and shames other people.
If Alan can do it, then so can you.
(Sidenote: Tomorrow night, Thursday June 20th, at 7pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network, tune in for Lisa Ling's OUR AMERICA. In this episode she will be talking with Alan Chambers, and sets up a space for Alan to personally apologize to many of Exodus' ex-students. Including my good buddy, Sean Sala, who is a National LGBT activist and member at our church.)