Christian courage...

Northview Opinions PageAs the Obama administration works to advance the wickedness of homosexuality around the world, the gay battle against God and His Word progresses at home. 

Into this battle this week stepped a thoughtful and talented young woman who attends Christ the Word's youth group. Asked to provide her thoughts on homosexuality for a views page in her high school newspaper she wrote:

"Hearing about an individual choosing the way of homosexuality is disappointing. They have given in to the temptation to sin. Am I afraid of the person because of this choice? No. Do I hate the person because they have chosen to give in to a sin? Of course not. Christians are called to love others, even our enemies. I would not love a person any less for the reason of a sin they are committing. Fact is, we all sin and have struggles of our own, whether they are big or tiny, and it makes no difference to God. What makes the difference is overcoming the sin.

"Are you trying to fight your sin and turning to the Lord to help you, or are you giving in to temptation? Without Him, you will never be able to overcome your sinful desires. We as humans don’t have the ability to save ourselves. However hard we try, we end up doing bad things all the time, and the only one who can save us from this sin is Jesus Christ. So when we look at homosexuality, it is just another one of those temptations to sin. Some have a harder struggle with it, just like others have a harder struggle with staying away from alcohol or with not gossiping. It’s a temptation. That’s why it’s wrong to say, “it’s the way I was born. I can’t help it and can’t do anything about it, so I might as well give in to my feelings.” I don’t hate the person that has made this choice to give in to their desires, but I hate the choice and I hate the sin. If a friend told me she was a lesbian, I would still love her with the love of Christ and be a friend to her, but I would hate her sin. I would do everything I could to help her fight her sin and turn to God and His Word, the Bible, for answers.

"1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says,“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

"This passage is saying that if you give your life over to a sin and live in the way of any of the sins listed (but not limited to just these), you are not fighting sin in your life. This is not okay, and not something we should just brush off as an individual’s “choice”. Homosexuality is wrong. It is so obvious in the Bible. It is not okay that homosexuals let this sin control and define their life. I will speak against this, because I know God has created man and woman for each other and not man for man or woman for woman. We as humans were created to have relationships that lead to marriage and then lead to the reproduction of children. That is how the system works, and how each individual came to be, including you. Reproduction doesn’t work with the same sex. You can’t deny this proof.

"The great thing is that there is a way to be free from the sin that so easily entangles us. Calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as it says in the passage above, means giving your life over to God. As you do this, your sins are washed clean, whether it be giving in to the attraction of the same sex, or lying to your parents, you have the promise of eternal life in heaven when you give yourself over to Jesus Christ and live for Him!

And now, the whirlwind. From the pages of Toledo's main newspaper, the Blade, to television news shows, to local talk shows the reaction has been swift and one-sidedly critical of her loving statement of truth: 

13 ABC has received emails and phone calls from parents and students about this article, including a former student who is bi-sexual. She now lives in Massachusetts.  

April Hutchinson tells 13 ABC, "If I were a student there I would feel extremely outcast by the article and I am disappointed to say I ever even went there because of this."

This former student says she believes the article promotes bullying.

"This is the type of article that causes students to get so discouraged about school, they want to drop out or they want to find other avenues.  This is the type of thing that causes teen suicide or stuff like that"

Despite her explicit statement of love for homosexuals and the gentleness of her tone, a Sylvania mother worries that the article will breed violence:

Some, like Sylvania parent Bobbi Clark, worry the editorial could have opened the door for bullying.

"It's sad to see that a school would allow something like this to be printed in a newspaper," Clark said. "It's wrong."

And there are the tears of the "persecuted":

One of several emails sent to WTOL 11 said: "After the school day ended, there were two girls crying outside by the bus because they were ashamed and scared to be lesbians."

The response of the high school principal?

Though Mr. Swaggerty did not believe any students will be disciplined for the publication, he said there will be repercussions. “A deeper look into homosexuality,” will not be included with the rest of the edition when posted online. Normally, the school takes a hands off approach to the newspaper, allowing faculty adviser Sarah Huey to screen the content, but that process is now being reviewed.

All because one young woman had the audacity to state God's truth. Can you imagine a more loving, more caring response than the one she wrote? Its very excellence is no doubt responsible for the scorn heaped on it.

Praise God for the witness of this young woman in the pages of Northview High School's newspaper. And praise God for her friend from Christ the Word who wrote about her faith in last month's "Views" page. They reflect the glory of Christ by declaring His name and truth before the world. Hold them up in prayer with me, would you?

Comments

May God protect and strenghten this young woman!

al sends

It is so like the world to jump on her article rather than the one on the lower right side of the same page ("For me, being correct and straight is the correct and normal way to live"), which shows no love whatsoever, but the very thing the Christian girl is being accused of. Tells you what is truly offensive: the Gospel. Of course, Scripture tells us that will be the case. God bless her for her courage and obedience. God will honor her for glorifying Him in this way.

Oops - mistyped the title of the other article. Should read "For me, being straight is the correct and normal way to live." Sorry about that!

God bless you! I thank God for such truth and such a good example.

Love,

Alex McNeilly

God bless this young woman and those who receive the word of truth she spoke in love.

What a great article. Praise God!

Excellent. This is a good reminder for me to pray for y'all in Christ the Word's youth group. Thanks for the encouragement and keep up the good work; the nations may rage, but God simply laughs at them (Psalm 2). I miss you guys and can't wait for an opportunity to see you again.

Love,

Praise God, this was a very courageous act of faith, and love.

As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism, I applaud the young woman for her alternative writing. The public school's response to this free speech is rather reasonable since public schools are fundamentally anti-Christian – surprised it’s not more vitriolic. The government school’s outcry is as normal and predictable as a Canaanite academy resenting and rejecting a young Israelite girl criticizing the high places of Baal.

I couldn't make heads or tails of Kristian Brown's reporting...I went to school with her at Toledo Christian. Last I heard, she is an active member of a local church.

Right on, sister!

It's ironic that the articles covering this young woman's constitutionally protected expression of her Christian faith allege that what she has written will lead to sodomite students being bullied. What a lie! The only bullying going on is the oppression of this young woman by the very same homosexualists, in the very news articles where they allege that her words will lead to bullying.

What a terrific witness by this young woman! Bold, yet compassionate--and not a single promiscuous use of the term "sodomite.". Well done.

So very well written for a young woman of her age -full of thought, compassion and passion while all the while being gentle and loving - a rare writing gift and an incredibly mature spiritual gift. Praise be to God for her boldness. May she be greatly blessed in her courage.

>> and not a single promiscuous use of the term "sodomite."

Dear Mr. Martin-George,
I hope you're not applauding softened language as the more appropriate prophetic voice. Ezekiel spoke of abominations and rebellion and destruction and judgment, Jeremiah of anger and rejection and treacherousness, Isaiah of shame and "Woe to the wicked!"

This isn't you, is it:

What I find so ironic in this situation is how the very detractors from this article would be the first to defend free speech in other circumstances. The world likes to label people as being closed-minded when they take a stand for righteousness, but they refuse to consider the others' perspective. Is that not the very definition of being a closed mind? Rather, the Christian has looked to an infallible source of Truth, and can support their position, whereas the opposite view is based on the lyrics of a pop song. Sure, that rhetoric has equal veracity. We are praying that both girls will bear up under this persecution, and that their parents will have wisdom.

Like to note that apparently the title in the header on the page uses the word queers. Can't post that on facebook that word is offensive, although with the post itself I have no porblems. Really sad and interesting story. This is a story of courage and amazing Spirit-filled words from the young girl. Great stuff. Pray she will not be further ostracized. I wonder how they worry it opens the door for bullying, thinking of the homosexuals in the school, yet its really opened the door for her to be bullied.

To fault this young woman for not calling homosexual perversion "sodomy" is to be a cad. Different messages for different audiences from different messengers use different words.

But maybe your real point was to use this woman as a rebuke of my constant association of homosexual perversion with God's obliteration of the Sodomites? If so, don't be a cad. To use this young woman as a pawn in your defense of cowardice is impolite. What am I supposed to do--nitpick with you over her wording?

Her testimony is splendid and we thank God for it.

Love,

>> Her testimony is splendid and we thank God for it.

Amen.

Excellent article. Let's take this opportunity to remember that pure evil is pure selfishness and pure good is pure selflessness. There is not much, in terms of behavior, that is more selfish than homosexuality.

Here's a link for those who may be interested:

http://rwnutjob.blogspot.com/2009/03/iron-chef-cat-cora-her-lesbian-partner.html

Not sure how this will all pan out. This girl and her family may want to keep in mind the Christian Law Association who has time and time again used U.S. Constitutional law to successfully defend bible believing Christians in just such cases. I pray she will not need to go to such measures...but she should know its available if necessary.

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