Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Glee and Christianity

Most of you have probably heard of the TV show Glee (if you haven't, you must be a hermit). Is it the most appropriate of shows? Definitely not. But, as a teenage girl, I'm not gonna sit around and watch Veggie Tales my whole life. Glee is a good show. It's funny, it's got a relatively good plot line, so I'll enjoy it, thank you very much.

For those who don't know, the show revolves around a diverse group of high schoolers struggling with popularity, sex, etc. (the normal teenage things) as they're in the school's glee club.

There is one boy in particular, named Kurt, who is homosexual. Tonight's episode revolved mainly around Kurt, whose father was in critical condition at the hospital.

Many of Kurt's friends tried to console him by telling him that they were praying for him, and encouraging him to turn to God in his time of trouble. This was his reply:

"I don't believe there is a god. And, even if there was, God's a jerk, isn't he? God makes me gay and then makes His followers go around saying it's a choice , as if I'd choose to be mocked every day of my life."

While I don't believe that people are born gay, and I do believe that being gay is a sin like any other, one that can be overcome (albeit, it's really, really hard), I think that Kurt has a point here. As a Christian people, we like to rate sins. Sins like adultery, homosexuality, and murder are the "worst" sins. We must be better than people that do that. Our sins aren't that bad. But we forget that we're no better than they are in God's eyes. We're all equal. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

We have no right to judge gay people, just as we have no right to judge liars because, really, our sin is just as black to God as their's is.

I don't justify their actions. I don't agree that people should actively pursue a homosexual lifestyle. But, neither should I justify my own actions, or the actions of others. It's okay to tell one lie. I don't believe that people should lie, or cheat, or commit adultery, or have premarital sex. I don't agree that I should lie, or worry about what the next day will bring, or judge others.

All are sins. All are equal. A gay person has every right to say, "I don't agree with you lying all the time. I think that's a horrible thing to do, but I still love you." We're so easy to do this with people who commit "minor" sins. When will we realize that God loves gay people just like he loves us "good Christians".

Being a Christian isn't about making people conform to what you believe, or converting them to Christianity. Being a Christian is loving people where they're at, wherever they're at, and letting God take care of the rest.


  1. Reconcile not with the fear of the snake
    But embrace it as your own
    Inject it's venom into your veins
    And replant the seed that gives growth
    Still shrouded in mystery
    Until you arise above perception
    A veil of ignorance is in motion
    Continuing throughout generations

  2. I heard it said once that Homosexual tendencies are certainly something people are born with- Same as some people are born with a tendency to be an alcoholic. It doesn't mean that the person HAS to become an alcoholic, or a homosexual, but it's much more difficult for them than the rest of us! They need all the grace and love we have to offer.

  3. Your last statement may be a bit misleading. Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus' last words on this earth were, "18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”"

    Christianity isn't about "loving people where they're at" and hoping that God takes care of the rest. We are the hands and feet commissioned to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should love people enough to share the good news that we can be reconciled to God the Father through the outrageously gracious sacrifice and resurrection of His son.

    If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is, then we have to love people enough to lead them to him.

  4. Sorry, but homosexuality can't be overcome. Those who claim to no longer hold same sex attractions are repressed.