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J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Presently he teaches English Composition at the University of Southern Indiana. Patrick holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com.

What You Believe About Homosexuality Doesn’t Matter

The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that again. It does not matter if you think homosexuality is a sin, or if you think it is simply another expression of human love. It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because people are dying. Kids are literally killing themselves because they are so tired of being rejected and dehumanized that they feel their only option left is to end their life. As a Youth Pastor, this makes me physically ill. And as a human, it should make you feel the same way. So, I’m through with the debate.

via What You Believe About Homosexuality Doesn’t Matter.


One Comment on “What You Believe About Homosexuality Doesn’t Matter”

  1. Kalen December 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I am also a youth pastor and can actually speak from experience when it comes to suicidal depression having been their myself in my late teens. In my case, it was my complete bondage to sin and seeking fulfillment in that sin that was driving me to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore, and it was people who loved me and prayed for me while still speaking out boldly against the sin I secretly loved that actually made a difference in my life, the other people that agreed with and promoted what I was in bondage to occasionally made me comfortable but they were powerless to give me any escape from the depression. Please Love and speak truth that can set people free, don’t tell them they are ok if they aren’t
    It is an interesting link, However this youth pastor seems to be somehow deduce that the gay suicide phenomenon is caused mostly by Christians speaking out against sin. He seems to think that somehow if we simply stop labeling sin as sin, then we will save lives. But it’s not merely Christians speaking out against sin that drives these people to take their lives, it is that they feel they simply having nothing to live for. So if we tell them they are just ok and still give them nothing to live for, we aren’t helping at all. Jesus would want us to love these people. But he didn’t come just to save our lives so we could have a few more years down here on earth, he came to save our souls, he came to deliver us from sin in any and every form. So when we tell people that they don’t have any sin, or not to worry about it, how can we expect them to see the need for a Savior? And if we take this approach we become ultimately responsible for loosing their souls for eternity… Very bad move. Saving a mortal life is noble, but it is an eternal soul that God is concerned with. And He entrusted us with responsibility to deliver His truth as he gave it, so that mankind can know his need, and know the remedy. True love will tell the truth even when it hurts. And I for one am thankful my youth pastor never worried about offending me. He was more concerned about sin getting in the way of my relationship with God, than me being comfortable with the message.

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