An article by a pastor named John Pavlovitz has gone viral, and it is accomplishing its purpose: to let Christians know that it’s okay to be gay, in spite of any Scripture telling us otherwise. In fact, this pastor doesn’t want to hear any of you well-meaning Scripture-sharers, so don’t bother sending him email. “I really couldn’t care less,” he opines.
Here is one of his four things he promises if his children embrace a homosexual lifestyle or struggle with any sexual sin in the future:
I won’t pray for them to be made “normal”. I’ve lived long enough to know that if my children are gay, that is their normal.
I won’t pray that God will heal or change or fix them. I will pray for God to protect them; from the ignorance and hatred and violence that the world will throw at them, simply because of who they are. I’ll pray the He shields them from those who will despise them and wish them harm; who will curse them to Hell and put them through Hell, without ever knowing them at all. I’ll pray that they enjoy life; that they laugh, and dream, and feel, and forgive, and that they love God and humanity.
Above all, I’ll pray to God that my children won’t allow the unGodly treatment they might receive from some of His misguided children, to keep them from pursuing Him.
Would Jesus commend this pastor, or correct him? What Scripture verses come to mind as you read this?