A Gift from God?

In Toledo, OH, Central United Methodist church’s new billboard is causing quite a stir. The billboard says “Being Gay is a Gift from God.”

According to this ABC News report:

The message is connected to a month-long sermon by Pastor Bill Barnard. “We really believe that being gay is a gift from God, and it’s not anything that anyone has to apologize for or be ashamed about,” he says. “So that’s how it came to be.”

The entire story – including how other churches in the community have responded – is fairly intriguing, but the billboard’s message itself raises an interesting question:

Is being gay a gift from God?  If you’re able to accept that homosexuality isn’t sinful (a high hurdle that many people cannot clear), is it appropriate to consider it a “gift”?

Saying that being gay is a “gift” seems to imply that homosexuality is something extraordinary that is given by God for a purpose.   Interesting, right?  Is our sexuality ordinary (as is often argued in debates about marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), or is it remarkable?  Is our sexual orientation a gift, or is it more like brown hair, big feet, or a fondness for fondue — spiritually neutral traits that seem more like biological placeholders than “gifts”?

So, if you’ve been given the “gift of gay,” riddle me this…

Is gay a gift?  Or perhaps the better question is, if gay is a gift, why did we get it?  What is it meant to teach us, the church, or the world?  And, if homosexuality is a gift, is it a gift you want, or one you’d rather send back?

Other than being our chosen route toward intimacy and orgasm, does homosexuality serve a purpose?

Is being gay a gift from God?

Watch video of the ABC news story “Church’s Pro Gay Billboard Causes Controversy” here.

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One response to “A Gift from God?

  1. jackmaustin

    This IS a compelling question. I believe that our trials can be our gifts. For me, my sexuality has been a distinct trial. It’s forcing me to look at God with new eyes. Wherever my journey leads, I will certainly come out different on the other side. As with any journey, I will certainly learn along the way.

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