On Wednesday, Doug Bagwell shared a solid teaching on "How to Avoid Compromise." I appreciate Doug's friendship to me and his leadership in our church. He is a very wise man.
Ray Boltz's Confession
If you haven't heard yet, Christian singer Ray Boltz admitted last week that he is a homosexual. In Lee Grady's recent editorial he informed his readers the following:
The 55-year-old singer, winner of three Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, told the world last Friday that he just got tired of fighting his same-sex feelings. He told the Washington Blade, a gay magazine . . .
Boltz told the Blade that he disclosed his repressed homosexuality to his wife and four grown children in 2004, the year he retired from his music career. He quietly moved to South Florida and began dating. His divorce from his wife of 33 years was finalized this year. - Article "When Christians Come Out of the Closet" found at www.fireinmybones.com)
If trends continue in our culture, stories lke this will continue to come forth. It's easy for people in the church to make jokes and giggle about homosexuality, but this habit of masking our discomfort will have to change. The church must provide solid answers and solutions instead of ridicule. The truth is, there are individuals struggling with either this tendancy or or active sin sitting in our church every Sunday. It is not God's will for any person to be bound by homosexual behavior. Still, the church must create an atmosphere in which people with these struggles will have an avenue to get help. I don't know the answers yet, but I am trying to ask the correct questions.