By Dr Lazarus Castang
The title of the article, “The Lord is my Shepherd and He knows that I am gay,” encapsulates homosexual confessions of a Christianity that is compromised. It does not refer to me because I am not gay. The article addresses the claims of homosexual churchgoers and the value-judgment statements of particular respondents (example, see the second comment by a female below my previous article: Bible phobia and homosexuality
) who have gone berserk over my homosexuality articles or the title of this article. I intend to juggle two big Caribbean husky coconuts on one hand in this article.
Dr Lazarus Castang is a licensed psychotherapist and an ordained SDA Minister of Religion. He holds a PhD in Old Testament, a Masters in Psychotherapy, and has completed studies in basic medical science. He has ministered to several communities in St Lucia, Barbados and the US and has provided therapy to individuals, couples and groups. He is a graduate of University of Southern Caribbean in Trinidad and Andrews University in Michigan. He has written two theological books and several articles on social relations. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some have become so distraught over my homosexuality articles that they have unguardedly spilled their unsavory guts on the grand screen of public discourse. I will undertake a dual engagement by means of a dialogue between Mr Born-A-Gay
(a constitutional homosexual, Sister Skeptic
(who is disgruntled with religion) and Me as Pastor C
. I was motivated to change the format of presentation for flexibility to address this juggling task more poignantly.
: Pastor C., the title of this article rings my bell because the Lord is truly my Shepherd and He knows that I am gay. He leadeth me beside the still waters of homosexuality, and He restoreth my soul.
: Mr Born-A-Gay
, you are free to live as the Shepherd has guided you. But, Pastor C
., this article is your cover-up. Are you gay? Are you defending yourself? Your rantings are beginning to sound like a gay man still trapped in the closet. Aren’t you one of these driveling, fame-seeking, hypocritical, religious nuts, who condemns what he practices and are using Caribbean News Now to come out to achieve celebrity status? Why not take your jargon to the pulpit and convince some of your members on why they should accept you and other gay pastors hiding behind the frock into the fold?
.: How readest thou? Watch your mouth, sister! Basic human decency should characterize our discussion. Your human dignity matters to me more than your rudeness. If you cannot say amen, say ouch.
Sorry to disappoint you as I am a confirmed heterosexual in orientation and practice and by creation and redemption. I am a Seventh-day
Adventist, not a Seventh-gay
Adventist. Please, sister, engage me at the level of rigorous reason, not undisciplined emotions; at the level of sound judgment, not sick accusations; at the level of an enlightened conscience, not personal insecurity.
Did you read in my last article that “only conversation-stoppers attempt to silence any moral discussion of homosexuality with argumentum ad hominems (arguments at the person)?” False hasty predictions are one of the identifying marks and the tip of the iceberg of a morally incautious or misguided prophetic media/political commentator.
The title of my article was borrowed from Troy D. Perry’s autobiography in which he talks about his understanding of being gay, Christian and a minister. I am a married, heterosexual Christian minister, not gay. The title is intended to address the idea of being born gay and moral Christian accountability.
Nonetheless, on second thought, the title is an unintended tease which elicited your “drivel” and the simmering churnings of your mind. Your reaction showcases how the dark cloud of homosexuality is overhanging contemporary culture, and the demon of homosexuality is possessing and twisting minds to see a gay behind every bush. It is driving the world to grant “celebrity status” to people who make public confession of their anti-opposite-sex bias in sexual practice and relations and their preference for same-sex anal sex.
Mr Born-A-Gay: Pastor C
., don’t lump me with Sister Skeptic
in disrespect. I admire your frankness, so I will be respectful and frank with you too, even though we hold different perspectives. It does not make sense for me or you to be intolerant of her intolerance of some ill-conceived intolerance. We must learn to make peace, rather than give piece of our minds and have little of it left.
As far as I can remember, I have always and only experienced same-sex sexual temptations, fantasies, and attraction. I don’t know why. This is natural and normal for me and I have acted out accordingly. I feel guilty because the Bible condemns it, but somehow I feel God understands my plight because he made me so. The Lord is my shepherd and he knows that I am gay. I should not be made to feel guilty by the church for a condition that was given to me. I did not choose my homosexual orientation and if I should not practice homosexuality, then I have no legitimate outlet. Plus, it has been said, “Once a homosexual is always a homosexual.”
: By the way, what is the Caribbean church? Again, I ask, what is the Caribbean church?
Pastor C: Sister Skeptic
, you have received an answer already. Can you be focused and disciplined enough to address the key issue -- homosexuality? Now Mr Born-A-Gay
, you have demonstrated poise and a willingness to agree to disagree without being disagreeable. Your concerns are sincere and honest.
: You getting me upset now because you are talking about homosexuality too much. Stop it. Get some other main point of interest. Plus, are you sexist by the way you respond to me?
: Are you going crazy? I have only written four articles on homosexuality and it is my moral Christian responsibility to challenge and tackle this potentially volcanic issue in the church and in public anytime. Don’t put yourself in charge of homosexuality discussion as its gatekeeper or its police on Caribbean News Now. And avoid the sexist charge that can be leveled back at you.
Without trying to offend you, your reaction leads me to ask, are you an LGBT and/or a disgruntled former SDA member? These are asked for rhetorical effect.
Now give your heart to Jesus. He won’t turn you away, but gentle lead you all the way to Him. It takes your mind, and your heart and your hand to serve my Lord. Therefore, repent and be converted for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Beddybye!
Let me go back to Mr Born-A-Gay
. There are contingent homosexuals
who are seeking variety by experimenting with same-sex anal sex. Situational homosexuals
are in a restrictive environment (prison) with no available opposite sex, so they sleep with men. Both groups are heterosexuals who practice transitional homosexuality then return to heterosexuality. Their behaviour is not permanent bisexuality. The constitutional homosexuals
feel sexual attraction to men early in life. They may have both the homosexual orientation and the practice.
: That’s me. My condition is like left-handedness, or race, or gender, or skin color. Don’t blame me for it.
.: While you cannot be blamed for the homosexual orientation, you did not choose, you can be blamed for homosexual practice you have chosen. If the connection between the orientation and the practice is compulsive, addictive, overpowering and inevitable, and makes you neurotic, then you have a pathology of the will on your hand, which requires therapy and Holy Ghost power.
: I don’t think I need therapy for reality, for my sexual identity, or for what’s natural to me. Therapy for such is unethical, forced, ineffective and will do harm to me. As for the Holy Ghost power, He shaped me in my mother’s womb and He does not go against Himself.
Pastor C.: Mr Born-A-Gay
, you have raise quite a number of issues: constitutional homosexuals and therapy as unethical, homosexuality as God’s gift to you, pathology of the will, homosexuality as innate, immutable, and as a conditional coercion of the practice. There is so much to respond to that it requires more than part one of this article. I must admit that I was not fully able to juggle two big coconuts on one hand. Therefore, this dialogue is to be continued with part 2. Sorry, Sister Skeptic
: You know something; I think you are a pain in the donkey. So disgusting! I will leave you alone. But I am just wai-----ting for you to slip up.
.: Thank you very much, Sister Skeptic
. Now Mr Born-A-Gay
, in closing part 1, let me begin the response with some overarching statements: homosexual orientation is a part of post-Fall evil; those with the condition has the free choice for celibacy or singleness like heterosexuals; homosexuality is an intrinsic disorder, an objective disorder, and it is a distorted view of self, nature, the world, men, women and God. God created humanity male and female. Sexuality is not neutral. It is based on gender differences. Therefore, heterosexuality is the divine ethical benchmark, the norm, for human sexual relationships.
Finally, Mr Born-A-Gay
, God has called you to be Mr Born-Again