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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: God and the Homosexual
By Telika Howard


You ever wonder what God thinks of the homosexual? Do you think that He groups them differently then everyone else and they don't apply to His promises of love and forgiveness?

When I first became a Christian, I was the young age of 8 years old. I think I was a mature 8 year old because I remember distinctly that I knew Jesus loved me so much He died for me and I wanted to go to heaven by accepting Him in my heart. I also remember loving church and the things my Sunday School Teacher said. So I knew what was wrong and what God expected of me ten years later, when I stopped going to church and became sexually active with my boyfriend and eventually pregnant at 19. When my son was about 1 and a half, I had the desire to go back to church. I loved and joined my friend's Kesha church and everyone welcomed me even in despite of being a teenage single mother.

So what does all that have to do with homosexuals? The fact that I was accepted isn't anything new or shocking to Christians but homosexuals can't do that. Even though I was ministered to and told that having pre-marital sex was wrong, I wasn't shunned or told I was disgusting. So how come Christians can't do that with gays and lesbians? Why do homosexuals have a hard time coming into a Christian church? Even someone who became a Christian and has fallen into homosexuality should be loved and ministered to, just as I was.

As many know, I am now married and I gave birth to 3 more kids. Even though, I am not in sexual sin anymore, I still do fall and I still need God's forgiveness. We all do. Open your heart to someone and pray for them, and tell them that, even though you don't accept the sin they are in, you do accept them and want to show them the gift of Jesus Christ and help them to a life that will give them blessings and favor from God.
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2nd Corinthians 12:9

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Brenda Blakely05/06/07
Thanks for what you said. You really made me stop and think about my attitude to those who may be having difficulty living up to the "standards" we set in the name of Chrisitanity. I know they are God's standards but He IS the judge and not me. You are right, I believe God calls us to love not judge. We each have our own struggles, some may be more apparent than others. I am so thankful that you experienced and shared that kind of love and are able to see that this is the answer. Thanks for speaking up. Simply well put.
Jan Ackerson 05/06/07
Brave words, and food for thought for many Christians. We need to have honest dialog about this issue, that's for sure.

Be aware of the correct use of "then" and "than", and you might want to do a quick edit of "my friend Kesha's church."

I'm glad to read your own story of redemption--very inspiring.

Jessica Campbell05/06/07
I do believe you wrote this article on Preference, and not Bible-believeing Biblical Christianity. Romans 1(KJV) clearly states how God feels about Sodomites.(The Biblical term) God tells us to tell sinners to REPENT! This new age religion wants us to accept everyone as they are, while shunning the fact, that God has Standards. Yes, God can forgive, but you must Repent! That means to turn from your wickedness, and Sin no More! I Corinthians 6:9,(KJV) tells us clearly who CANNOT inherit the Kingdom of God,
and effiminate is one of them.
We must tell the truth, for the truth will set you FREE!
Telika Howard05/07/07
I wrote in the article to tell them "you don't accept the sin they are in' meaning that they do need to ask for forgiveness but you can't convince someone by shouting at them and spitting Bible versus without first coming to them with love it says in the Bible (I am a Bible believing Chrisitan) "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life -- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." Philippians 2:14-16 Everyone has sin in their lives, no one is perfect so we must keep everyone in our prayers that they know to reach out to Christ to help them in the sin they are in
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2

Telika Howard05/07/07
here's one more scripture that I feel supports what I'm trying to get across,
"Therefore you are inexcusable , o man whosoever you are that judge:for wherein you judge one another, you condemn yourself; for you that judge do the same things." Romans 2:1
"Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Romans 13:10
Marilyn Schnepp 05/27/07
This article, combined with the little preaching service you bestowed on my poem...(which, incidentally, was written with no harm intended) has given me food for thought. Thank you for sharing Your thoughts.