Barna on the “Spiritual Profile of Homosexual Adults”
Go and read it all, but the comments at the end are really thought provoking.
â€œPeople who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts,â€ declared the best-selling author of numerous books about faith and culture. â€œA substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today.
Hmmm. I hope some of my more conservative readers get that first sentence.
â€œThe data indicate that millions of gay people are interested in faith but not in the local church and do not appear to be focused on the traditional tools and traditions that represent the comfort zone of most churched Christians. Gay adults clearly have a different way of interpreting the Bible on a number of central theological matters, such as perspectives about God. Homosexuals appreciate their faith but they do not prioritize it, and they tend to consider faith to be individual and private rather than communal.
I wonder whether that’s an interesting comment on the way we often compromise our beliefs for our emotions?
â€œIt is interesting to see that most homosexuals, who have some history within the Christian Church, have rejected orthodox biblical teachings and principles â€“ but, in many cases, to nearly the same degree that the heterosexual Christian population has rejected those same teachings and principles. Although there are clearly some substantial differences in the religious beliefs and practices of the straight and gay populations, there may be less of a spiritual gap between straights and gays than many Americans would assume.â€
That’s quite a challenging paragraph and something that liberals should consider.