Christian Group Shows Up To Chicago Gay Pride Holding Apologetic Signs

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27th @ 2:45pm – I don’t have anything more to add in regards to the story below, but I would liek to share a little bit about how I feel with the Supreme Court currently debating same-sex marriage. Being a lesbian, this is a pivotal time in history and I would like to see us receive the right to do what we want with whomever we want, because it in no way affects anyone but us. We are not benefiting from the institutions in place for legally married couples, and that is absolutely unfair and should not be legal in this country who constantly shares how “free” we are. In a showing of my support, I made this photo and would love for anyone and everyone to share :) The link to my FaceBook (where it can be easily shared) is HERE

"When I was a little girl and learnt about the Civil Rights Movement, I never thought I would one day be witnessing history that is seemingly so parallel. Along with it being historical for America, it's historical for me, personally. I hope that the court makes the decision to allow free thinking individuals the opportunity to love whomever they choose and be a better example to younger generations. I am incredibly proud of who I am, but more than that, I am proud to love one of the most amazingly witty, honest, dedicated people in this world... and she happens to be a beautiful woman. My hope, in regards to the outcome of this decision, is that my wedding day is one where we legally are bound together in addition to a celebration with all of our supportive friends and family :) ♥ NOH8"

“When I was a little girl and learnt about the Civil Rights Movement, I never thought I would one day be witnessing history that is seemingly so parallel. Along with it being historical for America, it’s historical for me, personally. I hope that the court makes the decision to allow free thinking individuals the opportunity to love whomever they choose and be a better example to younger generations. I am incredibly proud of who I am, but more than that, I am proud to love one of the most amazingly witty, honest, dedicated people in this world… and she happens to be a beautiful woman. My hope, in regards to the outcome of this decision, is that my wedding day is one where we legally are bound together in addition to a celebration with all of our supportive friends and family :) ♥ NOH8″

This is an amazing photo that captured the moment a gay man hugged a member of a Christian group, that came to Gay Pride to apologize for the way the church has treated homosexuals. It’s nice to see people of faith have common sense enough to know that hate and prejudice is wrong. A step in the right direction towards equality and something everyone should learn from. THIS is the kind of compassion that religion teaches, but far too often doesn’t follow. Well done.

Since seeing this photo, a friend of mine had introduced me to more of the story. A man, by the name of Nathan, is the one you see above hugging the gay guy in his underwear, or Tristan rather. Well, Nathan wrote a blog about this day and this moment and what his and his fellow church-goers had done. Here is what he had to say:

I hugged a man in his underwear. I think Jesus would have too.

I spent the day at Chicago’s Pride Parade. Some friends and I, with The Marin Foundation, wore shirts with “I’m Sorry” written on it. We had signs that said, “I’m sorry that Christians judge you,” “I’m sorry the way churches have treated you,” “I used to be a bible-banging homophobe, sorry.” We wanted to be an alternative Christian voice from the protestors that were there speaking hate into megaphones. 

What I loved most about the day is when people “got it.” I loved watching people’s faces as they saw our shirts, read the signs, and looked back at us. Responses were incredible. Some people blew us kisses, some hugged us, some screamed thank you. A couple ladies walked up and said we were the best thing they had seen all day. I wish I had counted how many people hugged me. One guy in particular softly said, “Well, I forgive you.” 

Watching people recognize our apology brought me to tears many times. It was reconciliation personified. 

My favorite though was a gentleman who was dancing on a float. He was dressed solely in white underwear and had a pack of abs like no one else. As he was dancing on the float, he noticed us and jokingly yelled, “What are you sorry for? It’s pride!” I pointed to our signs and watched him read them. 

Then it clicked. 

Then he got it. 

He stopped dancing. He looked at all of us standing there. A look of utter seriousness came across his face. And as the float passed us he jumped off of it and ran towards us. In all his sweaty beautiful abs of steal, he hugged me and whispered, “thank you.” 

Before I had even let go, another guy ran up to me, kissed me on the cheek, and gave me the biggest bear hug ever. I almost had the wind knocked out of me; it was one of those hugs. 

This is why I do what I do. This is why I will continue to do what I do. Reconciliation was personified. 

I think a lot of people would stop at the whole “man in his underwear dancing” part. That seems to be the most controversial. It’s what makes the evening news. It’s the stereotype most people have in their minds about Pride.

Sadly, most Christians want to run from such a sight rather than engage it. Most Christian won’t even learn if that person dancing in his underwear has a name. Well, he does. His name is Tristan. 

However, I think Jesus would have hugged him too. It’s exactly what I read throughout scripture: Jesus hanging out with people that religious people would flee from. Correlation between then and now? I think so. 

Acceptance is one thing. Reconciliation is another. Sure at Pride, everyone is accepted (except perhaps the protestors). There are churches that say they accept all. There are business that say the accept everyone. But acceptance isn’t enough. Reconciliation is. 

But there isn’t always reconciliation. And when there isn’t reconciliation, there isn’t full acceptance. Reconciliation is more painful; it’s more difficult. Reconciliation forces one to remember the wrongs committed and relive constant pain. Yet it’s more powerful and transformational because two parties that should not be together and have every right to hate one another come together for the good of one another, for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity.

What I saw and experienced at Pride 2010 was the beginning of reconciliation. It was in the shocked faces of gay men and women who did not ever think Christians would apologize to them.

What I saw and experienced at Pride 2010 was the personification of reconciliation. It was in the hugs and kisses I received, in the “thank you’s” and waves, in the smiles and kisses blown.

I hugged a man in his underwear. I hugged him tightly. And I am proud.

THIS is truly heart-warming. I am crying as I write this because I am proud of this man and his willingness to share what he believes, despite the criticism he may receive. After this, even more came together to keep this story going. Someone had recognized Tristan from the photo, and Tristan got in touch with Nathan. These two shared how this moment meant so much for each of them, and that is what’s remarkable. One person meets another, and for each of them, this was a lasting experience and memory.

To read the interview that nathan did with Tristan, visit Nathan’s blog HERE

All of the photos above were taken by photographer, Michelle, whose work can be seen HERE. She can also be reached in the following ways:

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267 Responses to Christian Group Shows Up To Chicago Gay Pride Holding Apologetic Signs

  1. fester60613 says:

    Wonderful story, wonderful outreach, wonderful display of true christianity. Too bad they couldn’t have dragged a priest along with them – or someone dressed as a priest in sack cloth and ashes! Oh how wonderful it would be to see a Cardinal or the Poop undertake such acts of asking for forgiveness.

    • Al says:

      …except, these “supporters” of the parade don’t represent Christianity. Not even close. Jesus would NEVER apologize for the standards He set. He would call them to repent, extend the same forgiveness He extends to all who repent, and then tell them to “Go, and sin no more.”

      • Ashley says:

        Sorry, dude. You are wrong! Jesus loves EVERYONE. No matter WHAT they have done! He loves the person – not the sin. This includes what you, me, any gay person, or an evil person, even down to Hitler, do. Jesus took on all the sins of the world so we can return to him – whether in this life or the next; and God loves us so much which is why he sent his Son to earth to Atone for our sins. The Christian thing to do is to love. Not judge. That ALONE is God’s job. He is a Just God, full of Love and Grace. We’re supposed to follow Christ’s example – not Satan’s.

        • Dion says:

          My dear friend Ashley, You are right in saying that Jesus loves the person but hates the sin. What do you think will happen to the person (the sinner) if he or she does not repent and turn away from the sin he or she commits willingly and knowing that God does not allow such sins into His presence? Do you think God would say “Ooh, don’t worry, I understand, so here’s your pass into heaven you little naughty boy/girl, I’ll see you later and we’ll talk….?” No, my friend He hates sin and if the person does NOT repent and does NOT turn away from sin, there is only one place to where such a person (sinner) will go and it is not heaven. Go and study God’s Word and see this for yourself. Don’t just speak about the love of God and hold on to the fuzzy feelings it may create in your emotions, realize that He is Holy and all real Christians should live a holy life too, just as Jesus did. Realize that God is a God who WILL judge sinners and condemn to hell those who did not wish to repent and turn away from sin! I’ll pray for you as well as all, those who think its okay to continue in “acceptable sins”.

          • BK says:

            There was a sexually promiscuous person that was about to be stoned, as prescribed by Jewish Law. Jesus said “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one, they all left.
            Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
            “No one, sir,” she said.
            “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

            Believe me, if you are so interested in the souls of others, how are you going to tell them to leave their lives of sin if you’re still holding rocks in your hands?

            If you’re really interested in other people’s souls, perhaps you should do more than just pray about them.

          • Kevin says:

            For all those people talking about turning away from sin…
            How’s your life without sin going? last time I checked it’s impossible. What you’re saying is that we will burn if we do not turn away from our sins yet everyone sins everyday. So according to you. We are all going to hell. Just because I repent and give up my sins doesn’t mean I stop sinning its about trying. Does anywone here actually believe an all powerful, all loving God would allow his people to go to hell? so when you talk about forcing a person into changing their lifestyle, you are being just as sinful as they are. What happened to love thy neighbor? I’m pretty sure it doesn’t say hate thy neighbor, decide he is living wrong and force him to bow to your will. Try a little a little love and remember… When you point fingers 3 are pointing back at you

          • kodster says:

            Actually, this is a reply to Kevin… the condition to get into heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and then repent from your sins. Without Jesus Christ, you won’t get into heaven, no matter what. You can repent from your sins, and yes, you’re right, none of us are perfect, we ALL sin, but the pass is accepting Jesus Christ into your life.

            So, the homosexuals who accept Jesus Christ, and turn from their deviant lifestyle (which God specifically spells out as abominant and a sin), those are the ones that will enter heaven. So, there will be homosexuals who enter into heaven, but ones that repent from that lifestyle and accept Jesus Christ.

            I applaud Nathan for opening the door for reconciliation between the LGBA members and Christians. That’s the first step. The next step is for those in the lifestyle to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and wake up to the Word telling them that their lifestyle is a sin, an abomination to Him. Accepting Jesus Christ opens their ears, their eyes, their minds and their hearts to Him, and the Holy Spirit telling them it’s wrong, and to help them leave it.

          • Kelli says:

            While you may THINK this is the truth, there are others out there who don’t agree. In fact, I don’t agree. I am a homosexual and I have not although i accepted Jesus Christ as a young girl, I no longer believe in religion. In fact, when I did ‘accept’ him into my life, I realized nothing had changed other than the perception that I would now be accepted into heaven. For you, it may be different, and I hope it is considering how you’re preaching so to others. There are many different religions throughout the world, and don’t you think it’s ironic that most people choose the religion their parents and grandparents and neighbors choose? Maybe the religion that you choose is based upon where you are geographically. You are born into religion and never question what is is you’ve been taught. And to say that God believes our actions of our sexuality to be an abomination and a sin isn’t for you to decide. The Bible has been interpreted by many people who have many opposing views. So, no one knows exactly what God meant by what he said or whether it pertained to just that incident within the book.

            I’m living my life and I’d like for you to just live yours. Don’t judge me and explain what I need, because quite frankly, I’m the only person who knows what I need. I live morally and honestly. Does it really make sense that God wouldn’t let me into heaven just because I didn’t accept Jesus? I mean, that’s pretty egotistical if you ask me. Yet, rapists, murderers, thieves, those are the people that can get into heaven so long as they accept Mr. JC. Wow. That seems like a pretty out of date and f*cked up way to handle the entrances into Heaven.

          • William Hilton says:

            Amazing that someone claiming to be a Christian on these posts used “God” and “hate” in the same sentance. Why do so very many “Christains” want to believe that God is so hateful, mean, and unforgiving? God is an all loving God and he made us in his image. Did you get that? God made us!!! God doesnt make trash and God doesnt hate. Maybe your the one that needs to dust that bible off and do some reading. I despise hearing so called Christains insinuate that they know God any better than any of the rest of us sinners. I guess you think he loves you more too, right? Climb out from under that rock and open your eyes, maybe then you could read that bible and realize that God is LOVE not HATE

        • elly sugar says:

          sorry dude but you are wrong! that guy was right on the money!

          • Kelli says:

            And who are you to decide who’s right or wrong? If I’m not mistaken, you’re not ‘God’? Are you? Okay, yeah, I didn’t think so.

          • Underwood says:

            Most asuradly an inflamed topic. I will not write about my beliefes, not about how credible I belive this god to be, not even about my own experiences or views. What I will say is that we have lost sight of what really matters. That is open to define for yourselves. Live and let live, they say, so let it be. Chill the fuck out, people. I will also say that there are many other gods who were around before Jesus Christ was even an idea; Mithra, for one, was around before even Christianity was a concept dreamt up by people trying to justify thier actions and the happenings of nature. Lightning, at one point, was viewed as an action by the gods.

        • Buzz says:

          I wish I was bisexual. That way, I could get laid more. But, alas, I am a straight man. Not by choice, but by design. I’m a terrible sinner. I do very naughty things and I still love Jesus and he loves me. He is my older brother, my attorney in the next world and lastly, the one that gave me such a huge libido.

          If loving ladies is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I don’t think Jesus is wrong though.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I’m sorry, but as a woman who was raised Christian and has read and studied the bible, you’re the one who isn’t representing Jesus or Christ or Christianity.

        I would appreciate it if all the people who think that Jesus taught anything other than love, acceptance, tolerance would stop calling themselves Christian. Get a new name, you’re marring ours. Jesus spoke out AGAINST bigotry, AGAINST hatred, AGAINST prejudice. To use his name to preach any of these things is a horrible affront to him and to his name.

        If the Tea Partiers can find a new name for themselves besides Republicans then bigots who pretend to be Christians can to. Might I suggest Leviticans. John Scalzi came up with it, I think it’s perfect.

        • Jason says:

          God is Love…not hate. Stop the hating and judgement, Liz. It’s time to open your heart, not preach from your mind. Much Love and blessings to you. Jason

          • tony says:

            God is HOLY and God is a judge, and he judged Sodom by burnignt he inhabitants alive with fire and brimstone. Gods love is reserved for the obedient. Not proud sinners who flaunt their sin in ”pride parades”

        • kristina says:

          It is not our place to judge no matter what the sin. That is the job of our Lord and Savior. Take a break from His job for awhile, just love thy neighbor. Don’t worry about judging anyone who is gay or even straight. In the end, we are all judged for our own faults whether gay, a lair, a cheater, a thief…
          Let our Father be the judge.

          • Mike says:

            Just Curious, are you saying that we are to be Christians without telling the world that God hates sin? Reason I asked is because

            1 Peter 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

            1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

            I’m not taking those out of context, just put key verses for the sake of length.

          • tony says:

            maybe shut up and crack a Bible part of loving your neighbor is judging him in righteousness: Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
            Lev 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

      • Skip says:

        It amazes me how hateful people can be toward the lost souls of the world. No one was apologizing for calling homosexuality a sin. They were apologizing for the self-righteous zealots who openly ridicule and act more like Islamic Terrorists, than they do Christ. Which sin is worse; a lost person committing a homosexual act, or a saved person treating another human being, for whom Christ died, with venom and hatred?

        • Benjo says:

          I don’t see any group outside of Westboro Baptist hurling vitriol at LGBTs in the name of Christianity. That said, it really is no ones business what people do behind closed doors. Herein lies the issue. When you make your sexual orientation your most identifiable characteristic, I think that it demeans your very existence. I’m not “Joe the Hetero” who likes to make people the old fashioned way. I’m just a person. My LGBT friends whom I respect most happen to be older, “old school gays”, they’re accomplished professionals, you would only know of their sexual orientation by being a personal friend. They not only hold great faith, but would be the first people that I would want in a foxhole with me in battle…tough as nails sort of folk. My roundabout point is that your sexuality doesn’t become my business until you make it my business. If a person’s sexuality is their defining personal characteristic, then I grieve for them…there is so much more to life.

          • Sonja says:

            I can actually think of a couple reasons of why these guys are dancing in their underwear and, quite frankly, “flaunting” their sexuality.

            1. I went to a training session for people who wanted to be “Safe Spaces” for queer folks on my campus. One of the things we learned was the process of identity formation for queer people, starting from Identity Confusion (“Am I gay?”) all the way to Identity Synthesis (“Being gay is a part of me, not all of me.”) These guys in their underwear are probably at the level called Identity Pride, where as part of coming to terms with their gay identity, they overvalue their gayness and undervalue heterosexuality. It’s their way of accepting who they are. It happens to a lot of gay people, really. By the time we’re into our thirties and older, that’s calmed down, but when we’re young and have only been out for a few years, being crazy about it is a way of accepting ourselves.

            2. Pride is a response to a culture that tells us to be ashamed of who we are. Not just for being gay, either. American culture has so much body shame that seeing nudity on TV or in films is considered shocking or titillating, rather than “Oh look, a human body.” At Pride, all of those barriers break down. We stand up and say “WE WILL NOT BE ASHAMED OF WHO WE ARE.” Part of that is celebrating our bodies as beautiful things. These guys are probably dancing in their underwear to look sexy, yeah, but it’s a celebration of sexuality as a part of being human, rather than shuttering it away and not talking about it. There’s nothing shameful about the body and sexuality. :)

      • Nae says:

        Al you are right but we have to remember that God Loves Everyone and Jesus did hang out with sinners, to help them change. I think it is sad that people will pick what parts of the bible to live by. GOD, NOT I, says it clearly in Romans Ch.1 and 2 how he feels about this. I don’t judge them but, they are listen to the devils lies.God says many will be fooled and they will be smart people (to smart for their on good). All we can do is pray for all sinners that includes us too. Never stop standing up for
        God :)

      • Ray says:

        I would like to see you point out ONE scripture in the bible where Jesus referenced homosexualism.

        • janine says:

          leviticus 20:13
          romans 1:26-27

          among some others.. but as a christian.. i doubt some of the validity of some parts of the Bible only because it was written in a time of little scientific knowledge among other issues..

          • Stephen says:

            The question was “point out ONE scripture in the bible where Jesus referenced homosexualism.”. Jesus was not around in Levitcus or Romans. One is a book of old testament Jewish law and the other was written by Paul. Try again.

          • Bryce says:

            Janine, those are not replies of Jesus whatsoever. Moses wrote the Levitical laws and Paul wrote the epistles to the Romans. And what those verses really pertain to is temple prostitution and fertility worship, which are styles of idol worship. I would invite you read the bible from the historical and cultural context it was written. It is amazing you can pull that Levitical law up to support your case, in case if you still have periods, you are considered unclean for 8 days. BTW…I Cor 14:34-35, Paul advised the women were not allowed to talk about church affairs without asking their husbands first…did you ask your husband when you pulled up that Levitical law? I have got one for you: II Tim 2:15…ask your husband what it means first…love you in Christ!!

          • Jonno says:

            So interesting that many Christians point to Leviticus when condemning homosexuality as a sin, when it clearly wasn’t that big an issue – referenced in just 2 verses (18:22 and 20:13). Whole chapters of Leviticus deal with burnt offerings to the Lord; whatever happened to that?

            Homosexuality gets more or less equal billing to shrimps (Lev 11:10 – 12) as an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

        • Sara says:

          In chapter 15 of Matthew Jesus talks about how sexual immorality makes us unclean. In that passage, he is taking to Jews who would have defined sexual immorality by the law, which includes homosexuality. When Jesus came he talked to Jews and not Gentiles, which is probably part of the reason why he talks so much about divorce and not homosexuality or many other sexual sins in a specific manner. That homosexuality is wrong was a no brainer. It was in the law and the very definition of marriage by Jews starts with gender (including Jesus in the chapter I referenced above).

          That being said, I think what these people did is great. We in the church don’t handle homosexuality well because it is not a sin a lot of us identify with and it’s easy to classify gays as “other” instead of human sinners just like ourselves.

        • tony says:

          Asking for scripture where Jesus specifially said homosex is sin is a strawman. Jesus didn’t say a lot of things. He didn’t say anything about incest for example . It’s what he DID say that counts. He said to ”flee fornication”. He also described the one proper sexual situation which is called marrage. Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
          Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
          Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

        • tony says:

          Asking for scritures where Jesus specifically said homosex is sin is a strawman. There are a lot of things Jesus didnt say . It is what he DID say that is important. He said to ”flee fornication”. He also described the one sexual situation that is acceptable; marrage between one man and ne woman, for life. Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
          Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
          Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

      • James George says:

        Of course their will always be Christians who need to bloat their own ego and feel superior to others and commit their own sin of not removing the log in their own eye. More lawsuits need to be filed against these Churches that continue to promote their own brand of hatred, by appealing to peoples egos and need and desire to feel superior over others in order to grow their membership. The Blood of the thousands of Gay Teen deaths is on their hands and they need to be held accountable for this fact of reality.

        • tony says:

          God set the standards and no matter ow many laws you pass you will not change them. And you will NOT silence the Church of Jesus Christ. God himself said that it is a detestable sin that will ruin your life , damn your soul and doom the nation. God himself put the stigma on it and you will not remove it. The blood of those kids who commit suicide and every sodomite who dies of aids etc is on YOUR hands because you failed in your duty to your fellow man to warn him to OBEY GOD and flee fornication and instead encouraged , condoned promoted and defended a filthy abominable SIN.

          • David says:

            Your god does not set the laws for this nation. Not every American is a christian or even believes in god. Your religion is dying out anyway the more people become educated to just how much BS it is. You can believe what you want in private but your beliefs have no bearing on the secular lives of the people. Neither is your hate and ignorance welcome here. Your ignorance is what is vile and detestable here not homosexuals just because your vile book says so.

          • tony says:

            David said:Your god does not set the laws for this nation. Not every American is a christian or even believes in god. Your religion is dying out anyway the more people become educated to just how much BS it is. You can believe what you want in private but your beliefs have no bearing on the secular lives of the people. Neither is your hate and ignorance welcome here. Your ignorance is what is vile and detestable here not homosexuals just because your vile book says so.

            Gods laws supercede mans laws. You are not educated-you are delusional if you think that you can defy Gods law and escape damnation. the Scripture is crystal clear- it dosnt matter how much polotical clout you gather or how many petitions you sign or how many people you get to agree with you, or how many sissy fits you have and threaten suicide, If you live that way it will ruin your life and damn your soul and God will judge you along with the nation that embraces you. God set the standards and they will not change , Homosexuslity is a vile unnatural detestable filthy abominable sin.

          • David says:

            The only vile unnatural detestable filthy abominable ‘sin’ is you, Tony. You and your insecure hatred and that hate filled book you hide behind. I would not be surprised if the real reason you find homosexuals so vile, unnatural, detestable and filthy is because deep down inside – in the places of your being you’re too afraid to go – you see yourself in other gay men. Secretly your heart burns with the same desires and that terrifies you so much to think you might be the same as what you claim to reject. I’m an atheist and I do not believe in your god or your holy book of lies but even so I don’t hate you. I can’t hate you I only feel sorry for you and all the others like you.

          • tony says:

            The only vile unnatural detestable filthy abominable ‘sin’ is you, Tony. You and your insecure hatred and that hate filled book you hide behind. I would not be surprised if the real reason you find homosexuals so vile, unnatural, detestable and filthy is because deep down inside – in the places of your being you’re too afraid to go – you see yourself in other gay men. Secretly your heart burns with the same desires and that terrifies you so much to think you might be the same as what you claim to reject. I’m an atheist and I do not believe in your god or your holy book of lies but even so I don’t hate you. I can’t hate you I only feel sorry for you and all the others like you.

            God set the standards and you cannot change them so forget it. He said it is a abomination a word which means detestable and filthy.

            Your words, your attempt at accusing me of being homosexual reveal the loathing you have for your sin. You know it is vile and detestable or you wouldnt use it as an attempt to insult me. You hate yourself, you hate God and you hate me for speaking the truth. God hates you

          • Tristan says:

            You remind me of a Westboro baptist idiot. I really hope you wake up and take your head out of your ass. You don’t even know your god exist 100% and fully, therefore you cannot prove anything, or anything written in the bible. ALMOST EVERYTHING in the bible contradicts itself.. truly.

          • tony says:

            you filthy faggot. you got poop on your face

          • Tristan says:

            You remind me of a Westboro baptist idiot. I really hope you wake up and take your head out of your ass. You don’t even know your god exists 100% and fully, therefore you cannot prove anything, or anything written in the bible. ALMOST EVERYTHING in the bible contradicts itself.. truly.

          • tony says:

            and youre obviously a faggot – talking about things ”up the ass”

      • janine says:

        Al..
        These people weren’t apologizing on behalf of Jesus. Yes your right Jesus wouldn’t apologize and Jesus didn’t do anything wrong. The people who have follow Christ now have degraded homosexuals.. A lot don’t just try and save them, they ridicule them and condemn them. And God has told us over and over again, we are not supposed to judge, only HE can judge. Our jobs as Christians is to love our neighbor no matter if a sinner or not.
        If we judge, we are saying we are perfect and thus calling ourselves god, which is an even greater sin. Yes, we can show people the wrong of there ways but we do it with LOVE not HATE… And in the end their walk with God is nothing but their own. The judgement of God and an individual’s walk with God is there own, not YOURS.

        This story is beautiful.. It shows what God really called us all to do. These Christians are not agreeing with what these men and women do, they are simply saying no one should judge you since that is not our jobs as Christians to do. They simply are apologizing for the wrong some “chrisitans” have done in the past maybe they have done as well.. We should only love..

        • BB says:

          If anyone thinks we are not supposed to judge then you haven’t studied the Bible. We are to constantly judge by God’s standards. If a thief wants my kid to go commit a crime with him shouldn’t I tell my son that is not a person to associate with for safety reasons? Or do I say nothing? If I tell my son to stay away from that person so he won’t get into trouble, haven’t I judged the thief by his actions? Is this wrong or smart? But what does the Bible say?

          1 Cor 5
          9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer[j] yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

          12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.

          • Raz says:

            the verses you refer to are in reference to those IN the church. All of the letters to Corinth are to those already in the church that Paul setup earlier. He was made aware of their struggles and allowance of ‘Christians’ committing those sins mentioned and everyone IN the church turning a blind eye. As a Christian we should help other Christians when they stray. Paul writes, if it is necessary then they can be cast out, if they do not repent. That would be an extreme case like this in Corinth.
            We are NOT to judge or condem those outside of the church, for they may not know they are sinning. Bring them to Jesus with love, he will change their heart, not us.

        • tony says:

          God himself put the stigma on that vile sin. He called it abomination, detestable filthy, depraved, reprobate,and unnatural. The thing the church should be apologising for is not correctly portraying Gods point of view. IE; He rained down fire and brimstone and roasted the inhabitants of Sodom alive. The Church failed in their duty to remind this nation of SODOM and to warn you that it is a sin that will ruin your life, damn your soul and doom the nation.

      • Tray says:

        How do you know what Jesus would have done? You only know what people who never knew him have written about him. He never published his memoires or a book of philosophy. It is nothing less than ridiculous to say you know how a rabbi from 2000years ago would have reacted at Gay Pride. Some followers love to envision him as all loving and forgiving while others have been guilty of heinous behavior in the name of Jesus from the crusades to modern day. It would be refreshing to see people treating each other with kindness and respect in the name of humanity. Religion does not mend it separates.

      • sincerely says:

        I agree with you because you say he would forgive if they repent that does not disclude love but extends it eve though some can’t comprehend that.

      • Francis says:

        God’s kindness leads to repentance..Romans 2:4

      • tony says:

        Everyones always talking about WWJD, well- lets see what ‘DID’ Jesus do. Jesus rained down fire and brimstone and roasted the inhabitants of Sodom ALIVE with fire and brimstone. The only thing christians should be apologising for is not preaching HARDER agaisnt this destestable sin and warning this evil nation that it is a sin that will ruin your life, damn your soul, and doom the nation. They should apologise for the fact that the example of Sodom and Gommorah was not on their lips.
        Eze 16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

      • Larry says:

        And, Al, you are the epitomy of Christianity. You are deciding who God should have created. And you are why those of us who belive in God no longer want to be called Christians.God Bless You, Al.

      • Jesus would be ashamed of the anti-gay bigotry of most ‘Christians’.
        Jesus, himself, was gay: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/apr/20/was-jesus-gay-probably?CMP=twt_gu

        • tony says:

          Jesus hates fags, he rained down fire and brimstone aand burned the feces-eating fudge-packers and their enablers alive in Sodom and Gommorah.

          • Kelli says:

            And describing homosexuals as feces-eating fudge packers just proves your ignorance (and I’m just being polite by not calling you stupid). I am a homosexual. I do not eat feces. And I also don’t pack fudge. I eat edible foods and make love to my girlfriend. You probably commit sin yourself, and who’s to say that mine (even though I don’t consider it a sin), is worse than yours? In your eyes? God. So let’s leave it at that :)

      • Abraham says:

        The church should be sorry. Yes homosexuality is widely regarded by the church in general as a sin, but so is lying, divorce, cussing and so on. Until we treat each sin as equal, we don’t hold any moral high ground. Sometimes i feel the church has double standards. It’s okay to divorce your husband, but not okay for people to be gay? It’s time to take a look at ourselves in the mirror and see whether we’re guilty of zooming in on one particular sin just because it is easy to. Divorce within the church? Oh that’s hard to deal with, let’s just rein our hatred on these gays. That’s crap to me. Jesus wouldn’t at all be pleased with the way we’re living today. This article (and movement) is simply awesome, and it will be shared with the Christians here in Singapore. Thank you for taking this stand. Everyone deserves to be loved.

        • tony says:

          all sin is NOT equal. Homosexuality is a particuarly henious sin in the eys of God – for which he destroyed the whole earth with a flood and raind down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gommorah killed tens of thousands in Gibeah. Poinitng the finger at adultery cussing(sic) etc does not lessen the sin of homosexuslaity. Why should the church be sorry for answering you when you parade in the public square and proclaim that you re proud of your sin and flaunt it before God and the whole world. Im not apologising , God HATES fags

          • Kelli says:

            Thank GOD there are more people with good morals and that lack ignorance, than people like you. Also, I would suggest not speaking on behalf of God, considering that he would most likely appoint someone less judgmental with more compassion, to do that.

    • Bryce says:

      They do not need to drag any priests there…they were being priests!! Priests of the most high…giving the utmost love, compassion, and remorse!! They did not wait on a priest to represent them, they became the high priests they were called to be for the sake of Christ the Spirit!!

  2. Michael says:

    Judge not, lest ye be judged. Very Nice expression of love and apologies.

    • itsnotaboutus says:

      Wow! How did you get appointed spokesperson for Jesus?

      • Gary says:

        perhaps they read the entire bable and not just the lines they wish to quote – Jesus hung with prostitutes and street people – how many of today’s Christians can say they have done the same – remember who Jesus ran out of his father’s house – it wasn’t the street people – it was the “Sunday Christians” that thought they controleed the church and what it was. Just saying!

        • Gary says:

          OOPS – Bible!

        • Dion says:

          Hi Gary! Its a pity the accompanying story does not indicate whether the entire crowd went to church that day where they would have (hopefully) been told that homosexuality and its related sins are sin before and against God! While so many people are ready to shout: “Don’t judge…!” they themselves judge those who are busy doing what God has said every real Biblical Christian should do, and that is to tell others not to sin and to repent and turn away from sin! Whose side are you on Gary, God’s side or do you wish to score point with “friends” here and now? There will come a day, when God will put an end to all that is now, and on that day you too will stand before the one and only God and you will have to face Him alone while He will judge ALL those who did not take a stand against this scourge (homosexuality) which He never approved; He will never approve thereof Gary and neither should you and those who seem to value their own opinions more than what God’s Word (the Bible) says about sin. I’ll be praying for you too.

          • missy says:

            Just thought to remind everyone that the all powerful bible is only a combination of stories that a group of people decided to publish as the “word of God”. It is not written by him and it is missing a lot information and most likely missing those stories that would refute much of what people are arguing about! Just a remindered that your all following the ideas of man not God!

        • tony says:

          Jesus did not hang out with prostitutes etc. that is exctly what the pharasees accused him of and he answerd them “He said the sick need a physician”. He was eating and they came to him, He didnt go to a sodomite parade. He was with them in his capacity as a healer and physician.

  3. Bridgette says:

    I’m very happy with this group of people. Props to them, being willing to step up and do the opposite of what I have seen a lot of Christians do and say. Reading this, I’m happy to be able to say I’m a Christian- knowing that I’m not the only one who thinks that everyone deserves acceptance and reconciliation. I don’t agree with their lifestyles, but I would by no means should degrading insults at them. Homosexuals are also God’s creation- their life choices make them no less beautiful.

    • Traci says:

      I agree with this completely.

    • James George says:

      Our “Lifestyles” are no different then yours. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” Not just sanctimonious groups claiming to speak for God. This is an epic Logic fail as Straight people engage in the exact same behaviors, but the entire group is not demonized in the case of straight people. I.e. some straight people use Meth, so therefore ALL straight people are drug addicts… epic logic fail.

      Although I personally hold the ignorant view of religion for the very reason that many Gay Men engage in self destructive lifestyle choices in a direct response to the Hate we all feel from our society and just want out of here. Nothing like living in a world that hates you.

      • Sara says:

        James- we Christians do live in a world that hates us. Jesus told us again and again that the world hates him and will hate us. Right now Christians are the most persected group in the world, we just have it cushy here in the West and are spending too much of our time trying to protect our rights instead of sacrificing ourselves like Christ did. We are human and we become scared and loose sight of eternity.

        I am sorry that we Christians have handled homosexuality in such a reactive way. You and I are the same. We are both sinners who need Christ.

  4. Presly Deen Hollingsworth says:

    I wish that I had a way of thanking this group. Just that it happened brought tears to my old, hard-ass eyes. We so need to hear from decent Christians, enough that they can be heard over the mindless roar of the so-called xtian extremists.

    • Adam says:

      Best way to thank them is to follow their example and show the same level of love for people in your community.

    • Mary says:

      Agreed Presly Deen! I have felt so many times over the past 20 years that the Christian faith that I have known and loved as a child has been stolen from me by those with political and hate-filled agendas. I am reminded of why I love Jesus and the example of love and acceptance that he set.

    • tony says:

      these faux christians are hating thier fellow man by encouraging and condoning sin. If they truly loved you they would REBUKE you and warn you that God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah for this detestable sin. The church should apologise for remaining silent so long on this issue.

      • Eric says:

        Tony, you’re an ignorant ass. If you actually READ the Bible, as I have,you’d know Sodom was destroyed for RAPE, NOT HOMOSEXUALITY.

        But oops, THAT GOES AGAINST YOUR OPINION. So, never mind, just ignore me. The bible is NOT set in stone. It was a political tool when it was translated by men. Have fun in Hell.

        • tony says:

          Tony, you’re an ignorant ass. If you actually READ the Bible, as I have,you’d know Sodom was destroyed for RAPE, NOT HOMOSEXUALITY.

          But oops, THAT GOES AGAINST YOUR OPINION. So, never mind, just ignore me. The bible is NOT set in stone. It was a political tool when it was translated by men. Have fun in Hell.

          Yes Thats why when someone commits a rape we call them a sodomite- oops wait , thats not it. a Sodomite is a filthy homo. Nice try!
          Ignorance means not knowing and unfortunately for you I do know what the scripture says , it says that Sodom was destroyed because they went after strange flesh, meaning men fornicating with men.Jud 1:7. God Hates Fags.

          • Kelli says:

            Tony, you should really read this article , because to be very honest, I think it’s talking about you. You’re not even worth arguing with, you clearly think that what you says is truth regardless of what anyone else might say.

          • tony says:

            you are right , I could care less if you and the whole world say that its ok to be gay. God says its a detestable unnatural sin and those who engage in it are worthy of death

          • Kelli says:

            Worthy of death? Wow. You really are a hate-filled, ignorant, judgmental person. I highly doubt your God would want you to spend eternity with him/her/it. I’ve been in a homosexual relationship for 5 years and we are madly in love. Two women, planning on spending our lives together. This, in no way, affects you. What it does, is allows me to be me and still share love with someone, as opposed to pretending I like men and hating “fags” (as you call us) just to hide my gayness. Stop hiding Tony, it’s okay to be gay ;)

          • tony says:

            Kelly, perhaps you should crack a Bible , its GOD who says they are worthy of death. Not only them , but you for condoning and encourging it:Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

          • Kelli says:

            First of all, my name is spelled KELLI. You would think that would have been easy for you to figure out seeing as it says my name on my post. Secondly, I have cracked open a Bible. In fact, I studied religion in college and read both the Bible and the Qur’an, along with many other religious books that brought insight to many of the world’s religions. You seem to be taking the scripture too literally, though I’m not shocked by that because, only people who don’t think for themselves interpret the Bible incorrectly. I feel bad for you quite honestly.

        • tony says:

          Eric

          Yes thats why when someone commits rape we call them a sodomite. oops wait thats not what sodomite means. it means a filthy fag! Nice try , but unfortunately for you I am not ignorant of the what the Bible teaches. It clearly states that sodom was destroyed for faggotry. Jude 1:7.
          Forget it , youre not gonna turn 4000 years of history upside down to support your agenda. God hates you.

  5. Alexandra says:

    This is beautiful. People who are persecuted against for whatever reason should be the primary concern of any true christian, not to be judged but to be loved unconditionally.

    Jesus said ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’- all the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who have suffered under the scornful judgement of the “church” are blessed. I am a christian and in my eyes I believe gay people are very special as they have battles to face that I can never fully understand or appreciate. Whether or not I agree with other peoples choice is irrelevant. We are more than the people we choose to sleep with- we are all part of creation, and we need to look into our hearts before we judge others.

    Peace and love!

    • Steph says:

      Thank you. Your response is as beautiful as the outreach in the article.

    • itsnotaboutus says:

      OK, I get the it’s not for us to judge thing. However, since when does refrain from judging equate to condoning and promulgating people parading around in public in their underwear touting as Christian behavior indiscriminate unmarried fornication of men with men and women with women and for that matter even public sexual between unmarried heterosexuals? What’s next: are we going to embrace all the topless nude dancers and prostitutes and declare their behavior “Christ-like”? All the people who are touting such behavior as being representative of Christianity and of Jesus’s will must be smoking the panty hose these guys wear! I don’t think it’s up to us to decide what Jesus’s opinion is on compliance with the gay pride participants. You condemn Christians for being judgemental of gays but in the same breath you proclaim your opinion of what Jesus’ judgement is on gays. There is a bit of an oxymoron in this scenario.

      Am I missing something here? Have any of you who are declaring public support for wanton sexual promiscuity Christ like behavior ever read the Bible?

      • Tim says:

        Yes, I have read the bible and I think that you are missing the part where Jesus loves and accept people with flaws. Mary Magdalene was a prostitute but Jesus still loved her. We were not put here to judge others and to tell others what to believe we are here to teach the word of the lord and hope that others can make their own decisions about it. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I don’t think you are without sin. Neither am I. So until we fix our own problems, we should stop telling others how to act.

        • Laura says:

          Good job Tim!

        • Patrick says:

          Nice Tim- Some people just are so filled with hate they will never see the soul in other people

        • Mary says:

          Tim you have beautiful thoughts about loving other! Thank you! Most theologians have discounted the myth that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. She was a financial supporter of Jesus and his Disciples, and Jesus healed her of seven demons; nowhere does it say any demons were of a sexual nature. Whatever her demons were, I think it is a wonderful thing that she was freed from them. Once again thank you for your thoughts!

        • Al says:

          Actually, we are told not to judge unless we understand we’ll be judged with the same measuring stick. If I tell you your homosexuality is wrong, it’s not me judging you, it’s God’s Word. You also need to know, Jesus would NEVER apologize for His standards. He loves these people enough–all people enough– that He calls us to REPENT of our sin, and to “Go, and sin no more.” Embracing and accepting this lifestyle is in direct contradiction of God’s Word. Read Romans chapter 1 to see how God REALLY feels about this.

          • becky says:

            Well said Al. Jesus is all loving but also just when it comes to any sin. Our sexuality is His not our own.

        • Mary says:

          Jesus didn’t tell Mary Magdeline to continue in her sins. He told her to not continue living as she was. God is against homosexuality as He is against other sins. We are to love everyone, but we are also to be a light to the darkness in this world and lead others to Christ. I see nothing in the display this “Christian” group did that would lead those who practice homosexuality to Christ. It was more like they were condoning and accepting it as okay. It is not judging someone to show them what is God’s way. It is a Christian’s obligation.

          • Josh says:

            Mary – “I’m judging you. Want to come to church with me this Sunday?”

            Me – “No thanks!”

            Jesus – “Good job Mary. Way to scare him off.” :(

            GOD – “JC. Shut up Mary.”

            Mary – “I’m sorry.”

            GOD – “I forgive you.”

        • Lee says:

          Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, then she met Jesus, repented of her sinful ways, and chose to follow him. Whenever Jesus met a sinner, he called them to repent and follow him. Of course he loves all sinners, but he does not abide sin. You cannot be a christian, and not have your life changed.

      • Laura says:

        Yes, you are missing something here. No one is saying that the act of homosexuality is not a sin. The message is that the church has misrepresented God in the treatment of homosexuals by going to these parades and holding up signs that say that God hates them. This group is trying to counteract that hateful message.

      • Daniel says:

        I should state first that I am not a christian, I am also not a homosexual. But I want to say that what these people did was not condoning these peoples behaviors or even their sexual preference. What these people did was say “I will accept you, I will love you, REGARDLESS of your faults.” If Jesus was real, and if he was the son of God, and if he is who the bible shows him to be, then this is exactly what he would have done. Who are you to say that what they do in their parade is acceptable behavior? Isn’t that judging? You don’t have to like what they do to accept who they are. The one thing I loved the most about this, is that for once, ONCE, these people didn’t preach. They showed what a true christian should be through their actions. Those actions spoke way louder than any words ever could have. Like I said, I am not a christian, but I have gained a little respect, and maybe even a little hope, for the church. I hope that more peoples eyes are opened to this.

        On a side not, If no sin is bigger than another, then your sins are just as horrible as theirs. If you can accept the sins and faults of the other members of your churches and loved ones, then for the love of God learn to do the same for those people whose sins scare you. Don’t try to throw you beliefs at them, be who you are as a christian, love them, treat them like any friend should, and let them see what it is like to be one of you. LEARN FROM THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE!

      • CrowleysGhost says:

        “Am I missing something here? Have any of you who are declaring public support for wanton sexual promiscuity Christ like behavior ever read the Bible?”

        Are you missing something? Yes, it’s a small thing but it’s called the point. The whole point of Nathan’s blog post was not about declaring support, it was about reconciliation. I believe he mentions it a couple of times. Nathan and his friends attended the Pride rally to say they were sorry for behaviour they have since realised is plain wrong. That is, to judge others.

        As for wanton sexual promiscuity, what a lovely antiquated stereotype. I know gay men and women and I know straight men and women. I can’t say that one group seems any more wantonly sexually promiscuous than the other. Well, apart from politicians, that is. It’s strange to still hear this stereotype popping up from, probably, the same set of people who don’t want gay couples to have the same rights as straight couples when it comes to getting married and settling down.

      • Yawefas says:

        Did Adam and Eve even wear underwear? People need to quit being so uncomfortable about the human body. I agree, male genitalia is not the most pleasing thing to look at, but isn’t this world is full of unpleasantries? We just have to look the other way.

    • tony says:

      pffft You pervert the scriptures. The poor in spirit are those who are sorrowful and mourn for their sin. These people are out in the street flaunting their proud sin. There is no comfort in scripture for them – only the reminder of SODOM.

  6. AllSeasonRadial says:

    Deepest respect and best wishes for all who made this possible. Maybe— just maybe— the world isn’t really going to hell in a handbasket.

  7. Codeman says:

    SO… When you vehemently state that “However, I think Jesus would have hugged him too. It’s exactly what I read throughout scripture: Jesus hanging out with people that religious people would flee from.” Does that imply that Jesus would hug, love and accept a Muslim, a Buddhist, etc…?

    • Andy Traub says:

      Yes, I think Jesus would hang out with Muslims etc. Hanging out with and loving someone from another faith is certainly a better alternative than NOT hanging out with them. How was Jesus supposed to spread His love and His message if He didn’t hang out with people who DIDN’T agree with Him.

      Thoughts?

      • Laura says:

        Well said. I think that is a point that has been missed by many. No one will ever be able to show the love of Christ to non believers by bashing them over the head with the Bible.

    • mike.d says:

      I have two responses to your reply.

      #1- First off, naming these other religions makes it sound like you think members of those religions are among the worst of the worst on this planet. “Even THEM?!” just comes off as incredibly uneducated and intolerant towards other religions.

      #2- YES! He would absolutely hang out with Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, or members of any other religion you might find repulsive. Bottom line is that there are no groups of people that we read about Jesus alienating himself from. And we have the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament, but Jesus himself left his followers only 1 command: “This is my commandment: that you love one another.” This article, this show of contrition and love is exactly the sort of empathy we read about Christ showing. The judgmental, pushy, arrogant animosity against gays, members of other religions, and anyone else the church would label ‘the lost’… that is NOT a description that fits the Christ we read about.

      MAJOR props to this group for portraying such a visual and proactive display of the only command Jesus left us: ‘love one another’.

      • Joyce says:

        You are right that’s what Jesus said, but in context it is like this:

        From John 15:
        “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit (Galatians 5 – the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.”

        And Mtthew 22:
        “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    • itsnotaboutus says:

      I’m pretty sure that the people you speak of that Jesus hung out with came to Him not to Allah, Budha or John Smith of the Mormon Church! He said in Scripture no one gets to the Father except through me!

      • Nina says:

        On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

        26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

        27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

        28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

        29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

        30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

        36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

        37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

        Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

      • unaffiliated says:

        itsnotaboutus: Allah is just another word for God. The Muslim God is the same as the Christian/Catholic God, just as it is the same as the Jewish God. Christians call Him the Holy Spirit. Muslim, Allah. Jews, Yahweh. Before you start spewing judgment about others, maybe work on the ignorance a bit more?

        • Sara says:

          While we share monotheism, the Muslim God is very different. He is not a personal God and your salvation isn’t secure. That’s why I chose Jesus.

        • tony says:

          We know the God of the Bible by his attributes. God sent his son to redeem his people, the jews first and then all men. The god of mohammed and the koran is a murderous devil who calls for the extermination of the jews. Mohammed was not of God and was not a prophet. He was a murderous , incestious , adulterous, pedophile.

    • CrowleysGhost says:

      “Does that imply that Jesus would hug, love and accept a Muslim, a Buddhist, etc…?”

      I believe that is EXACTLY what the parable of The Good Samaritan was meant to show. As are the tales of his embracing lepers, tax collectors and prostitutes. All the people rejected by normal society at that time.

      Buddhists, by the way, live life according to a philosophy rather than a set of religious beliefs. As far as I can tell, none of this philosophy is contrary to Christianity.

      • Sara says:

        Right on about the good Samaritan! You could say he was being a better Jew than the Jews. But Buddism does conflict with Christanity. It rejects God and denys goodness (desire results in suffering) while Christians say that creation is good. Also, Buddism says we are reincarnated while Christanity says we live once and are then judged. That’s not to say there is no truth in Buddism, but to follow it will lead you away from the ultimate truth, which is God.

  8. Bobby Hilburn says:

    Thank you.

  9. city says:

    Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately some uninformed people speak on behalf of their Church and cause a lot of harm. But they are not necessarily The Church. I admire this Christian group who are representing their Church admirably, and who represent the views of many. Jesus spoke clearly, “Love others as you would have others love you”.

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  11. Nardz says:

    @Codeman: you said “Jesus hanging out with people that religious people would flee from.” Does that imply that Jesus would hug, love and accept a Muslim, a Buddhist, etc…?”

    Muslims and Buddhists are religious people..whether you see it that way or not..you should’t discriminate other peoples religions.

  12. Dan says:

    Great story. It is amazing what some humility can accomplish. While I do not believe the lifestyle is God honoring or Biblically defensible, I can respect people who disagree with me and you will never see me at a rally holding up hate signs or condoning people who do. I am fortunate to have friends and acquaintances of varying lifestyles all of whom are capable of having fruitful discussions and disagreeing in love.

    All that said, I would like add for the sake of those who tend to appeal to Jesus “eating with sinners” and other that “religious” people would flee from, that by doing so Jesus was not accepting or condoning their particular lifestyle or occupation. He was coming to to “the least of these” – by which is generally meant, all those who didn’t already think they had it all figured out (e.g. the pharisees, sadducees, etc.) – in order to call them to repentance. To repent is to change one’s mind, to do a 180 degree turn around. He was calling them to the Law of God when he appealed to “loving your neighbor as yourself,” he was not declaring that any and all behavior was justified. He was actually quoting from the very passages in the Old Testament that were directed to Israel, the covenant children of God, and commanding them to fulfill God’s Law. Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it (not do away with it).

    All of that to say, it is not a good argument to say that because Jesus would eat with all kinds of people, including the people the “religious” folks would avoid, that He was therefore somehow condoning or justifying their behavior. Quite the contrary, he was calling them to repentance in accordance with God’s Law. He loved people, but not as a way of justifying their behavior. He told them to “go and sin no more” and the people of the time would have known where to look to determine what was sin and what was not. The beauty of Christ is that He loved people that no one else loved because He knew that no one else was going to take love and forgiveness to those people. And for what it’s worth, we’re not just talking about people of differing sexual lifestyles. We’re talking about everybody! Because according to Jesus, adultery is not just sleeping around, but even looking at another person lustfully.

    The point is, that is not a good argument to use with people who are more Biblically literate, and for the sake of honesty and sincerity it should not be used at all. Jesus would eat with anyone, hug anyone, and so forth, but He would also call people to repent – to change their thinking, and to live a life according tot he Law of God which He cae to elaborate on and further define – not abolish – in places like the Sermon on the Mount, etc. That doesn’t mean anyone has to agree with him, or accept his call, but it’s not cool to misrepresent or partially represent him so that he fits desired mold.

  13. Laura says:

    Dan,
    With all do respect I don’t think you are understanding the point of the Christian group and their message at the parade. No one said they were accepting homosexual behavior as being Biblically correct. No one said they were condoning sin of any kind. The message is that we as “people” and especially as the “church” have no right to judge anyone and that includes homosexuals. Jesus ate with sinners in order to lead them to repentance as we Christians should do as well. One cannot be a good example and show the love of Christ unless they are loving toward sinners. Being loving and showing acceptace for another persons(even though they are sinners as we all are)does not mean you are condoning their sin. It is our job as Christians to show the love of Christ and lead by example, never to condemn, given that we are not without sin ourselves. Let those without sin cast the first stone. God Bless!

  14. Repentance says:

    I read all the points and replies in this article. I think everyone makes a case for their own point. I can see how easy it is to say the church or most Christians are judgmental but at the end of the day the truth is Christians and the church do not blame or judge the sinner just the sin itself. Yes we ARE all sinners and we have a lot to work on the difference is in the repentance which is what Jesus came here to teach and eventually to die for to give us a chance at the gift of life which available to all of us as sinners. While I respect and admire this groups effort to reach out and have the courage to seek acceptance and reconciliation they must not apologize for Christ work which is to seek repentance. Yes seek reconciliation with the sinner but accept not a way of life (the sin) that will not save your soul. While I agree that Christian most do more…don’t call them judgmental because they are doing not their work but that of the church and Christ. Do though advocate repentance to save as many souls as possible as Jesus has continually even in death done until his coming again. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Unfortunately in most cases the Truth really does hurt and we create our own life not Jesus plus we loose our way.

  15. [...] Christian Group Shows Up To Chicago Gay Pride Holding Apologetic Signs My favorite (encounter) was a gentleman who was dancing on a float. He was dressed solely in white underwear and had a pack of abs like no one else. As he was dancing on the float, he noticed us and jokingly yelled, “What are you sorry for? It’s pride!” I pointed to our signs and watched him read them. [...]

  16. Beth says:

    This really is awesome. I know what it’s like to be a Christian who’s young and dumb and insensitive and then grow up to realize that that’s not what Jesus wants — he wants us to love people and show them that he loves them too.

  17. Truth Sayer says:

    Good jobs guys. Have fun burning in hell with the fags. Jesus hates you.

    • Laura says:

      Jesus doesn’t hate anyone. Hate comes from satan.

    • Marie Young says:

      Knew you would show up at some point. Surprised you took so long to spew your hate.

    • O. Frederick says:

      Beware the devil comes in many disguises. “Truth Sayer” is one of them.

    • Yawefas says:

      Ha. You totally just contradicted everything everyone has been saying (christian or not) about Jesus loving all. So Jesus does hate people? Listen to yourself. Your verbal attack sounds like that of a ten-year-old. Jesus hates free-spirited, fun-loving, good people on this earth but he approves of rude, ignorant, closed-minded fools with a clear lack of education? If that’s true than Jesus is not for me. And it’s people like you that make me say that, so if Jesus is out there and can get angry at people, I’m sure he’s not happy with you right now for just reinforcing my agnostic viewpoints.

    • krelw says:

      my gosh. don’t be an asshole.

  18. itsnotaboutus says:

    Bottom line is the hedonistic displays touted in these gay pride parades are very similar to how the societies of Babel and Sodom and Gommorha behaved. Unfortunately, those societies collapsed and perished. There may be a message in there somewhere. I agree that it’s not for us to judge any of our brother man. However, I fail to associate the word “pride” with people of any sexual persuasion parading in public spectacle in their underwear. Christian or non Christian, let’s hold ourselves to a higher standard than that!

    • Laura says:

      You can’t expect non-believers to act like believers. The real discrace here is that believers are spreading hate when they should know better.

    • CrowleysGhost says:

      “the hedonistic displays touted in these gay pride parades are very similar to how the societies of Babel and Sodom and Gommorha behaved.”

      Arf. And you know how Babel society behaved how, exactly? At least keep your bible stories relevant to the conversation. Babel was destroyed, apparently, because of their attempt to construct a building that would reach to heaven. Not because they liked a bit of a dance.

      It also may have escaped your attention, but ALL great empires and societies die out. Not just the ones mentioned in the bible, but all of them. Every last one. Possibly as a result of the second Law of Thermodynamics. Or evolution.

  19. P Newsome says:

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate your willingness to put your hugs where your mouth is. “you will know them by their fruits”.

    I have wondered, but I guess it takes all kinds, how folks can really rationalize hatred, bigotry, harsh judgement and call themselves Christian.

    I don’t know whether I could have done what you did, but I am really really glad you did it. I also am so impacted by the smiles on your faces!

    Thank you.

  20. Mike says:

    Love the person, hate the sin. I see and respect the point you are trying to make by apologizing on behalf of the body of Christ, but were u able to witness to Tristan about how the love of God can make him free?? I didn’t read the interview but only this blog post so I don’t know if u did or didn’t. If you could, that’s great.

    Yes I follow Christ, and while our Spirit judges wicked actions, we ought not let our flesh do the talking. What I mean is this: I won’t discriminate or cause harm against a person engaging in homosexual behavoir, but at the same time I will not vote yes to gay marriage under some guise of civil rights. Being able to sit where u want on the bus or use a public restroom are civil rights, not being married. B/c that last statement is xebatable I will say that the most important reason I will vote no is b/c it is against God’s Word. Where as before I didn’t care and thought that whatever they did was their choice and had nothing to do with me, in Christ I am a new creature and know better.

    I was recently told about a gay couple that got married in New York. In the middle of the night they were convicted by the Holy Spirit and turned from their ways, that is cause to Praise God.

    The new testament says that Sodom and Gomorrah(spell check) should serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. It is serious.

    We should be witnessing to them, letting them know that the lifestyle is wrong and that Jesus died so we could all have forgiveness, they buried Him, and after three days He rose from the dead, and ALL power in Heaven and Earth was given to Him.

  21. Lindsay says:

    “I will say that the most important reason I will vote no is b/c it is against God’s Word.”

    This bothers me greatly. The main defense that Christians (and others) use for denying the right to marriage between two men or two women is that it is a “religious sacrament between a man and a woman.” If you want to go there, then ANYbody who was not married by a priest and in a church is not technically “married” either.

    Heterosexual marriage is recognized by our government whether it is done in a church, in Las Vegas, or by a ship’s captain. So long as it is between a man and a woman, these couples are not questioned by their fellow citizens, nor are they denied the over-1000 rights, both financial and social, that marriage entails.

    Marriage, as a contemporary notion, is a government process, and therefore God should not play into it. Marriage and partnership exhisted in some form or another many many years before the birth of Jesus. You do not go out of your way to protest the rights of those people who are married in Las Vegas, even thought this also technically violates the “sacrament of marriage” as defined by the Bible. So why should it matter what gender? The truth is that you are using your religion and your God to justify an unjustifiable prejudice. You are also contributing to a dangerous blur between church and government.

    We should honor commitments of love in the form of marriage between two PEOPLE, regardless of gender, and validate this union with the same rights afforded traditional couples. Do yourself a favor: forget about the notion of sin, forget about what the Bible says. It is irrelevant in this case, and there is no justification you can make that will not be hypocrytical.

  22. Mike says:

    Lindsay,

    What I mean is that the Bible states in many areas that for two men or women to lay together is an abomination. There are other sins and I am not saying that this is by far horrific or shocking than any other sexual sin. Yes, I used to fornicate, watch pornography, and visit strip clubs. My heart was far from God. However, because of His grace, He forgave me, and now I am able to tell others about the good news. Some people may look at my testimony and be repulsed, just like some people are repulsed by homosexuality. But where man sees fault, God forgives.

    I do not see in the Bible where you have to be married inside a church (or maybe temple in the OT) for a marriage to be valid. Such sounds like it is part of some religious tradition, but the truth of the matter is that biblically marriage is a covenant (promise) made to God between two people. So the question is: How can two men or two women make a promise of marriage unto God when such is clearly stated as wrong in His Word.

    It is not my intention to cherry pick through God’s Word and pick and choose what’s wrong and what I will obey, the more I read His word, the more understanding I have, and am responsible to obey. It is just as wrong for a man and a woman to live together and fornicate as it is for two men or two women, for example.

    I understand the benefits/drawbacks the Government throws at marriages, but the reality is that those things are superficial and temporary, and will eventually pass away.

    You must remember that marriage was instituted by God, when He created man in His likeness, and gave man a helper, a woman. This was the first marriage. The Bible does not mention that it was performed in a temple, and it was not performed by a priest, but by God.

    I can’t forget about sin, or the Bible. Sin is real, and it is disobedience to God. The word has been thrown around alot and become trivialized, distorted, and misconstrued, but the meaning is the same. Sin separates us from God, period. However, it does not have to be that way forever, we can choose to confess our sin to God, repent (turn away from), and accept that Christ is the Son of God, died for us, and God raised Him from the dead.

  23. Greg says:

    Well, go and vote against gay marriage if you will and in the meantime they will all go and vote against everything Christian. The fact is we do live, for good or for worse, in a pluralistic society under a government that may indeed have been founded by Christian people yet they wanted no part of the church to be included in that government. Now we have this secularist government which makes laws that offend Christians, well I’m sorry but we can’t have it both ways. Atheists get married too. God is not involved there or if He is, it is not recognized. Religiously speaking, marriage is between a man and a woman so be it, not all marriages have a religious foundation. Therefore, stop
    trying to force the Church’s will down people’s throats. If you don’t like it, move. Religiously, marriage may not be a right but religion is not how laws are made in this country. The fact is that the benefits of marriage ought to be a right to any two committed couples who are willing to promise themselves to each other for an eternity. That is what marriage is all about civilly speaking. Keep your religion and pray openly, that is your right, it is not your right to throw bibles at people to wake them up to your moral correctness. If they want to sleep in sin that is their right under the constitution and you can’t do a thing about that. As a Christian I will vote yes because there are two sides to every coin and I have respect for other’s points of view.

  24. Stephen says:

    I agree we should NOT hate the Sinner, but Rather the SIN!!!

    Read about Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible, as God destroyed it for homosexuality! One who continues to live in Sin will burn in hell. That is NOT a “hate the sinner” comment but TRUTH. God does NOT accept one who lives in sin forever. He forgives if One changes their waves. I agree we should not “Gay bash” etc, but educate and let the sinner make their own choice.

    Read it in the Bible if you do not believe it. Repentance is crucial to salvation. Just a messenger not the rule maker!

    God Bless

    • Sarah Grace says:

      Repentance doesn’t come from “educating them” as you say. The Bible says that it’s His KINDNESS that leads us to repentance. Not his harsh judgments on how horrible our lives are. Peace brother. Let’s lead him to his grace. His grace will then do the work to free them from their sin. We don’t have to do that part. In fact, we can’t. :)

    • Laura says:

      God did not destroy Sodom and Gommorah JUST because of homosexuality. It was due to many other sins as well. A lot of those sins that are being displayed here in these comments by “Christians”. It a dangerous thing when someone believes they are sin free because no one is, they are deceiving themselves if they think they are.

  25. Anonymous says:

    This disgusts me. It’s sad that my son has to grow up thinking its okay to date, marry, or fall in love with another man. The bible NEVER demonstrates that this is something normal! If someone chooses to be with someone of the same sex, go ahead and do it, BUT…don’t preach to the rest of us that what you are doing is normal. Don’t stand out with your banners asking us to teach ourselves or our kids that you are doing the right thing!

    • Kelli says:

      What’s sad is that your son has to grow up in your home. And for your information, those parades in which we hoist banners, is not us asking you to teach your kids that what we’re doing is right, but for us to appreciate who we are and know that what we are is nothing to be ashamed of. You, being as heartless and closed-minded as you come across will provide your son lessons as to why what you’re teaching him is wrong. You don’t need us to do that. For you to come onto my site, anonymously, and spread hatred like a coward, I can’t say I’m too fond of the choices you make, yet alone, those ideals you’d pass along to your children. I hope, for the sake of humanity, that you choose to stop reproducing and show your child that being like you is something to avoid.

    • Will says:

      You know, the Bible may not condone Homosexuality according to Leviticus 18:22 (the only black and white verse about homosexuality in the bible, really), but it also does not condone the following:

      1) Shellfish (Leviticus 11:10)

      Do you like shrimp or lobster? That’s too bad, because Leviticus 11:10 says you can’t eat it.

      2) Shaving (Leviticus 19:27)

      Yup. You can’t trim that beard, fellas. That’s a sin.

      3) The Menstrual Cycle (Leviticus 15:19)

      “‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.”

      It DOES, however, condone slavery in Leviticus 25:44. That’s right, slavery.

      Your hypocrisy (which also isn’t approved by god, check out Matthew 6:1 – Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.) is disgusting.

      You should stop taking the bible so literally, as it was written by man. It is better viewed as a collection of fables and metaphors used to give you spiritual guidelines. It’s not perfect and drastically contradicts itself because it is a collection of over 60 books written by 40 writers over the course of more than 1,000 years.

      • Sonya says:

        Actually, most of those rules that you’ll find in Leviticus were specifically for the Israelites. They were supposed to be set apart for God, and being surrounded by pagan nations were given very specific instructions how to do this. They were forbidden to eat shellfish mainly because they were ‘ unclean’ being bottom-dwellers. They weren’t supposed to have sex with their menstruating wives because under the law of moses, contact with blood, dead bodies, etc., would make them ceremonially unclean and make them unable to come to the tabernacle to worship God. Then they’d have to go through a long process of purification just to be clean again. When Christ came, his sacrifice was to fulfill thusese requirements, reconcile us to God, make us pure and holy, and free to come into His presence.

      • tony says:

        Lev 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” is NOT a metaphor, neither is “Flee fornication”,(1Co6:18) neither is “abstain from fleshly lusts”,(1Pe 2:11)
        Homosexuality is included in a list of detestable acts (malum in se) in Leviticus,right between incest , beastiality and child sacrifice. They are laws concerning things that are evil by their nature , not prohibited by ordincance, the same way murder is wrong in a different way than failing to put money in a parking meter.
        Malum in se is a Latin phrase meaning wrong or evil in itself. The phrase is used to refer to conduct assessed as sinful or inherently wrong by nature, independent of regulations governing the conduct. It is distinguished from malum prohibitum, which is wrong only because it is prohibited.

  26. Sarah Grace says:

    I bawled when I looked at this beautiful picture that so displays the very heart of our sweet Lord! He has been revealing the extravagance of his grace to me this week and this picture just sums it up! How is the world ever to know his grace that makes friends with sinners if we, his very body, don’t show it to them? Our faith may as well be dead if we can’t hug a Tristan in his underwear. That’s the kindness that will lead then all to repentance. Jesus didn’t charge us with the responsibility to make sinners holy. He charged us with the responsibility to love them as we love ourselves. Thank you for doing this!!!!!!!

  27. Dustin says:

    There are a couple different issues that are brought up by this post. First, does the Bible condemn homosexuality. Secondly, how should Christ-like Christians behave towards homosexuals. The answer to the first is obviously yes, the Bible does condemn homosexuality and defines it as “sexual immorality”. Attempts to alter the meanings of biblical passages that condemn homosexuality are not based off of biblical scholarship or translations from the original Hebrew and Greek. So if it is condemned how should Christians act towards these people? Many people are making comments such as,” Jesus loves everyone no matter what they have done”, and attempt to use this as a means of justifying homosexuality. But the fact that Jesus loves everyone does not mean that He loves peoples actions, or that He did not preach that these people will not be judged in the end. But the way Jesus acted towards these people, who’s actions He condemned, gives us the clearest example of how Christians should act towards homosexuals. Jesus Christ was completely respectful and loving towards all the multitudes of people he preached to. He feed five thousand people, all of which were sinners in one way or another (many sexual immoral as well). A woman caught in the act of adultery is defended against her accusers. People were healed of all kinds of diseases without considering what sins they have committed. Christ ate with tax collectors and sinners. In fact the only people he was harsh to where those who claimed to be righteous people of God, yet were not, namely the Pharisees and Sadducees. Why is this? Because love is much more effective in dealing with people than hate. People do not respond well to persecution and it actually makes them want to band together and obtain liberation, (this is one of the reasons the gay rights movement is so strong today). So oppression has the exact opposite affect i.e it does not cause people to question their activities but rather to embrace their activities and fight to legitimize them.

    So the conclusion then is that Christ-like Christians are to take a firm stance in opposition to the activity of homosexuality, yet treat homosexuals with love and respect while not wavering in their own beliefs. One may also make an attempt to outreach to homosexuals and attempt to show them that Christ can help them.

    Lastly, it is important to develop arguments against homosexuality that are not based on the Bible. For example I reject homosexuality for logical and philosophical reasons. For example homosexuality cannot be justified in a way that does not equally justify incest, polygamy or pedophilia. For a great book on these underlying issues check out the book,” A Queer thing happened to America”, by Dr. Brown.

    • Sara says:

      I agree with almost all your points, Dustin. I believe we think a lot alike. But how can the same argument for homosexuality be used to justify pedophilia? I can see it justifying incest and polygamy (since these would all be acts between consenting adults without a direct victim) but a small child does not have the maturity to make sexual decisions like an adult (I’m leaving out those who have gone though puberty but that our society still classifies as children). Doesn’t pedophilia victimize children and that is why it is morally wrong in our society and will never (hopefully) be accepted by our society?

    • David says:

      A ‘great book’ is not a great book just because it agrees with everything you want it to agree with. I’d be amused by how you can ‘logically and philosophically’ dismiss homosexuality. By all means try to entertain me by telling me how two people loving each other or consenting to be sexually active with each other is a logical or philosophical fail.

      • Sara says:

        On a societal level, I tolerate whatever consenting adults (in love or not) want to do with one another: homosexuality, polgamy, incest. Making it part of the definition of marriage devalues marriage by watering down what it is (the foundation of a new family for the next generation as well as the current one) and makes people less likely to marry in the long run, which is bad for the next generation, but we really got on this path when divorce became so easy. It’s the next stop on the path.

        As for an argument against homosexuality, we simply aren’t designed physically to have a sexual relationship with people of the same gender. Loving relationships, yes, but not sexual ones. We all can agree that there should be relationships that can be sexualized and some that should not and it’s pretty obvious that two men aren’t designed to be sexually compatible. No amount of desire is going to change that fact.

  28. mike says:

    i just dont think its right going out in underwear like that, the rest of us would be arrested for indecent exposure..something isnt right there.

  29. Jen says:

    I find this discussion so funny, seriously this obsession the “christians” have with homosexuality is quite disturbing. They are more interested in the sins of others than their own. For the sake of fairness, since all sin is equal, I would like to see these people make hate posters for themselves and their own sins, struggles, temptations so they see how effective their interpretation of love is.

    BTW Jesus didn’t come to establish a religion, he came to free us from it. If you want to be a “christian” following which ever interpretation of the law suits you, go ahead just don’t impose it on others. Jesus calls us to higher standard than following religion He calls us as individuals to be Christ like. This is completely different and what truly changes lives. If you look at how Jesus speaks to people, His empathy, His gift of healing the physical, spiritual and emotional… no hate can be justified in His name.

    1 Corinthians 13

    1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  30. Ben says:

    The Bible says one thing, Joy of Cooking says another.

    Let’s leave the books out of it and acknowledge that those cats with the signs went way outside their comfort zones and acted just the way Christ recommended, and kudos to them.

    Even more kudos to the gentleman in the BVDs for embracing their apologies in the most literal way.

    I’d like to see a lot more of this kind of spirit in America these days. If we don’t hang together we’ll all hang separately, as the man said.

  31. [...] Then this morning a classmate sends me this story about an apology: ”Christian Group Shows Up to Chicago Gay Pride Holding Apologetic Signs“. [...]

  32. Munke-Satan says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  33. tom says:

    they arent saying that it is right, they are saying sorry for putting the homosexual community down. this doesnt make being gay an exception to the fact that it is wrong in the christian religion. if i say something mean that is true about someone and i say im sorry after does not make what i said not true. im just sorry for saying it.

    • andrea says:

      Wow. What a back handed apology. because you Still have the very same Bad attitude toward people. It’s really 2 faced.

    • andrea says:

      Again tom, if you really feel that way, don’t even open your mouth and say sorry b/c you don’t mean it. You’re just trying to fool people into Thinking you’re their friend and that you accept them, when actually you Don’t. It’s not your place. And if you really did accept them, that thought to say sorry when you really aren’t would not have come thru your mind. Good goin’.

  34. Bryan says:

    I find it curious that the Bible keeps getting quoted with regards to this argument when it is clear to anyone who studies the Bible that it presents a myriad of views of society. Unfortunately, this leaves the Bible open to abuse by those who would use it to support their cause without truly understanding it. (Leviticus regulates and condemns while Jesus in the Gospels and the various epistles preach love and acceptance). I also find it interesting that many so-called Christians seek to put words in the mouth of Jesus and claim to know what Jesus would or wouldn’t have done in a particular situation – an act which, if I recall correctly, could be construed as blasphemous.

    I also want to say that I do not think it is wise for people to dismiss the Bible, as I have heard many non-religious people do. They argue that the book is a 2000 year old antiquated text created by men but fail to recognize that it is a sancosanct set of spiritual teachings and portal to God for many people around the world.

    That all being said, I wish to share a quote with you from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which was commissioned by Pope John Paul II and completed in 1994 as a “compendium of all catholic doctrine regarding both faith and morals.” Although the text does not approve of homosexuality, according to Section 3, Article 6:

    “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible…They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358)

    Interestingly, the Bible may be nebulous on the matter of homosexuality, but it seems that at least the Catholic Church is actually pretty clear that even if you don’t approve, you are not allowed to discriminate in any manner.

    Chew on that for a while.

    Love over hate,
    Peace over war,
    Forgiveness over anger,
    Adaptation over stubbornness
    And always compassion

  35. Kerrygirlw says:

    The smiles say it all. Beautiful!!!!!!

  36. Mark, Chicago says:

    These “Biblical Christians” are a bunch of robots – JUST as scary as Muslims who view the Koran as “God in book form”.

    There are LOTS of great lessons in the Bible about how to live one’s life and interact with people… but REALLY. There’s a lot of people out there that want someone or something else to do their thinking for them (the Bible, the Koran, Dianetics, the stars).

    Even though the group might be apologizing for their treatment of the “sinners” and not their classification of them as such, they’re still putting more thought into it than most of the zealot crazies out there.

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  38. Richard, Texas says:

    Here where some good people trying to do a good deed, I’ll take that over ink on paper any day. Walk the talk.

  39. Evan Rojas says:

    I’m more than happy to find this site.

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  41. kimberly says:

    wow.
    this… this first gave me goosebumps, and then almost made me cry. <3

    i would have happily stood in your ranks. thank you for sharing the LOVE of Christianity… (as it was meant to be.)

    you guys are wonderful! O.o

  42. Darren says:

    cool beans, cool beans.
    at the risk of sounding ignorant/having a barrage of scriptures posted, is being gay really a sin?

  43. Yvonne says:

    I believe that Jesus has called us to share the gospel with a balance – that is speaking the TRUTH in LOVE (Ephesians 4:15). In order to make a difference and witness to the world about God’s truth, this all boils down to love and relationships. Just think about the all the people who had a major influence in your life – were they condemning and demeaning? Or did they exhibit a caring and compassionate spirit? I would assume the latter just because as human beings, we all desire to be loved and understood. That goes for the homosexual community; they deserve LOVE, COMPASSION and UNDERSTANDING. If there isn’t a genuine desire to love them and care for their well-being and their soul, how do we as Christians expect them to accept the teachings of God? In this sense, I believe that this group, by reaching out and creating a bridge to this community, did exceptional as a first step. A trustworthy relationship can be developed which would be a better method in changing hearts for God. Jesus set this example countless times (which have been eluded to in previous post). There’s no way we can share God’s word without LOVE and CONVICTION, plain and simple. God bless you all.

  44. Tim says:

    It’s funny watching everyone argue on what is right and what is wrong. What is sin, what is not sin. Who judges who. Have anyone ever thought on why we are the way we are, why we hate the way we hate? It is because of religion. The church tells you what you believe from the day you are born, they tell you how to act. Wars are fought because of your so called Gods and prophets. If this God you speak of is all mighty and forgiving, then why is there so much hate in this world? We are a plaything to them and they are just laughing at you guys fight and bicker over something so petty in the entire scheme of things. Who cares if a man wants to marry another man, or a woman wants to rise a child with another woman. Does this directly effect you? No. Will this cause that child to become a monster and kill and rape? No. Go ahead and bash this post, I dont care. I dont know any of you and dont care to know who you are. The ones who will not let any who is born with the same FREEDOM you were born with has no right to even say one negative thing to anyone else on the face of this planet. So bash away trolls, bash to your heart’s content and we will all see you in Hell!!

  45. ndwarren says:

    This is a beautiful story.

  46. Sonja says:

    I loved this story as a Christian desperate for stories of hope for the church, but reading the comments was, unfortunately, distressing. I had to respond.

    There seems to be an impression among people here that homosexuality is a “lifestyle”. I have to ask, is your being attracted to and loving your spouse a “lifestyle,” or is it a part of your life? A part of being human? I’m a woman and I have been in loving relationships with women, and it was not a choice (did you choose to be attracted to your partner? Neither did I), and it’s my life, not a lifestyle. Importantly, though, I have felt fulfilled in these relationships as I wouldn’t if I were with a man. Being with a woman comes with a sense of things aligning in the universe, of everything being bright and joyful. I am HAPPY in my relationship. I don’t see where this impression of homosexuality being a “destructive lifestyle” comes from. Are there unhealthy gay couples? Of course. But they’re not unhealthy by virtue of their homosexuality any more than destructive straight relationships are unhealthy by virtue of their heterosexuality.

    With the happiness thing comes something I wanted to bring up about whether or not acceptance of gay people was Biblically sound. I could go on forever about the importance of context and translation etc. in interpreting the verses used to condemn homosexuality, but that information is all just a Google search away. What I want to point out is what Jesus said about religious teaching: “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” -Matthew 7:17-18.

    Let’s look at the fruits of the traditional interpretation of scripture, which is that the Bible condemns homosexuality: gays are ashamed of their feelings; they’re afraid of what their feelings are and their inability to change; family and friends turn against them when they come out; they’re told to deny themselves loving relationships in order to live a Godly life- in essence, be alone and never know human romantic love, ever.

    Do those sound like good fruits?

    What about the fruits of a different interpretation, one in which it is understood that gay relationships as they exist today weren’t known in the days of the Bible, and the verses weren’t directed at all people for all time anyway (in essence, gay people are not sinning by virtue of having relationships): gay people feel secure in their relationships with their families; they are free from shame over their attractions to the same gender; they can form loving relationships and start families; they feel like they have a place in the world and that they are loved.

    Do those sound like bad fruits?

    Imagine, fellow Christ followers, being told your whole life that being straight is a sin. In order to avoid sinning and living a Godly life, you may never fall in love, hold hands with the person you love, kiss them, marry them, grow old with them. You must always be alone, and in order to accomplish this, you must always live in fear of falling in love with someone of the opposite sex, lest you cut yourself off from them and break your heart in doing so. You can’t change your attraction, no matter how hard you try, and being in a relationship with the same sex is just as much misery (because you’ll never be able to love them as you’d like to love someone of the opposite gender), so it’s heartbreak over and over again.

    I repeat: you cannot change your orientation, so the only way to live a Godly life is to have your heart broken again and again.

    Does that sound like good fruit?

    Does that sound like the life God wants for you?

    I am happy in my relationships with women. When I have a girlfriend, my world becomes brighter, safer, and happier. She makes living more bearable. She fulfills me. I love God; there is no God-shaped emptiness in my heart that I try and fill with a woman instead. But there would always be a human-shaped hole in my heart if I denied myself this wonderful experience of human love.

    So, I ask that you talk to any gay people you know; if you don’t know any, meet some. Go to a pride parade, or volunteer at a youth homeless shelter (the vast majority of homeless youth are LGBT, kicked out by their parents). Ask for their stories, and learn from them. They will tell you plainly; homosexuality is not a lifestyle, and our lives are much better by shedding shame and allowing ourselves to love and be loved rather than forever fearing human love and being ashamed of something we can’t control and isn’t inherently unhealthy.

    In the meantime, do research into the subject. Look up opposing views. I can recommend plenty of resources if anyone is interested.

    I wanted to come here and say my piece, because I was frustrated. Here was this post about a beautiful act of love and acceptance, and then it’s followed by a slew of comments saying how they’re not saying the “lifestyle” is legitimate, just that Christians have been condemning the “lifestyle” in the wrong way. Don’t degrade gay people, just lovingly tell them to stop sinning.

    Tell them to stop loving, because their love is sin.

    That’s how it sounds to us.

    It’s my prayer that anyone reading this will be moved to explore the issue further. If you do plenty of research into multiple viewpoints and come away with the same convictions, then we’ll agree to disagree and move on. But at the very least I want you to consider what it is you’re really saying, and how the message is received. That starts by getting out there and listening to gay people, and doing research.

    God bless you all, and thank you for not tl;dr-ing this. Have a splendid day and good luck in your search for understanding, should you choose to take that road.

  47. elly ray says:

    to the person who asked if being gay was a sin! yes it is! im not saying that god does not love that person i am saying that he hates his sin! being gay is a perversion of what love is! it was ment to be between a man and a woman pure and holy! it is suppost to be the highest form of love, that you can not get closer physically or emotionally then that. and as my little brother would put it , have you ever put a puzzle together and thought that it was the right piece, well no matter how hard you cram and smash that piece in it will never be the right piece. a man a a woman were made to fit together , intertwine , be one, hole! and another thing if they like it so much why do the remember that girls have butts too!

    • Sonja says:

      Elly, have you ever met gay people? And talked to them about their relationships? Ever?

      For us in the gay community, being in a relationship with someone of the same gender *is* the puzzle pieces all fitting together. We feel one and whole in our relationships. If we tried to be in mixed-gender relationships, we’d be miserable (anyone who isn’t is probably bisexual). One lesbian Mormon on Mormons for Marriage once put it as “Imagine there’s a food you hate, and you have to eat that food which you hate for every meal of every day for the rest of your life. That’s what being gay in a straight marriage is like.”

      Being in a relationship with someone of the same gender is for us exactly what it’s like for you with someone of the opposite gender. We’re joyful, fulfilled and whole in those relationships. If you got to know some gay couples, truly got to know them, you’d see that.

      There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’ll just leave the link to my original comment on this post here:

      http://www.practikel.com/2012/01/27/christian-group-shows-up-to-chicago-gay-pride-holding-apologetic-signs/#comment-17403

  48. Annie says:

    Balance. Truth and grace must go hand in hand. Don’t hate those brothers and sisters trying to understand God’s truth, but this radical action of love was necessary for the voice of Jesus to be heard in a marginalized gay community. I’m going to be honest. I don’t know if God’s original design for humanity uplifted homosexuality, but Christ taught us to love those who didn’t have justice done to them. Even if the christian community believes homosexuality is not right, we have sinned gravely against homosexuals in the past with hatred and exclusion. This apology is only the first step in what we must do to include ALL God’s children in the church. True love is not merely acceptance, it is walking beside those people in committed love whether we completely agree with them or not.

  49. flo says:

    What is next? Men and animal marriage?
    well let me tell you that we live in conspiracy.
    we are feedded with garbage like this one.
    not anything that human considers to be rights
    like being gay, got to be accepted. This is in your
    minds.
    a couple makes a man and a women

  50. Sara says:

    Here’s a story I’d like to share here.

    “Suppose my friend Billy meets someone and falls in love with this person, named Sam. Billy and Sam spend months, maybe even years, getting to know one another, and as they grow closer to each other and to Christ, they decide to form a lasting bond, to promise to be together forever in a marriage in front of God. So Billy comes to me about it and I, being a Traditionalist, respond by saying, “That’s immoral and disgusting! You and Samuel are doing a terrible thing before God!” Billy blinks for a moment and then replies, “Sam is short for Samantha. She’s a girl.” Suddenly, my opinion changes. “Oh, well then, that’s wonderful! All the best to you! What a blessing!”

    In this case, nothing at all has changed about Billy’s commitment, Billy’s motivations, Billy’s relationship with Christ, or even Billy’s specific actions. Everything is exactly the same, with one exception: Sam went from male to female in my mind, and that somehow changed the relationship from being disgusting and immoral to being holy and beautiful – even though, in either case, Billy’s motivations and actions are exactly the same.” -http://www.gaychristian.net/justins_view.php You can read more on that here.

    Being gay is not a sin.

  51. Alisha says:

    Where can I get one of those “I’m Sorry” Shirts?!?
    -Alisha

  52. Mike says:

    I just love how a few are quick to point to the bible and admonish sinners. It’s not our job to judge, that’s God’s job, or whomever you believe in. As a HUMAN BEING, we are commanded to love our brothers and teach them, not force our own agendas down others throats.

    • Pauline says:

      I just love how People who DONT know what the Bible teaches, Quote what Jesus says.. or they comment on Quotes of what Bible believers say with out researching what they are talking about..Jesus does say love all people.. But he does not say accept all sin.. sin is sin..and if you claim to be a follower of Jesus, you are under the judgement of the Word of God and as beleivers we have an obligation to point sin out to one another

      Galations 6:1-10 1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.
      6Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
      7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturea will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

      and in Matthew 18:15-20 15“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’c 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
      18“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will bed bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bee loosed in heaven.
      19“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
      So know the facts bedfore you Quote what the bible says.
      not what you think it says..

  53. JFC says:

    This is a wonderful story. You should disable comments.

  54. Erica says:

    Yessssssssss! Faith in Christianity restored!

  55. HeatherC says:

    Wonderful story of a group who realized hate would get them nowhere and respect and love was a true example of God and any will given.

    For those you who only saw it was a Christian Group: Did you miss the part where we’re all human, with feelings? Did you miss the part where it took a lot of guts to stand up and say, I know you were treated wrongly and that isn’t right, it’s not any ones will?

    You’re missing the largest part of what the bible stands for and as a person, not a Christian, not a gay woman (But an avid supporter of fair rights for all to love and be with who they wish and all that comes with it, no one couple above the rest), but a woman with an interest in all religions, what I got from the book, is love. Jesus never went to anyone with hate. He never would have, not then and not now. The verse you read, if applied to modern day, would keep women from voting, from having a voice. It would make multiple marriages alright. Stoning a woman for not being a virgin at marriage, would be alright. Morally, we know this to be wrong.

    Books and Religion are a guide. They give you hope, comfort and a guide to live the best life you can. That’s all gay men and women want. That’s why this group chose to show love.
    Stop the hateful comments here on this page.
    Realize it’s not solving anything and move on.
    Oh and from this woman,
    I wish you love and peace and a better day.

  56. Pauline says:

    Reconciliation and Restoration are not the same thing..Reconciling, appologising,asking for forgiveness for condeming, for abusing, being unforgiving,or hatred..is different.if we can do that it will save us, personally and our relationship with Jesus because he does not want us to have that between us and him..it hurts us more than the other person we are hating.. We dont have to nessisarliy Restore the relationship if we dont think the relationship will continue to benifit us or we dont want to continue to be influenced or want the toxic behaviors or influence around us or our familys.. Ellen Degenerous is a great example of the way Homosexuals need to be in society..She does not throw it in your face..She is a lovely person inside and out..she educates with out insisting you do it her way..I totally could have her in my life and be friends with her.I havea sister who is Gay, and she does not throw it in my face and let me know at every meetinmg Im Gay!!!!her behavior is not innapropriate around my children..I could not allways take them to her house at different times because in the past she lived with others who were out there.. flamboyant.. they had sexual pictures in theior home between two women. and not a good influence on my children. but they have grown up with love for her as they have with all the people in their lives..

    John:8: 7-11 Jesus said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said.
    “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

    Although i agree that Jesus would have embrassed this man, and LOVED him.. he would have told him the same thing he told all those who came to him for his wisdom and his truth he offered..He told people to leave their life of sin..I am not saying that it was wrong for this Christian group to go and to show love and offer appologies to the way many Christians treat Homosexual sin…They are so wrong to treat Gays with contempt,hatered, harsh words, and even go as far as to condone hate crimes against gays..THAT IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELs, for so many reasons.. But we would not accept the going around and parading around in our underware,half naked,( and in some Gay parades Naked) from a Hetrosexual man or woman in a parade. It would be looked at as being innapropriate and would not be tolerated.. Why do Gays have to PARADE around in flamboyant,Let it all hang out there, In your Face behavior..that we would not accept from other parts of society..As a mother of two teenage children a boy and a girl, I see so many kids confused and in crisis because this kinds of behaviors are FORCED on them and they get confused and are told they are homophobic if they dont accept, embrace,support, homosexuality..I dont agree that we as a society need to accept or toerate this kinds of behaviors in public..Give partners all the rights of hetrosexual partners if thats what they want or are trying to be recognised as ..but I dont flamboyantly walk down the street in a parade naked or close to naked to proclaim my love for my Husband or claim to be a woman with a lust and sexual desire for a man…that is a private, sensitive, secret thing between me and my love..my husband, my partner.. I love every human on the face of the earth..Do I agree with all the behavior or the Life style they choose to live..No..if you say you are a believer in Jesus/Christ, OK…Even Satan believes in Christ/Jesus.. But I have a Problem with people if they say they are a follower of Christ/Jesus..But choose that life style openly and out there in your face..and expect me as a Follower of Christ/Jesus to support and accept your behavior, or choice..because if you say you are a follower then you do what Jesus says..you follow his WORD..that means you tell other followers to have and be LOVE, Compassion, forgiveness, in all things..But that does not mean you accept this behavior, or SUPPORT this behavior.. I think this Group did a great thing by appologising for Other Christians and even themselves for condemnation they did from the past, and now have repented of their hatred.. But I think we need to be careful as Followers of Jesus that we dont support something Jesus would not have supported.. he would Love all people, he may have even gone to a Gay pride Parade.. But he would have told them to “GO AND LEAVE YOUR LIFE OF SIN” this is very scary as Kirk Cammeron was condemed for his stand on this issue, I expect I will be too. I hope that i will not be condemed for my opinon.. but of course becuase I dont accept,support and embrace homosexuality i will be condemned.. the very thing that I am accused of, I May get from that community because i dont agree with their choice..I hope not, but again tolerance goes both ways..does it not?? As for me and my house we will and do serve the LORD Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible..

    • Shane Cassudy says:

      Im happy that you got to marry your partner, your love, and make him your husband…. That us just one of the every day rights that you take for granted that are denied me and my partner of 7+ years! As for your and other kids having ‘behaviours forced on them’ …. ALL Gay kids have straight behaviours FORCED on them every day in every tv program, newspaper, magazine, by every couple they meet in the street….after 7 years together myself and my parter are still too afraid TO HOLD HANDS IN PUBLIC….the simplest expression of love, commitment and caring available to even every teenage str8 boyfriend and girlfriend. So after growing up Gay and afraid and dirty I entered into a relationship with a woman…..hoping that if I pretended to be str8 for long enough I Im happy that you got to marry your partner, your love, and make him your husband…. That us just one of the every day rights that you take for granted that are denied me and my partner of 7+ years! As for your and other kids having ‘behaviours forced on them’ …. ALL Gay kids have straight behaviours FORCED on them every day in every tv program, newspaper, magazine, by every couple they meet in the street….after 7 years together myself and my parter are still too afraid TO HOLD HANDS IN PUBLIC….the simplest expression of love, commitment and caring available to even every teenage str8 boyfriend and girlfriend. So after growing up Gay and being made to feel afraid and dirty, I entered into a relationship with a woman…..hoping that if I pretended to be str8 for long enough I would change my sexuality…after 5.5 years and having become a father to a beautiful son I gave up, it was that or kill myself rather than go one being so unhappy, so don’t talk to me about ‘behaviours’ being FORCED on anyone. My life was almost ruined by having hate forced on me! would change my sexuality…after 5.5 years and having become a father to a beautiful son I gave up, it was that or kill myself rather than go one being so unhappy, so don’t talk to me about ‘behaviours’ being FORCED on anyone. My life was almost ruined by having hate forced on me!

  57. Cassandra Oh says:

    All this ‘love the person, hate the sin’ business irks me. WHAT SIN. LOVE IS NO SIN.

    Being told you’re an abomination your whole life, and that who you are is somehow a chosen path of destruction. THAT is a sin.

    Big ups to this group, all it takes is one hand extended to start a revolution. <3

  58. FYI 97 says:

    This is a fantastic article that truly shows humanity and acceptance in a world that is in some aspect resistant to change. It’s refreshing to read such a price and restores such inspirational faith that one day we will treat one another equally. Truly inspirational!!!

  59. Lisa says:

    This is awesome… most people have no idea who or what God is.. nor what his teachings are… His mandate is LOVE… it is what Jesus said we should do… Love God, Love each other…

    He put us here on this earth… He knew who we were and what our lives would be like, our hopes, our dreams, our loves, our futures…. He has plans and purposes for us all…and we have no idea what those plans are..

    So where does that leave us mere mortals… welllllll….. as a Christian and reading the commandment that Jesus laid down for us… it means….

    I’ll just love everybody as well as i can… He can do the judging…black, white, gay, straight, bi, pink, blue, yellow… whatever…. I will leave it up to Him to do the final judging….

    If you want to be technical.. in the Bible it actually says that we are to judge fellow Christians for their deeds but not non Christians as they do not have the same knowledge…

    it’s in 1 Corinthians 5 v 9 to (including) 13. NKJV. It says…

    9. I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.

    10. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolators, since then you would need to go out of the world.

    11. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone name brother (christian) who is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a reviler or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person.

    12. For what have I to do with judging those who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?

    13. But those who are outside GOD judges. therefore “put away from yourself that wicked person”.

    Sorry to take up so much room with this but I think it is important for Scripture to come into this since people keep going on with what God says…

    It’s so much less complicated when we just read it right.

  60. Booyeahoo says:

    See the problem with all of this is that the Levitican Evangelical (non use of the word Christian intentional), really has no theological background, but has “read” the Bible. They use words like the “Bible says,” but have never been able to exhibit that it has the properties to actually speak, therefore how is it that “it says?”

    In other the Levangelical knows just enough to get themselves into trouble. However most do not know enough to know that context, time and culture have more to do with its meanings than the actual word the interpret as speaking. Hence they come off sounding most ignorant. What it all boils down to is God gave us a brain, a soul, and intelligence. These three things really trump some ancient teachings first written on parchment, and translated a few thousand times into a few hundred different versions, and in some instances by people who didn’t even understand the language they were translating. Let’s not forget the fact that it was only compiled some 300 years after Christ’s death mostly from camp fire folklore and stories by a group of opium smoking nomads. That’s why we have the ridiculous old testament where a man is told to mix a poisoned potion and feed it to his wife if he suspects her of cheating, and if she lives she is innocent. Just three verses before the famed Chapter 13 verse so oft quoted against gay people. Wow, what a manual for life. No folks, again use your brain, your intelligence and your soul (your heart) instead of living by the sword. Say a prayer, reflect and meditate on your hatred of Gay people, and I will tell you the holy spirit will do a dance in your heart telling you that your words and your behavior are wrong. Only then will you be a full Christian.

  61. claire says:

    This makes me so happy :)
    I knew there were more loving Christians out there! See, people, we’re not so bad, really!

  62. JaneS says:

    I have not read many of the responses so sorry if this has already been asked. The thing I don’t understand is WHY the guy has to be in his underwear. I’m behind gay rights, all civil rights for gays and all minorities, equality, acceptance, tolerance and love. But Martin Luther King didn’t parade in a G-string. He gave powerful intelligent speeches and sermans that can still bring tears to our eyes to this day. The women suffragates gave intelligent impassioned speeches and won the right to vote wearing modest clothing. I understand gay pride but if you want people to respect you, you have to be respectful of them too. Going down the street in underwear doesn’t increase my respect. So what is the deal with that? I accept your sexuality but I don’t need it flaunted in my face 24/7 anymore than I would do that to you.

  63. MikeL says:

    Wow, it’s always amazing to see people argue and fight over a Santa Claus for grown-ups. I’d rather believe in Santa, because that’s what kids do and children have the best imaginations. It’s funny to say that children are the ones who are immature when they don’t know better, when as adults, you do know better not to believe in things that aren’t real. If a book, and people telling you what you should believe in, is the only thing you have to call the non-believer’s bluff, then you are living in a sad sad world.

  64. Miriam says:

    I’m from New Zealand. I’m a 56 yr old transgender person. My heart rejoices over this article and the shear honesty contained within. For me it truly mirrors Christ’s attitude toward every living person.

    I have my own standards of dress (litterally) and there is no way i’m going to as another to conform to my expectations or moral code. My task in life I believe is to love all human beings as Christ loves us: unconditionally. If our paths cross, super great, if we walk the paths parallelly, super great, if someone messes up my life by false standards and words and deeds, then i am still there but not around them, if you see what i mean.

    Life is full of ups and downs – and the last one for me will be up – how about you?

    Shalom
    Miriam

  65. Mr. Egg says:

    Why the hell should we care what your God says if we don’t believe in him? If he wants to come down and stop sin he can. I am grew up in a strict christian home, I turned away from God because of the hate Christians show anyone who doesn’t believe what they do. If you want to follow the bible, do so, you have your religious freedoms. Did God tell you to hire a politician to force your views on the masses? Did he say vote a president in office and force gay people to not get married? What does it change if they are married, if it’s a sin, it’s a sin. All you bible thumpers out there, you’re a dying breed and what image will we have of you? Hate, judgment, strife, bitterness if that’s the image the future generations see why will they ever want to follow the same God? You can preach all you want, this country is turning away from your bullshit you have been trying to cram down our throats for years. You have lost your voice, and the last of your voice we remember will be of hate. If you can answer where God came from, where did something that can create things he imagines in his head come from? If you can answer that things would be different. You will never stop and really ponder that question, you will just ignore it and try not to think about it, because the bible is writen so people are afraid to question anything. You mad bible thumping freaks? You mad that you have no proof of his existence besides a book that could have been written by anyone. Keep your religion, go to church, be happy, but don’t tell people they can’t be happy because you don’t want them to.

  66. andrea says:

    I think that whole thing is SO Wonderful, Fantastic, Exceptional! I never thought I’d ever see or hear of that. It’s not that god is bad, god is perfect. But sometimes people put words in his mouth and that’s the problem. Sometimes it’s hard for me to identify with christians who chose to be hateful and judgmental. But then I always have to remember, it’s not the lord who’s at fault, it’s the people who are cruel. Moreover, you have to be the kind of person you would Want to Find in the world. Do you want to have a person treat you like dirt? Or would you want them to accept you for who you are? Come on now! Everyone should be nice to Everyone. Especially if that’s how you desire to be treated…kindly. You have to be what you would hope to find.

  67. Larry says:

    Sorry not gonna bother about the “message” in this story, I just wanted to ask why in the bloody blue hell is that man in his underwear? I have gay and lesbian friends and they do not act like that. That idiot in his underwear is promoting HIMSELF over his cause and in doing so he is further enraging the real bigots out there who scream the loudest about homosexuality. I am so sick and damn tired of hearing about this issue, while people continue to lose their jobs and homes. I wish that they could get married, hell I wish there was a vote right now. My problem with the gay and lesbian community is that they care more about their names on a piece of paper and would see America burn to get it. No one is telling them that they can not love their partner, and anyone who is doesn’t know their butt from a hole in the ground. I believe in god, but I believe a marriage is a commitment between two people who promise to love and be faithful to one another for EVER they shouldn’t need their names on a piece of paper to believe that. The divorce rate in this country is disgusting, so let em get married they will be divorced in five years just like the “normal” people. Sorry if I sound pessimistic I just don’t like where our country is going. It isn’t getting better and I would prefer it if the people who are supposed to be running it actually did their damn job as opposed to worrying about who is marrying who.

    • Cameron says:

      I’m not too eager to look at a guy in his smalls, but the heterosexual community does this all the time. I mean, I’ve been to plenty of parades with female dancers dressed in little more than underwear. I find that much easier to deal with, but as a straight male that’s to be expected. I can’t see why specifically gay parades would do things much differently.

      Incidentally, do you think the repealing of the prohibition of miscegenation was a waste of time?

  68. Rose says:

    Thank you for this.

    I was reached out to by a Reconciliation group after Prop 8 passed in California, and it healed quite a bit of emotional and spiritual damage done to me by “Christian” hate groups.

    You are most certainly doing God’s work. Bless you.

  69. [...] read this story in the news about a Christian group that showed up to Chicago Gay Pride holding signs apologizing [...]

  70. Glenda says:

    After reading the majority of responses it just hurts my heart to read the fighting going on. I am a lesbian and I was raised in a fairly strict christian upbringing. I love the Lord and believe in Christ. He is the reason I am true to myself instead of ‘pretending’ to be what I am not. I am ‘normal’ just like anybody else. I hurt, laugh, cry just like the everybody. I want to find that one person who makes me whole, who fills my days with happiness and loves the Lord that I love. To say, ‘go ahead and get married, it will end in xxx years’, yes it ‘could’ happen but then again maybe it won’t. the society we live in today is built out of who is right. I for one know i am not right all the time but what i am right about is that I love my Lord and He loves me. I love my family and they love me. I love my animals and they love me. I love people, they may not love me but that is ok because they do not know me. I pray for a world of unconditional love but that is not going to be until this earth is made new and then Satan will have lost his hold on spreading hate. Blessed be everyone!!!

  71. tony says:

    beware the power of the dog Psa 22:20 -thats sodomite political power. The only thing christians should be apologising for is not preaching against this detestable sin HARDER.

  72. Sintaa says:

    By the end of reading this article, I could hardly read the words, obscured by my tears, feeling the heart of the words written and shared. For me, this is what forgiveness looks and feels like and I am so filled with joy for those who stepped outside of centuries of church doctrine and judgment to stand with, what for me, are the real and true teachings of Jesus – the Jesus before the Church.
    I don’t call myself Christian although it was the faith that I was most closely raised with growing up. Over the past year, I have tried to connect with Christianity by attending services at a sweet, beautiful Anglican church in my neighbourhood. In truth, it was the Reverend who had me returning until she left. Yesterday, I showed up again. There were hardly any young people in the congregation anymore of about thirty. The new Reverend, a lovely woman with beautiful silver hair, had us reading a book, a text sanctioned by the church, which was being brought back with the departure of the other Reverend who always, for me, seemed to speak from her heart while dancing with doctrine.
    As a child, I was taught that Jesus loved everyone, no matter who they were. Jesus also had the courage to challenge the ‘church’ and its elders of the day and I admit, I was tempted yesterday to do the same. In Genesis, it is clearly shared that God created everything, including all of nature which follows God’s laws, not the laws of man. Sexuality in the natural world mirrors that of the sexual diversity of humans: there are lesbian seagulls, bi-sexual deer, etc. so who are we, the LAST to be created to judge God’s work.
    I am glad to be living in these times of revolution where the true and real teachings of Jesus, the pagan Christ some call it (the one prior to the creating of the story by the Church, the one that selectively included and excluded Gospel writings in the Bible)is returning to where it began: the grassroots. Thankyou

    • Sara says:

      All of creation is corrupt, unfortunately. That’s why you see so many animal behaviors we should not do ourselves, for example, rape (dolphins)and eating our young (polar bears). Someday Jesus will return and this all will end and that will be a beautiful day!

  73. Sara says:

    I think the key verse to all this is Galatians 6:1: Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

    In dealing with the issue of homosexuality, we Christians (who are sinful humans) have sometimes given into temptation and lost our gentleness. I believe that is what they are apologising for. And I think that is the right thing to do.

  74. Franklin says:

    Remember the louder you protest the more probably you are concerned that you, yourself might desire your same sex. Are you a self loathing, closeted homosexual???

    • tony says:

      better to be a “self loathing closeted homosexual” than a proud pervert who flaunts their sin. When Christ said blessed are the poor, and blessed are those who mourn , he was speaking of poor sinners who mourn for thier sin . (Matt 5) If we confess and acknowledge sin he will forgive it. If we defend, condone and encourage it we are hated of God. God hates workers of iniuity (Psalm 5:5)

  75. Amanda says:

    I read 90% of the comments here. Most of them started with “I believe…”. Ok so you believe. Gay people also believe. Muslims also believe. Atheist believe. Budhists believe. Hindus believe. Wiccan’s believe. What makes your belief any better than anyone else? Why can’t we all just get along? Because we “believe”. I don’t care what religion you are. We need to treat people better. Anytime you cause pain to another, for any reason, it is wrong. Whether it be physical, mental, or social. Simply saying the bible told ya so, doesn’t give you power to hurt or deny anyone’s happiness. We are people. We are all on this planet. We are sooo good at arguing with each other that we never actually do any good for this world. Let’s refocus. Instead of telling gay people they are going to hell or telling them what Jesus would do, let adults do what they want in their bedrooms and help children not be hungry in Africa. Or how about standing up to the super rich across the globe that povertize most of the world. How about finding ways to help people instead of condemning. I want 100% equality for all in every aspect of LIFE. You can spread the word all you want but unless you act more like the people in this article, you are just as likely to go to “hell” as the gays. Oh and BTW the bible doesn’t speak of hell. Hell was invented solely by man. It just says you cannot enter heaven. Satan isnt even mentioned by the bible except in a few instances. Also another history lesson, the part where homosexuality is condemned, most likely it is a bad translation and was changed to fit the persons political or personal views. Whatever my beliefs are, doesn’t matter. Yes, I am joining the argument and judging myself, but really, let’s come down from our mountains and start doing some good instead of whining about what Jesus did or didn’t say first, and start helping the sick disabled and poor, the single moms, the drug addicts, the criminals. The lesson that Jesus showed that condemning and imprisonment and punishment isnt okay. That we cannot help people by simply telling them to come to god, we need to BE THERE FOR THEM!!

  76. Victor Levy says:

    This is the HUMAN thing to do. It is the DIVINE thing to do. It does not belong to Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Sitva or any other divine being. It belongs to the divine human who made this decision of his own divine inspiration.

    This is the truth that religions want to hide from you. That you are not capable of divinity. We are ALL capable of divinity. Instead of needing a priest, rabbi or imam, you have but to open your soul and the divine is there, waiting for you.

    The people who die wanting more are the ones who only as they die become aware of this tremendous well of spirituality inside themselves. Musicians are intimate with this (can you tell I am a musician?) Performers of all kinds – including politicians which is why they can be so mesmerizing – are familiar with their inner well of spirituality. Not everyone calls it the same thing but in essence it is.

    Be well all of you – child of christ, son of allah, people who chose Jehovah – let the well of spirituality inside you guide you more than the words of any ancient parchment. Follow your souls :)

    As did these incredible people who stood up and were counted – RIGHT ON!

  77. Sof says:

    I am an Episcopalian, and while I love the fact that people are suddenly noticing all of this apologizing being done by Christian churches to gay people, I’m a little disappointed that people think that this is new. Sometimes people have a tendency to group all Christians into one general category and say that we all think that gay people are evil or something. This sis sooo not true. My church has welcomed gay people, given them communion, and ordained them for decades. Unfortunately, not all churches are as loving as they ought to be (as Jesus would have wanted) and tend to discriminate against people who are different. Sometimes when I tell atheists that I am christian, they automatically think that I am in that group, but I am not. I just want to make it clear that it is a huge misconception to think that all Christians are the same and believe that gay people are bad, and that women shouldn’t take birthcontrol, and that priests can’t be female, or that premarital sex is evil, or that all non-believers are going to hell. I am a devout Christian and I believe all this is absolutely wrong. IN addition, I would like to thank the men in the picture who were displaying TRUE CHRISTIANITY!

  78. Proo says:

    As far as the comments go, tl;dr. Don’t care to engage in a long-winded and neverending debate about Christians vs. Gays. I think that is kind of counterproductive to this article.

    I was on one side of the fence (the Christian side) until I realized I sit the fence (pansexually speaking, ha), and the reactions of my peers and trusted adults pushed me to the other side of the believer fence. This was a problem with the believers, and I get that. I think I’m at a point where atheism is where I am most content, spiritually speaking, but I teared up while reading this article. If you’re going to preach love, live love.

    And that’s exactly what I see here. A group of people willing to go against their own, and risk just as much as the group they seek to apologize to and embrace. It’s beautiful, and I wish I could see it more often. And I think stories like this will help to promote that kind of love.

    I think there’s to much focus in our society on sexual love and not enough emphasis on just basic human love. These people are stepping beyond that comfort zone our society has placed us in and reaching out to embrace the fact that we are all human, and we all have to live on this planet together.

    Absolutely beautiful. You have my utter respect!

  79. Jennifer says:

    LET LOVE LIVE!
    There is so much hate in this world, let love live where it can find a foothold. There is nothing sinful about love.
    Didnt God create every human? And what God creates is perfect, right? So does that not mean that God created men and woman who love the same sex, and in creation God sees them as perfect. Why can you see them as perfect just as God created them. Seems wrong to hate something God created.

  80. Rachel says:

    who is this Jesus guy and why is he such an asshole?

  81. Lindsay says:

    All these people that are saying “God hates you.” WHO THE H-E-double hockey sticks do you think you are??? Really, you think you can put words into HIS mouth? Wow is all I can say to that. God created each and every one of us. And IF he “hated” GLTB’s than why did he make them into the human that they are? There is much science that says most people are born that way, I acknowledge that some people choose, but there is science to prove that they have no choice and were created by GOD to be the way they are. God and Jesus do not discriminate. GLTB is not mentioned anywhere in the ten commandments is it? Didn’t think so. Those are the most important sins that we should avoid. AND many parts were added into the bible as well over time that weren’t Jesus’s word, such as Lent was put in there by the Catholics. But no one should judge anyone. You are not in their shoes. There is a lyric from a song that goes “I’ll be up, up, and away, up, up, and away, because in the end they’ll judge me anyway, so whatever”. Meaning that only GOD has the power to judge, even though the people on this Earth think they do, and he is a forgiving God. So everyone that is saying “God hates you”, and is a “christian” maybe you need to do some reflecting on your own life and stop worrying about everyone else. I guarantee you sin on a daily/weekly basis at least once, and probably forget about it by the end of the week. So learn to love and forgive people, just as Jesus and God have and will do for you. By the way, I was raised Catholic, and am now a Christian. Peace and love be with all of you with hate in your heart.

  82. Anthony says:

    The kindness, gentleness, and love demonstrated by these people opened communication between two far-too-often-isolated camps. Accusations and judging — which God specifically prohibits (judge not, lest ye also be judged) — close down communication. We can all learn from this courageous example — no matter which side of the fence we’re on.

  83. sad says:

    I can’t believe there are still people who think it is wrong to love.

  84. Natasha Wakaruk says:

    My name is Natasha and I ride camels.

  85. Jayson says:

    It comes down to this: if you believe in a God of Love, it means that you acknowledge that your own best intentions are to love and forgive unconditionally.

    And the opposite is true: if you believe in a vengeful, impossibly strict, moral code-oriented “god” – you show that you yourself are a vengeful, impossibly strict and really, deep down, a mean and miserable person.

    Gossip, according to scripture, is also a sin. Gluttony. Lots of sins identified in the Bible that many Christians simply ignore. But they fixate on homosexuality as if it’s that one thing God just can’t forgive.

    Their loss.

    • tony says:

      Your comment is completly erroneous because you know nothing of the scripture. God is love and he is also vengeful. Gods love is for those who mourn for their sin. those hwo are proud and flaunt thier sin, defend and condone sin will feel his wrath. Pro 11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

  86. A Passer-By says:

    Psalm 133:1
    A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

    Frankly i don’t think its that difficult to be a good person. It only takes a shred of common sense/decency to know the difference between right and wrong on the level that matters. Just because you have a specific view on sexuality does not mean you have any right to judge someone else’s. There are bigger things to worry about. I mean think about it, if these people are happy living in a way that is different to what you believe is the right way to live, so what? Why must you stick your oar in to ‘save’ these people from something they don’t believe they need saving from. Leave them alone. Simple. If you want to be a good christian concentrate on your own flaws. Concentrate on righting the wrongs in your own life before you try to influence someone else’s. No one is perfect, by a long, long way. Therefore, no one is in a position to judge anyone else. If you don’t agree with me then fair enough because i will not judge you for your bigoted view on life. Love to all!

    • tony says:

      You hate your fellow man if you see him indulging in a sin and keep quiet about it. Gods standards are *crystal* clear. NO sexually immoral persons will inherit the kingdom of God. Stop jabbering vain abstractions about love and do what God tells you to do. Remind them of Sodom and Gommorah.

      • David says:

        Tony – If your god is really that much of a dick about things and being in heaven means having to hang with the likes of you then I’ll gladly pass. Have fun wasting the one life you have dude.

      • A Passer-By says:

        I feel sorry for you i really do. Vain abstractions about love? I wasn’t aware that unconditional love was all that complicated. I will reiterate my point; Who are you to judge another person? Thats gods job not yours. allow them to live their lives as they see fit and get on with yours. Although it sounds as though you have a very negative outlook. Hence, i feel sorry for you. But i forgive you for your vain abstractions about love =)

        • tony says:

          you hypocrite, you say its wrong to judge? thats a judgmet stupid , stop judging ;hypocrite. You want to make the point that jesus said judge not lest ye judged. he also said judge with righteous judgment and he also said flee fornication.

      • JM says:

        Why are we so caught up with the concept of Heaven and Hell. It seems that we are doing whatever we deem “moral” and act according to whatever standard we deem appropriate, and consequently judge those who act by different standards, solely to get to Heaven and avoid Hell. It’s a system of reward-punishment that to me, seems deluded, in that our actions are dictated by satisfaction or of fear, and not because we want to. Our acts thus become inauthentic.

        How I pray to God to teach me to love Him, and everyone, not because of Heaven, nor for fear of Hell. Not because I should, but because I want to. Not by measurable standards, but by unconditional means. I pray to God to teach me to love simply because I was loved first, truly, and unconditionally.

  87. bil jac says:

    The only thing that’s important here is that a bunch of PEOPLE got together and showed each-other UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Something that gays, Christians, Jesus, and any other form of life on this planet or in the universe for that matter including GOD himself can appreciate. end of story.

  88. Sheldon says:

    This was an amazing post. I doubt that this will happen in our country for the next few years of pride, but I am hopeful. :)

    I am not religious and don’t subscribe to any religious institution, but them, saying sorry for what before they fought with fangs, asking for forgiveness is beautiful and what should religions teach to their followers.

    The tears flowing down to may face right now are symbols of joy and happiness. From the bottom of my heart, a gay Filipino is saying, THANK YOU! And I hope this post inspire a lot more people with love, compassion, and reason. :)

  89. Lisa Dahling says:

    Using what the bible says to convince me that you’re right is like using a fairy tale to convince me that Snow White and the Seven Dwarves are real. I think both are just fictional writings.

  90. The church today either responds negatively or apathetically to homosexuality. I don’t think Scripture speaks to either one of these. Scripture does speak to the sin of homosexuality but in the context of every other sin. It reminds me of the scene in the Bible where Christ calls all who have not sinned to throw the stones at the woman. Everyone lowered their head and walked away. We all have sins because we all are sinners. I love my dear, gay friends, and I never want to come across as judgmental. I want to love them well. I think this church took a step in the right direction.

  91. Russ says:

    A lot of Christians have it wrong. It’s not our business to judge. I happen to think that homosexuality is wrong. I also believe that drinking to excess is wrong but I’ve been drunk more than a few times in the past and will be in the future I have had sex out of wedlock and I think that is wrong too. God sent his son to absolve his believers of sin and through this act, we have forgiveness for our sins. Is homosexuality a sin? Well the Bible says it is and since I believe the Bible is the real deal then I would have to say that it is. But in the end… It is not for me, or anyone else who reads this site to say whether it is right or wrong for anyone but ourselves. God (if you believe in Him) will condemn whatever he so chooses and he will forgive what is asked of Him (or so I believe). But hating someone and telling them that they will go to Hell for whatever it is that they are doing is not any of our business. It’s between that person and his God, whomever he or she may be.

    • tony says:

      Stop being a hypocrite – you jabber about not judging yet your comment is full of judgments. eg. that it is none of our business that our nation is going to the dogs and we shoud not speak out agaisnt it.
      The Bible defines love as warning your fellow man that his sin will take him to hell. Jesus was hated by the world because he ”testified ” that their deeds were evil. The Bible tells us to judge – not by yourown standards as you have doen here. (spouting what you think and what ‘you’ feel) but judge right – that is , by the stndars of GOD. and the standard of God is NO perverts in heaven

      • A Passer-By says:

        You seem to be a very angry person. To be honest its people like you with your prehistoric views on life that depress me and turn me away from believing that religion can ever be good for the world. Just calm down for a bit and think about the fact that your concepts of life and its rulebook are not always the correct and just ones. Accept your flaws as a horrendously bitter person. But hey i’m not judging; carry on being a misery. I wont let it affect my life or influence my moral standards as a rational and peaceful human being. I’m sure you will get VIP tickets to heaven, despite your self-righteous, bigoted, and frankly, arrogant belief system, so enjoy.

  92. Niamh says:

    I read through the first few postings and couldn’t be bothered to read any more cos of all the utter crap that’s been written. What you all forget is that the bible was written by man NOT God or Jesus, and that it was written 200 years after Jesus died so hence is subject to all the usual “Chinese whispers” and individual misinterpretations. OH… and as someone who is not only gay but also has studied a degree in evolutionary anthropology AND indoctrinated into a very strict Catholic upbringing I can categorically state that the bible is just an interesting read of urban stories!!! As for the Christians who have shown love, compassion and acceptance of fellow man, regardless of their sexuality, Hallelujah and not before time! They have restored my faith in humanity! One small step for religion and a giant leap for hypocritical Christians! AMEN xx

  93. Pete says:

    I’m gay. I’m not a Christian.

    It’s good that someone, someone, makes the first step. The trouble is, we’re becoming factions. Some people up on high are putting divisions between us.

    I have no ill will toward anyone with a faith. Faith is a personal thing. I know many Christians that don’t actually worry about me being gay, nor do they see how this basic part of who I am should be something to change. Please don’t believe that homosexuality is something we put on like a coat, just to get at the religious right.

    I don’t have the time to antagonise people, my life is pretty full already thanks.

    What I’m saying is that I have often been unfair towards Christians in the belief that they have refused to accept any LGBT person, but that’s not true. And I apologise to those Christians that accept others different to themselves.

  94. dejulio says:

    wether Believer in GOD or NOT A Believer in GOD, no one is exempted in the JUDGEMENT DAY.
    GENDER “s not a choice made by the same person or made by other person”, a person is “born having the gender marked”. Let us be who we should be and live the life the way it should be, the “Laws of LORD GOD” is our checklist; there’ll be struggles off course, educate the youth, remind the adult, with love. And the decision is for them to choose between eternal life or eternal condemnation.

  95. xX_Tobi_Xx says:

    STFU!!! There is nothing wrong with being gay. I, for one, am not christian, but in the bible, as far as I know, Jesus never said ANYTHING about if somebody is black, gay, bisexual, or asexual, to segregate them and say that they are a ‘sinner’. If you have anything to say to me, tell me on youtube. I wont be here for any more than a minute after this. youtube.com/lilwoo991 , and if you want, subscribe to me XD. -Mumbles-Christian dumbasses…

  96. Audrey says:

    I think this is amazing, and such a huge step between the LGBT and Christians. I absolutely agree that if Jesus were here, he definitely would have hugged them, and loved them like He loves all of us. So I don’t understand why some Christians hating on the LGBA because clearly as stated in the Bible, love is the greatest commandment of them all. Think about it, if Jesus said to love thy neighbour, and supposedly your neighbour is a LGBT person, shouldn’t we be loving him/her the same anyway?

  97. Noah says:

    Oh, my God… reading some of the comments really made me feel very sad. Seriously, guys, let God choose who’s going to heaven and who’s not, who’s right and wrong… as far as I knew it, no-one but God has the right to choose if a person is going to heaven or not and who is right and who is wrong. We never really know everything, guys. Remember, once, (almost) everyone believes that the earth is flat, and now we believe it’s round, but who knows, right? We don’t know. So stop acting like you know, please. Can’t we just do kind, friendly, peaceful, helpful things and stuffs to each others and stop making ourselves live like in hell even before we died…? Once again, peace.

  98. underwaterdreaming says:

    Just to start off: I’m Christian, I’m not gay, and I haven’t all the answers.

    I think everyone has pretty valid points, that God loves everyone, male, female, gay, straight, everyone. How could he not? He died for all. He loves all.

    At the same time God hates the homosexual act. Similarly, he hates stealing, lying, cheating etc, and he will judge everyone, Christian, non-Christian for the things they have done, said or thought. He judges all.

    I think that both sides of God should be seen as a whole. That God is not merely “loving” to the exclusion of accepting all sin, or “judging” to the exclusion of loving all people. After all we are not all one-dimensional, if someone I love murders another person, does that mean that because I love the murderer I help him to escape justice and treat it like as though it’s ok to murder? Or in my haste for justice do I hate the murderer, condemn him and never see him again?

    These are tough questions, and like I said I don’t have the answers. For me, I think I would start by saying that God loves. And because he loves so completely, so utterly, when the moment comes and you understand the enormity of it, and leave everything behind to follow him because you also love him, that is when the transformation starts.

    When we choose to follow God and love him, slowly, anything that is unholy or ungodly, with God’s help will be removed from our life, and replaced with godly things.

    It’s a long process, and a hard one and God never said that it wouldn’t be difficult. Ungodly and unholy things are not just homosexual acts. Personally, I am struggling to stop swearing and to be less judgy of others, to be more humble, and a thousand other things that I need work on.

    I am thankful for the work that The Marin Foundation has done. It is one thing to say that God loves unconditionally, but another to experience it. And to see his people and his church practicing it is really a sight to behold. For people who have never known God, the one way that they do is if the Church really reaches out and shows them how God loves. It will not be as pure or perfect as God, but it’s a start.

    And when love is shown and accepted, I think that is when God can work, to show even more perfectly his own love, and hopefully all of us will be transformed, and we can be singing praises to God together in Heaven.

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  100. Schmeggle McGee says:

    This article is awesome blossom! So is the message. Keep it real homie.

  101. Thomas Dunning says:

    Please stop calling the love that God has sent into my life, the love that brings me closer to God, the love that is my husband, my partner, my lover, my friend, MY FAMILY, a sin.

    You have NO right to be so sanctimonious and self-righteous.

    The ‘act’ which is discussed here as something God ‘hates’ has been reduced to the same level as violently assaulting someone for no reason.

    Do you mean the act of making him coffee in the morning. Is that a homosexual act? The goodnight kiss? Holding his hand when he grieves? Or is it really just the blow job you’re talking about here? Because really, that’s not even 1% of my life.

    I’m busy taking care of MY FAMILY and I can’t imagine that Jesus Christ is too impressed with you trying to drag us down while we struggle to pay our bills, to heal our lives and communities and to raise our young.

    I’m busy…now what the heck are you doing again? Oh yeah, calling the divine gift of love in my life a sin.

    Grow up and do something useful with the heart and mind that God gave you. There are people to feed for goodness sake!

  102. Lillyblack82888 says:

    Here is the deal: The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. But hatred, gluttony, jealousy, stealing, cheating on your spouse, lying, are all sins just as abhorrent in God’s eyes.

    My point? Being gay is the same kind of sin as having hate in your heart towards someone, or being jealous of your neighbor’s new Chevy. I wonder what would happen if we started speaking out about gluttony in the church, or lust… How many people would lower their eyes in shame? ALL sin is the same to God, not just the sexual ones; and yet we justify our “little” sins while condemning the “big” ones. They are all the same!

    It is not our place to make sinners walk as we do, they don’t know Jesus yet. Our job is to show them the way to God, and let GOD convict them of whatever they need to repent of. If they truly accept God into their life, they will want to serve Him and obey Him on their own. We’re not called to personally purge them of sins!

    Do I think homosexuality is a sin? Yes, I do. But that doesn’t stop me from loving gay people. They aren’t Christians; so why would I expect them to act like one? I don’t expect them to quote Matthew, so why would I expect them to do anything else but be a sinner? And why would I expect hatred to make them want to be a Christian?

    I’m not saying that we should accept it or promote this lifestyle; I’m saying that there is a difference between lovingly showing someone the way to God and then showing them what the Bible says about their lifestyle and helping them overcome it, and yelling and hating them for it. Does yelling into a megaphone change people’s minds about God? Does holding up hateful signs make people want to come to Christ?

    No, it does not.

    That’s why these people apologized: Not because they’re ashamed of the Bible or accept this lifestyle, but because they’re ashamed of the so-called Christians who focused more on their sin than on saving their soul, who destroyed hearts instead of mending them. People have said horrible things in the name of Christ- and these people need to know that God accepts them for who they are, and THEN helps them change afterwards.

    Instead of being hateful, why not build relationships with these people? Jesus did. He ate with sinners; why shouldn’t we? Show them that you don’t hate them. You don’t have to agree with them, but you don’t have to hate or shun them either. Show them how Jesus has personally affected your life. Let HIM change them- that’s what He does best, after all. :)

  103. Thomas Dunning says:

    Lillyblack, Thanks for your efforts and there are a lot of good things you say. However, there’s one thing that doesn’t sit well with me in your email. “The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. But hatred, gluttony, jealousy, stealing, cheating on your spouse, lying, are all sins just as abhorrent in God’s eyes.”

    I will NOT have my God-loving family lumped in as sinners with adulterers, liars and thieves. That base categorization is what fuels the hatred and violence my family and my people should NOT have endure.

    If the bible says homosexuality (define this please) is a sin, well what about my HOMOEMOTIONALITY? Is that a sin too?

    Dare I say it, either the Bible is wrong or people’s interpretation or use of it is wrong.

  104. Jaclyn Ormerod says:

    I believe that homosexuality is a sin as stated in the bible. That being said, I don’t like that what the person is doing but I don’t hate the person. GOD will judge not me. But that doesn’t mean I want the lifestyle flaunted in my face in “gay pride”.

  105. Kim says:

    Ok, so here’s my question for all my fellow Christians out there– when did YOU make the choice to be straight? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never made that choice–I was simply born straight. It is one part of what makes me who I am.

    That being the case, I suspect, for most (read all) people, whether they care to admit to it or not, then it logically follows that most homosexual people did not choose to be that way either. It is the way they were born. That being the case, and with the knowledge that God made every person on earth,and HE doesn’t make mistakes, under the teachings of Christianity, how is it a sin for them to live the way God made them? Seems to me the real sin is not being true to the person God made you to be.

    Saying they choose a “deviant” lifestyle is making excuses because we feel threatened by what’s different or want our interpretation of the Bible to be the right one, and not remembering that though the Bible is the word of God, it was written by imperfect disciples who were human beings just as we are, and were therefore capable of applying their own biases to their writing, just as we are. This is a different kind of pride, and that kind goes before a fall, as the Bible says. Eternity is a long time to argue plot points, and a really long time to have to live with people you couldn’t accept on earth, if it comes to that, and the narrowminded Christians aren’t the ones who end up crispy critters. The Bible also says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

    Jesus was full of surprises, and if you recall, in your reading of the Bible, he BROKE the rules by hanging out with the outcasts and “deviants” of His society. We WILL be judged one day, on how we treated those in our society who needed our kindness and compassion the most. As Jesus said, “What you do to the least of these my brothers, you do also to me.”

  106. Sara M. says:

    If Jesus really hated homosexuals, why did he save the centurion’s “beloved” servant in Matthew 8 and Luke 7 and hold up the centurion as an example of faith?

  107. Kevin says:

    Sorry to break it to you all god isn’t real so stop being brainwashed by the church into believing there is a god out there when their isn’t.

  108. Chris says:

    Everybody who has posted their opinion about religion here is what is wrong with America.

    • Kim says:

      Really? How so? The fact that everyone here is free to post their own opinions about religion, and the fact that you are free to disagree with them and to say things in disagreement, with no fear of persecution for doing so–this is what is distinctly RIGHT about America. If you don’t like that, there’s a whole big world out there…feel free to find somewhere else to be.

  109. Jess says:

    I was brought to tears (in a good way) by reading this story, and then again by reading some of the awful, twisted, self righteous comments of people who claim they have all the truth about God…As a former religious church “member”, I am saddened by the view from the outside in. If a person steps away from the building, the self proclaimed ordained leaders and all the filters created by such, and reads the words of Jesus with no one telling them how to interpret them, then it becomes UNDENIABLE that the church has it all wrong. Jesus never had harsh words for every-day people. He never once actually threatened anyone with literal, never ending torture, but he did tell the Pharisees they were in big trouble because they were twisting God’s words and image into a lie. Jesus was angry with the religious leaders..get that? The RELIGIOUS LEADERS! Christians will say I am denying clear things written in scripture that condemn sin and so on…but not one single one of them are sinless, and not many of them will ever ed the bible apart form the leaders of the churches telling them how to read it and what doctrines to believe. It’s sad, but true. And one last thing: Why oh WHY do people read the bible and think that every single word in it is some message from God to us? Has anyone ever considered that if the words in Leviticus were rules for the Isrealites, then the words Jesus spoke were for and TO the people he was actually speaking? Instead, there are loads of confusing, hateful people who mix up a bunch of stuff that was for a certain time and people, and stir it together with their own interpretations of what they think is relevant for today, and then go around trying to cram it down everyone’s throats. Well, I am not part of it anymore. And I am in LOVE with the God of Love that appeared when I had been away from it all long enough to breathe. And I am learning every day more and more how to truly love others, regardless of where they came from, what they believe, or anything else.

  110. Michael says:

    So most of you believe that every word in the bible is truth and law? Well sorry but, God himself did not come down and give us the bible. The bible is a collection of stories handed down through the times, and if you ever played the telephone game. By the end the word or sentence is never the same. Now apply that to thousands of years and multiple languages. Why is the bible sexiest to word’s women? Because the bible is the word of God translated by man, and as God is infallible, man is not. Its like that for ant religious texts. Why is this? BECAUSE OF MAN…..

  111. H says:

    This is a very cool story. My comment is in reply to many comments I have read. I heard recently that it is a Christian’s duty to help his fellow Christians stay away from sin. Therefore, a Christian should help a gay Christian to repent of the homosexuality. But if a Christian sees a non-Christian sin, he does not have to rebuke him because the main concern is teaching about God, the savior and helping them to become “saved”. A non-Christian is not held to the same standards as a Christian and the Christian that is trying to rebuke the sinner may simply be seen as a bigot. Christians should focus simply on helping the non-believers to hear the “good news” rather than trying to correct their sinful ways. God will judge the non-believers. I understand that there are different viewpoints on matters of Christianity but this was something interesting I heard recently.

  112. Edward says:

    Jesus loves the repenting sinners not the proud ones such as this Gay Parade which promotes their cause of same sex marriage and homosexual acts to be accepted in the society founded by Christians. Love the sinners but hate the sins. I cannot see Jesus going inside gay bars and hugging proud gays while they are dancing. No way! Those Christians hugging gays above are misinform and they went too extreme. They misrepresent Christianity. We should not bash gays as persons but we also should not tolerate activities that are morally unacceptable as taught by God.

    Psalm 1:1
    Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

  113. Kinsey6 says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay at all. If God didn’t like gay people he wouldn’t make so darn many of them!! Gay people and being gay is beautiful and God loves his gay children. What God hates are those who spread bigotry and hatred and intolerance like the scumbags who hide behind the Bible preaching intolerance and hatred against His gay children.

  114. Ann says:

    It is possible to love people without approving of everything they do. If it weren’t, we couldn’t love anyone, not even ourselves! Some “Christians” have tried to get their point across with hateful signs and frankly have closed the door on any meaningful dialogue. There may be a time in the future to discuss our differences, but until that wall of hatred comes down, it’s not going to happen. I’m a Christian who was at a Gay Pride parade, not to condone everything this group does but to show them that, as one sinner to another, I love them. It’s got to start there.

  115. bbbbarry says:

    I’ll point out that there’s a famous scene of one of the great figures of the Bible, King David of Judea, dancing in his underwear in a parade. He was soundly rebuked for it, but he stood up for himself, and kept on dancing in joy.

  116. Lori says:

    Our concern about social issues and politics has been where we’ve gone wrong. Jesus never addressed the Roman government and what it sanctioned. Jesus never put down someone who didn’t know better, or didn’t want to believe His way. Jesus was a regular in homes of those who stole, lied, and lived immoral lives. Jesus was the one who turned away the Pharasee’s with stones. But, then again, Jesus ended conversations with things like “…go and sin no more”. You can’t get to that point without a little bit of trust.

    Good job!

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