GLEE and Teen Homosexuality

Posted on May 1, 2011

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Jude, brother of James, wrote a short letter that packed a powerful punch.  It is evident that Jude had a passion for God and His lifesaving truths.  As you read Jude’s little book, you can see that he believed in the second coming of Jesus and he wanted everyone to know that there were certain things that could cause a person to lose eternal life.   

One of the lifestyle traps Jude highlighted was homosexuality.  He knew this type of living would prepare a person for ultimate destruction. 

In Jude 1:7 he says, “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner to these, committing fornication, and going away after other flesh, laid down an example before-times, undergoing vengeance of everlasting fire.”

The reference of Sodom and Gomorrah is to remind us of what the men of the city wanted to do to the angels who visited Lot.  To help support this fact, Jude follows it up with the phrase, “going away after other flesh.”  This is talking about men leaving the natural bond between male and female and vice versa.   

Romans 1:27 says, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another; males with males working out shamefulness, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error.”

Is this a harsh message of condemnation?  No!  This is a message of love.  It is our responsibility to warn those we love about the dangers of sinful living.  If we do not, we will be held responsible in the end.   

Ellen White had this to say about our responsibility to proclaim the truth to everyone… “In the visions of the night a very impressive scene passed before me. I saw an immense ball of fire fall among some beautiful mansions, causing their instant destruction. I heard some one say, “We knew that the judgments of God were coming upon the earth, but we did not know that they would come so soon.” Others, with agonized voices, said, “You knew! Why then did you not tell us? We did not know!” On every side I heard similar words of reproach spoken.” {ChS 111.3} 

I have written about how we as Adventists need to be more homosexual-friendly in our conversations and churches and will write more about that later.  EVERYONE should feel welcome in our churches no matter what.

You may be asking, “What caused you to write about this subject?”  Here is why… 

Many of you probably know about the Fox Channel show called GLEE.  This sitcom is based on the life of a group of high school students who are, for the most part, not labeled popular.  This group of students are members of a school sponsored club called Glee.  They sing and dance Broadway style throughout the shows and usually try to teach teens to love themselves for who they are (I hope I am getting this right). 

I have never watched an episode of this sitcom until last night.  The latest title caught my eye and I had to see what it was all about… “Born This Way.”  This episode is all about accepting and loving yourself for who you were born to be.  In it, you will see the love story between two homosexual teen boys and struggles of two closet homosexuals (one boy and one girl). 

This episode is clearly teaching our young people that it is permissible to be homosexual and encourages those that may be toying with the idea to publicly embrace it.  At the end of the episode, the Glee Club does a song and dance number that has the teens wearing shirts that proclaim what characteristics they were born with and one young homosexual boy is wearing a shirt that says, “Likes Boys.”  The song says that God made you this way… I was born this way.

NOTE: This show is dangerous and should not be watched by our young people.  If you are not convinced yet… here is a clip I found from a previous episode.  “Hello!  These are teenage boys kissing in a show designed for teenagers.”  Spread the word about the dangers of this sitcom to those you care about (carefully).

I know homosexuality is a sensitive subject and should be handled carefully.  At the same time, I know that we need to be discussing the facts about this sexual temptation with our young people and church members. 

If homosexuality is talked about in your church, please make sure it is done so carefully.  We can and must label homosexuality a sin, but should never talk harshly about the people who choose this sinful lifestyle.  Homosexuals need to always feel welcome and loved in our churches. 

Let us tactfully and lovingly address this issue in our homes and churches… Why?  Because the devil is going around like a roaring lion, trying his best to destroy us every chance he gets.