Glee… Blaine subplot about strange love of yule logs OMG
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Okay, while I’m SUPER excited about the in-universe story that JK Rowling will bring to film, I have a few thoughts.
The film is supposed to take place in New York City about 70 years before Philosopher’s Stone, which is the 1920s. In NYC. Sound familiar?
I’m convinced that The Great Gatsby was a major influence on the setting of the new Harry Potter films. It feels like an easy way for Warner Bros. to cut costs & reduce risk. #lame (Warner Bros. produced the Gatsby film. So they already have studied 1920s New York, they already have the props and sets and costumes either studied or created.) Right?
One of the reasons I feel that way is that everything we know about Newt Scamander places him in England during the 1920s, working for the Ministry of Magic as a 20-something animal-lover. Admittedly, he is also researching for his book, which does mean he travels during the summers. So I guess it’s not too far-fetched to place Newt in NYC during a summer while he’s doing research.
But why not set the story in England or somewhere else? Why revisit the Roaring Twenties NYC?
dad is a gastroenterologist, one son attends the Air Force Academy, the other son is a national champion athlete from an SEC school… it just. ugh.
i have this horrible habit of seeing some super good looking guy in a facebook photo and then creeping and then convincing myself that his life is perfect. when your whole family is that beautiful, talented, athletic, well-off, and christian… it’s like holy hell how did so many good things happen to this family.
i need to stop that.
I disagree entirely. But it doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting read.
(Also, sorry for putting my reply up top… but i didn’t want people reading this and thinking “wait, he blogged this?”)
I’m a little unsure how to proceed with this. As someone who is a celibate gay Christian there’s a lot to take in over the past few weeks and months. The Supreme Court struck down part of DOMA which means universal Federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and same-sex marriage is now legal again in California.
On a more positive note the former ex-gay ministry Exodus International has closed down and has been replaced by a new and exciting group called “Reduce Fear.”
But let me just sum up what a Barna Group poll has said in light of the Supreme Court’s recognition of same-sex marriage. Evangelicals oppose gay marriage and same-sex relationships now by more than 98%. This went higher than previous years. Which means some Evangelicals who supported these things in the past have either backtracked or left the Church altogether. Only five percent of Evangelicals support gay rights. That’s down from 12 in 2003.
What’s interesting is that at the same time young Evangelicals who fall into this category 80% think the Church is anti-homosexual even while being traditional on marriage and sexuality.
However other Christians and secular people have grown in support of same-sex marriage.
How do we respond? With a resounding no unfortunately. This is a difficult position for me to be in because it finally pits me against my gay and lesbian friends who are in same-sex relationships and marriages.
But I’m sorry the Bible is against same-sex relationships, and marriage. Jesus clearly defined marriage between a man and a woman. He even technically defined celibacy for sexual minorities.
There’s no other way around this. Both are sinful. I must tell you abstain from those things. You must say no. It is how God commanded.
And I’m sorry for being blunt. But after this Supreme Court ruling Christians have to take a stand. Homosexual acts and relationships are sinful.
So where does this leave us gays and lesbians? As I say “in a rock and a hard spot.” Actually it kind of sucks from an Earthly point of view. Lifetime celibacy. We all know the dangers of reparative therapy and mixed orientation marriages. Celibacy is also very painful and filled with misery. I can testify to that.
The only alternative is lifetime celibacy. I don’t like it much either, and honestly as someone who is celibate its sucks and its a very painful way to go through life. It’s also kind of unfair. But life isn’t fair as we know.
You must be celibate, and accept Jesus as your savior. Jesus loves you. All of you including your sexual orientation.
There’s no if ands or buts. That is our future response.
Yes the Church has wronged the gay community. Yes there are judgmental and pharisee like Christians who have hurt you. Yes its technically a violation of your civil rights to deny you “marriage equality” from a secular point of view.
But Jesus is the only way. And we our bound to hold to our savior and to show his light to the world.
The issue is not that we’re gay. The issue is that you’re in relationships and marriages that aren’t how God intended. And I know this is offensive to hear. I know it’s unfair to be condemned to a life of celibacy. I know; i go through it everyday. And it’s a very painful struggle filled with misery and self-hate.;
But know this Jesus loves you. There are Christians out there who aren’t the bigoted mean homophobic jerks you see on TV or on the internet. I love you. We love you. And we’re willing to surround you with love as you struggle on.
I wish I had an easier or fair answer but I don’t. My only answer is what Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
I know it’ll be painful. I know it sounds cheesy. I know it sounds like a farce. And I know you either think I’m some poor slop deserving of your pity or you think I’m a homophobic Uncle Tom. But know this. It’ll be worth it; in the end because in the next life (an eternal one) when we’re with Jesus there’s no more of this:
No more pain and no more suffering. Isn’t that a life worth struggling for?
Again, I disagree entirely. But it doesn’t mean that this opinion is any less credible than mine. What it does mean is that we all have a heck of a long way off until we figure this out, and we may never.
I wish that there were a simpler way for us all to come to one accord. And maybe that’s the point. Maybe we can’t, we won’t… it’s just not meant to be.
If we were all to sit around, we could pretty much agree that if it were possible, we’d love for there to be no denominations anymore. But there needs to be or Christians lose their minds. Maybe if we all just put up with each other a little better until we got to heaven and looked back at it all and went, “okay, how’d we do?”
What if that was our perspective on doctrinal dispute? That disagreeing was okay… and we just hoped that maybe possibly we did it right enough that we didn’t make people feel like they had to choose not-Jesus because choosing the christianity that we were, that we lived out, would just be too many steps in the wrong direction…