Readers comment on the influence of gay family & neighbors

October 24, 2012 No Comments by Deb Wagner

On September 18, we asked our readers…. Does having a homosexual relative, neighbor, or friend influence your views on marriage? If so, how?

Here are some of their comments:

Absolutely not! I have a daughter and a brother who are practicing the gay lifestyle and they believe they were destined to live this life. For the past 16 years my daughter has chosen the path to live as a lesbian and for the past 25 years my brother has chosen to live as a gay man.

I have always believed marriage was designed for heterosexuals.

It has made me wary of putting out a sign against the same-sex marriage referendum for fear they won’t speak to us after this.

I have a gay brother. In my opinion, he has never been truly happy with his life. We love him and care about him, but he knows that we don’t approve of his choice. For me, it is even more important to support marriage between one man and one woman. I know some gay couples who have been together and are committed but I still believe God’s plan.

It was yes until I was informed of the truth of what this vote would mean. I am a born again Christian. My son is gay.

My brother has lived a homosexual lifestyle. My views on marriage have not changed. Their lifestyle only influences me to pray for them to be transformed into the image of Christ. I try to understand them and know they need the love of Christ to bring them to repentance as all of us are sinners. I believe marriage is a way to become holy.

No. My views are based on Biblical teaching and God’s Word and His will come first.

No, when the Gay committees call & ask me what if you know a gay person or have a relative who is? I tell them I do on both accounts & I still love my brother, want only the best for him, I treat all people with the same respect & dignity, but I will never attend a gay marriage. Call it a union or something else, not marriage. That surprises them.

No, it does not influence my views on marriage. I believe marriage was ordained by God to be between a man and a woman and I will stand on that principle. However, it keeps me from expressing my belief to the family, (my friends) of the person involved in a homosexual relationship.

It silences (almost) my view. In certain situations I know I can speak my religious views, but in some situations I just keep silent, say little, or avoid the topic completely.

No. My next door neighbors are a gay male couple. They are good neighbors…friendly, considerate, and just plain nice people. We treat them with the loving kindness that Christ demands and, in doing so, hope the stereotype of the “hateful” Christian is not applied to us. That said, the Bible does not allow for marriage between these men.

True followers of Christ love what he loves and hate what he hates. The Bible is very clear about how God views homosexual activity. No friend or relative will influence my view on marriage because the Word of God is my final answer.

No, because as a Christian I have to abide by God’s laws.  Homosexuals rely on feelings and not logic.  Even if you don’t believe in God, you can look at cause and effect, shortened lives within their community, and studies that are out there that indicate the children still do much better when there is a father and mother dynamic.

Not mine but my wife has a gay daughter which does influence her views. Sorry to say we cannot talk about this.

I have friends and know many people who are gay. No, it doesn’t change my mind because I understand the Bible’s teaching. I am concerned that young adults who are influenced by these recent ads…my own 5 adult children and their friends….they seem to be a target of these messages that play on their sympathies.

No, I had a gay brother who died of aids at the age of 38. I have friends that are gay. In no way do these facts influence my view that marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman. That’s God’s plan and that’s good enough for me.

No. I have a homosexual older brother. I believe that marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman. Perhaps other types of legal arrangements may be used but the term marriage should not be used to describe those other arrangements.

No. I have a lesbian niece and a gay cousin. I love them (and their parents) but I cannot tell them what they are doing is right anymore than I can tell them that lying or cheating is right. I pray for them and ultimately we will all answer to God.

Not really. I am very solid in my faith and know the what the scriptures teach. But at the same time I am obligated to love the sinner and hate the sin. So I do respect their personhood, but not their life style.

I have a male homosexual cousin. I have never, nor will I ever, endorse him marrying his male companion.

No. My daughter is a lesbian and while I love her with all of my heart, I know God’s Word to be true and I know that she is wrong in choosing this lifestyle. Praying continuously for God to change her heart as only He can!

No, I can be respectful of them, even have a friendly relationship with them but that does not change my views. How can I hope to impact them for Christ if I don’t first have a relationship where they can see the love of Christ. However, that won’t change my biblical views as I believe it wouldn’t Christ’s (see adulterous woman at the well.)

No, it does not influence my view of homosexuality. It does, however, help me to understand their behavior.

No. Marriage was designed by God and HE chose what works the best. It’s not my place to change what HE did. Our Lord has the pattern on marriage and has for over 4,000 years… and it has worked well. Our Lord set the standard.

No, it would not influence me. I believe marriage is between one man & one woman. Same sex marriage (an oxymoron) would not be the end…next is several partner marriage & young children being indoctrinated into the lifestyle. I have a couple friends that came out of homosexuality & realize how destructive that lifestyle was to them & others.

No! I respect their personal desires but it doesn’t change the fact marriage between a man & a woman is ordained of God.

No. I love the sinner and hate the sin. We’re all sinners. There is only one true judge in the end; Christ. If the current cultural society understood that; they would understand it’s not ok. People have become desensitized to it all. What young people are exposed to nowadays as being ok; is frightening as parents are also desensitized to it all. It’s sad.

My oldest daughter has chosen the lesbian lifestyle, and accuses me of not loving her because I support Biblical Truth. She doesn’t understand that real Love seeks what is best for the loved one based on reality not personal delusion. God is Reality, “… it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are His people and the sheep of His…”

No. I believe marriage is as God created it originally, between a man and woman. Period, end of story. I am just more sensitive to the relative’s feelings in that I do not want to say something rash or hurtful, though I do want to communicate in an appropriate way the love of Christ as well as his error.

I suppose only in that their lives and relationships are no less worthy of respect than mine.

It does not influence my view at all. They have been deceived in their thinking and rational. For one it is not them we hate, it’s the lie that they have been told that we hate.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but his Word will remain forever.

No, my views are only of God what the Bible teaches concerning marriage. Same sex marriage is wrong.

I would feel the same as I do with others who are gay. I respect their position on sex, however It would not change my mind that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

No. I have a gay brother in law who we love dearly and is a great person. Very helpful to his parents and enjoyable to be around but, he himself does not think gay marriage is necessary. He keeps his gay lifestyle separate and somewhat private.

I have friends that live in this lifestyle and they influence me in many ways, but they will never convince me that what is unnatural, unhealthy and ungodly is to be considered natural and healthy or godly.

For me no, it’s no different than having a family member have a baby “before” the wedding, while you love the family member regardless, the Bible says I;ts wrong. However with that said, my guess is that for many people having a gay family member would influence their vote. (showing my age with the baby comment)

No, my views are based from the Scriptures.

No it cannot. Marriage will always be a sacred institution between one man and one woman. How could I have been brought into this world without my mother and father?

No my view on marriage is based on what the scriptures teach. My homosexual relative, neighbor, or friend has influenced in me in other ways by challenging my attitude towards the person not the lifestyle.

No, I pray that they discover that their choice is NOT Biblical and become saved.

No it does not – Scripture is crystal clear on the subject – I would favor a civil union but not redefining marriage. Plus I am offended by the “pastor” commercial trying to get Christians off the track – where is the counter commercial?

No. We are to love the sinner and hate the sin.

We do and we love him so much and pray God will save him and get him out of this life style

No, Sin is sin, whether it’s people that we love, or strangers. Prayers for them All!!!

No, it doesn’t. Wrong is still wrong…funny how they think that “we” (humans) decided that, instead of GOD.

No. I believe strongly in the Bible’s view of marriage as God meant for it to be. A man and a woman married to each other. Sex is also meant only for such married couples.

NO. I believe that marriage is sacred – between a man and a woman, and I will not be influenced by what anyone else thinks.

No, the Bible is my guide.

No! Biblical text clearly states that such a perverted lifestyle is an abomination, we either believe God’s word or we call Him a liar.

Why is something right or wrong. Because God says so. God says that marriage is between a man and a woman, any sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is wrong, sinful, and destructive. We had better heed his word. We are all born with a sin nature. God did not create us this way, we inherited it. The lustful feelings come.

No, because homosexual behavior is wrong according to God’s Word no matter who is involved. Sex outside of marriage is wrong too even if involves the opposite sex.

NO it does not change my mind at all. Even though I love them I don’t support them. I have one in my family. It is forbidden according to God’s word and it will destroy our Nation as it did with Sodom and Gomorrah.

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