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Recently I had an intriguing conversation with a 'young adult' attending a Seventh-day Adventist University. The individual told me of a conversation with another friend also attending the same Adventist university struggling with homosexuality.
The struggle this individual was having was about their faith and the fact that as a whole Adventism is opposed to homosexuality, sees it as a sin and tends to shun those who are homosexual. Essentially this person/ friend of the 'young adult' I was speaking to is gay and struggling with the fact that their religion opposes their lifestyle which they might believe isn't a choice. All this while at the present time attending an Adventist university.
Does this surprise you? Even for those that read this blog and aren't Adventist, do we believe that this same scenario isn't happening at other Christian universities. Young adults struggling with this issues and are afraid to come out and talk about it for fear of being judged.
Interestingly enough there is a group making a documentary film entitled: Seventh-Gay Adventist, you can go to their website by clicking here. Below you can see a clip of their ongoing project.
Homosexuality is an issue that is obviously prevalent in our society. From the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, the debate of same sex marriage, to the issue of how churches are dealing with members who may consider themselves gay/lesbian. So how is your church dealing with this? Are our churches safe places in which people can be open and talk about it?
So what do you think? How are we to deal with young adults in Adventist (or any Christian university) universities and their struggles with homosexuality? How about our places of worship? Would you be ok with open homosexuals coming to your church?
I know this is a sensitive issue, I would really like to hear what you have to say about this, here at Bathos. Here is the short video preview of the documentary called Seventh-Gay Adventism.
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Seventh-Gay Adventists - Teaser from Stephen Eyer on Vimeo.