I rarely ever read The Atlantic. I’m conservative and Christian and I just don’t read their publication, 99.9 percent of the time. But this story falls into the 0.1 percent and I’m glad I did. The article, “Being Gay at Jerry Falwell’s University” by Brandon Ambrosino wasn’t at all what I expected it to be.
Honestly, upon glancing at the headline I expected it would anger me, that it would slander all LU teachers and students as bigots, etc. But it didn’t. Ambrosino shared his very personal coming out story and the incredible love that was shown him by professor after professor at LU. As an LU graduate this made me proud. Many people seem to think that if you believe the Bible condemns homosexual acts as sinful that you will be standing on the street corners with hateful signs, or calling gay people names. This story proves that we don’t. I do not support the way some choose to reinterpret the Bible on this issue, but I also believe that we have to treat people with love and grace, recognizing all sins are sins. And we too are sinners.
One paragraph in particular about Dr. Falwell actually made me cry because I think it shows the side of him that most people don’t know and I wish they did. Ambrosino wrote, “I never told Dr. Falwell that I was gay; but I wouldn’t have been afraid of his response. Would he have thought homosexuality was an abomination? Yes. Would he have thought it was God’s intention for me to be straight? Yes. But would he have wanted to stone me? No. And if there were some that would’ve wanted to stone me, I can imagine Jerry Falwell, with his fat smile, telling all of my accusers to go home and pray because they were wicked people.”
I don’t agree with all of the conclusions Ambrosino draws in his article, but I certainly don’t hate him. In fact, I’m grateful to him for writing this piece and showing what Christian love can look like.
It also called to mind something I’d read earlier in the week from Ligonier (see the link below).
- 4 Ways to Respond to the Gay Community (Ligonier.org)