Okay, I gotta give my two cents on the gay thing.
In my opinion I think all Christian churches and all the Christians need to get off the "bash the gays" bandwagon. I mean, I don't hear Christians talking about the sinful people that commit adultery or embezzle money, or steal, or bear false witness against their neighbor or any of many other things. I don't mean to compare gay people to these "sins"
that is between them and God.
But didn't Jesus say, "Let him that is without sin, cast the first stone"?
I haven't always been where I am today, I think the church I am going to now and probably, even being on this board also and just life itself, all have combined to change my feelings regarding this subject.
I really don't feel Christians are doing Christianity any favors by gay bashing. I don't think it is what Jesus would do.
Golden, I don't mean this to you, I am just putting my own thoughts out on the gay issue. It is something I have been struggling with for quite some time and I think I am finally coming to my solution.
It's wonderful that you can re-evaluate your ideas and change them when you see that's what's needed. I remember when you changed your mind about capital punishment. It was a thread I started about Tookie Williams. He was a cold evil man and definitely not a poster boy to end capital punishment. But his execution was a nightmare because they couldn't find a vein for the anesthestic. You were so moved by the description of it, that your mind changed right in the middle of the thread. I've never seen that happen on any other thread or message board.
I congratulate you on your ability to think things through and change your mind when see things differently. That makes you a hero in my eyes.