Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rev. Ed Bacon declared on Oprah Winfrey's "Best Life" video series that "Being gay is a gift from God."


Earlier this month Rev. Ed Bacon declared on Oprah Winfrey's "Best Life" series that "Being gay is a gift from God." With wide eyes, Winfrey responded, "Well, you are the first minister I've ever heard say, 'Being gay is a gift from God,' I can tell you that."


The comment was so controversial that Winfrey invited Bacon back four days later via video link to explain himself. "Tell us, what did you mean by that comment?" Winfrey asked. "I meant exactly what I said," Bacon responded with a wide smile. "It is so important for every human being to understand that he or she is a gift from God, and particularly people who are marginalized and victimized in our culture. Gay and lesbian people are clearly outcasts in many areas of our life, and it is so important for them to understand that when God made them, God said, 'You are good.'


Rev. Bacon of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California has been described by Pasadena Weekly as "one of the most socially progressive religious institutions in America." One really wonders what they are progressing towards.


Rev Bacon is confusing the issue between having a same sex attraction and taking part in homosexual acts. He is including these significant differences under the heading of “gay”. He has failed to acknowledge that God loves the sinner but hates the sin. He loves all people because he made us but he really dislikes sinful actions such as homosexual acts.


He is correct when he suggests that God loves everyone especially those who are marginalized in society. People who have a same sex attraction are loved by God even though they may have a disability. We all have some type of disability, sometimes it is visible to others and sometimes it is not. As a Reverend in the Episcopal Church he has failed to proclaim that homosexual acts are disordered and sinful. This is why I think Oprah Winfrey was so surprised to hear him say "Being gay is a gift from God." She knows that what he is saying betrays the gospel that Jesus revealed to us.


The video of both Bacon's original statement and his follow-up interview with Winfrey can be seen below:






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10 comments:

Euripides said...

Those who practice homosexual sex have to pretty much distort the word of God, or much more commonly, deny it exists. Such twisting of religion!

Who is John Galt said...

When you see all trials as gifts from God then yeah, it's a gift from God. Just like becoming a quadriplegic from a horrible auto accident. But I would never wish either on anyone. I have a friend that struggles with same-gender attraction and I am so proud of him for maintaining his high moral standards as much as he does. But I know how much he suffers and really pity his situation.

the pomegranate apple said...

this is just another example of using media to normalize the belief that being gay is okay.

thanks secular!

Pearl said...

Using the media AND religion to normalize homosexual liaisons. Ho ho ho! And here I thought religion was the arch-enemy of gay activists?! I guess that's only true until it agrees with them.

Secular Heretic said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. I'm pleased that other people see it the same way I do.
I think people who have a same sex attraction really suffer for it. There are not many options open to them. Celibacy is their best option but that demands a struggle and commitment in a sex saturated society. They really do need our encouragement and support in this.

thejournalistachronicle said...

This Reverand's comments seem like the epitome of justification for sin. I agree that homosexuals have a really had time, but there are treatment programs that have been successful. With this being the information age, I can't believe that so many people are suffering when it would be really easy for those who want it, to find help.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading the words "God hates"...

Who is this god that hates?

You can not be taking about God Almighty that created heaven and earth in seven days because when He was done He saw that it was "All Good".

God's love for us is unconditional like all parent's love for their children.

It is not God that hates...

Hate is a product of us humans here on earth...

Sezz
South Africa

Secular Heretic said...

I partially agree with you Anonymous. God does love us with out conditions. Even with my own children I would love them no matter what. Sometimes I dislike their actions even though I still love the person.

My love attempts to image the love of God. God loves all of us but hates our sin (actions). Perhaps hate is the wrong word but it gets the message across that God does not approve of certain actions.

Perhaps this verse could be translated in a better way.

Deuteronomy 16:21-22 (New International Version)
21 Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole [a] beside the altar you build to the LORD your God, 22 and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the LORD your God hates.

Anonymous said...

Is it not correct that God made everyone in his own image? then in some way God must not disapprove of homosexuality because HE made us this way. I'm a 19 yr lesbian and i would like to think that God could see past who i fall in love with, because my love for the woman i love is as valid as any mans love of a woman. If not more so because i wouldnt dream of cheating on her.

And i would like to point out that being gay is NOT a disability.

i totally agree with what Bacon said!

Secular Heretic said...

I don't think God blames us for our desires. Where our desires come from I don't know, could be God, genetic or societal factors.

The important thing is, is that some desires should never be acted upon while others should.