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: