Fear and Loathing in La La Land
Why do they hate us? Why do they try to keep us from doing what is right? Why try to convince us to support an unhealthy agenda?
Recently, gay activists have attempted to persuade California (La La Land) legislators to outlaw all professional therapy and ministry to gays and lesbians, designed to help them find healing for their brokenness. They’re calling it “fraudulent schemes.” It would apply not only to therapists but also to ministers of the Gospel, as well as to any attempt to help the struggling homosexual via the media.
California has already outlawed such help for minors. Consider the mother whose child has been homosexually abused, is feeling same-sex attractions, and is now threatening suicide. She cannot get help for the child’s same-sex attractions. The child can’t get help, not even of his or her own volition, not even with parental consent.
This is very hard to understand. Jesus Christ can set the captive free. It is from love that ministers of the gospel proclaim this good news. For some of us, it is from our own experience as ex-gays that we shout from the housetops. We want everyone who wants to repent of their sin to know that they can be forgiven. They can be healed of those things that have been destroying their lives.
No one in the healing ministry or even in secular therapy is giving lobotomies to gays, or shock therapy, or imprisoning them in conversion camps. No one is forcing anyone to do anything! Gay activists have invented these fictions, perhaps subconsciously afraid that they might be living a lie.
They certainly have the right to remain as they are. But they do not have the right to misrepresent and slander an entire group of people. We only want to share the good news that has set them free from what is, overall, a very lonely and dangerous life.
Neither do such activists have the right to misrepresent the value of reparative therapy and Christian ministry for those who wish to leave the gay lifestyle. Often these people aren’t seeking change only for their emotional health. Often they’re responding as well to the call of Jesus to follow the moral teachings of Holy Scripture.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, people were leaving the gay lifestyle 2,000 years ago to follow Christ. By now, ex-gays must number in the millions! I have met thousands of them myself.
But gay activists don’t want you to know that people can be healed of the traumas that have created their broken impulses? Why not? Why do they rail against anyone who would point out such a thing? Why do they assail those who have experienced God’s release from sin and brokenness? Though it is common to find homosexuals who have been bullied in our day, many have become bullies!
The Dangers of Homosexuality
From the earliest research in the matter, science has shown without question that the gay lifestyle is dangerous for those who practice it. The cause of homosexuality is largely, if not entirely, developmental. After spending tens of millions of dollars trying to prove gays are “born that way,” all researchers have found is that genetics may contribute to a tendency. That’s miles from “born this way.” And it’s even further from “it’s normal and fine and healthy to be this way.”
Meanwhile there are mountains of clinical evidence showing that homosexuality results from trauma, neglect, abuse and/or a host of other unhealthy contributing causes.
Life expectancy among homosexuals is dramatically lower than the rest of the population. This is even true in the areas of the world where homosexuality is the most accepted and celebrated. They have significantly higher suicide rates, domestic violence rates, substance abuse rates, depression and other mental health issues. They experience an extremely high incidence of disease and other medical problems. Medicine has developed virtual specialty in the plethora of diseases that result from gay sexual practices.
So why would activists profess that gays are just as happy and healthy as everyone else?
Even more puzzling, why do they try to shut the mouths of anyone who disagrees? Don’t they care about their own people?
And why do they lie to lawmakers? Why do they seek to outlaw freedom of speech and religion — for those who are honestly and lovingly trying to help them?
Maybe it’s about the money. Maybe it’s about the power. For decades gay activists have misrepresented therapy and other ministry intended to help those who wish to leave the gay lifestyle.
Just one of the dozens of gay activist groups takes in over $40 million dollars each year, spends $11 million on salaries and a quarter million dollars to pay lobbyists to push their agenda in Congress.
All of that is put at risk if gays and lesbians are not born that way. It all comes to an end if it becomes known that it is a very unhealthy lifestyle. It all crashes to the ground if they can be healed of the experiences that helped cause their same-sex attractions.
Maybe it’s money and power; maybe it’s also about very broken people lashing out against anyone who gets in their way.
Playing the Victim
Activists take advantage of the generous and honest impulses of people who want to do the right thing for those who struggle with same-sex attractions. They have become masters at playing the victim. This emotional manipulation has been a well-known, published strategy of gay activism since the 1950s. But it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain their victim façade as they use their recently acquired power to silence those who speak the truth in love.
What is at stake here is the emotional and spiritual health of our children. They’re being sacrificed on the altar of denial, deception, money, power and political gain.
If you think you are doing the loving thing by supporting gay activism, you are wrong — very, very wrong. In reality, you are harming the very people you are trying to help. It’s time we stopped living in La La Land and did what is right for a change.