Gay Teen Worried He’s Christian!

This article was sent to me by a friend who is gay. I can’t quite decide if it’s hilarious or unfortunate? I’m leaning toward it being really funny…

What do you think?

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Scott

    Considering that “The Onion” is a humor website….

  • Mrs T

    Good satire! I hope we can laugh at ourselves and not get bent out of shape!

  • Andrew Marin

    Yeah, I know it’s a humor site … I just think it’s a direct result of where our culture is at right now that this is actually considered hilarious. I do think the article is funny; but I also think it’s kind of sad for the reason I mentioned above.

  • Kathryn

    mmmm i think it’s pretty hilarious.

  • Seth

    A friend of mine also sent me the same link. It’s kinda funny, but cuts too close for me. Thirty years ago (you do the math) I was a Christian teen who realized he might be gay. It was a personal disaster for me–confusing and very painful–and I spent the next two decades doing then undoing the damage. The social context was much different then: the Reagan era was in full swing and evangelicals had remarkable influence (Jerry Fawell and the Moral Majority come to mind). Anita Bryant was crusading to roll back a gay civil rights victory in Dade Countly, Florida. I didn’t think there was any safe place for me then, and looking back I can’t say whether one truly existed. Heaven knows I don’t need to take myself so seriously, but I wouldn’t wish that kind of inner conflict on anyone.
    I thank God that things in the church are a little (perhaps ever so little) more relaxed these days, and that people like you are trying to start and maintain a dialogue between gays and evangelicals. Some corners of the evangelical church are a little wiser now, and the secular world is much less uptight about gays than it was 30 years ago. So we can have a chuckle at our own expense. And in the secular world we have all but set ourselves up as colossal targets for satire like this, on account of our own pompous self-righteousness (I can imagine the exact converse of this article in an old issue of “Moody Monthly” or the “Covenant Companion”). But I recall a recent posting here about an anguished Christian teen who called you after being attacked while away at college–I don’t think he would find this article very funny at all, do you? Didn’t think so.

  • Jon Trouten

    Gotta love the Onion…

  • Andrew Marin

    Seth – Heavy brother. Thanks for sharing.

  • Iven from Canada

    I thought it was extremely hilarious.

    (After i found out it’s a joke. Mmmmm satire.)

    This is a joke right? lol.

  • David Foreman

    As a formerly confused spousosexual, I thought it was very funny.