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?

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. 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!

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com 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.

  • http://thislovelyhaunting.blogspot.com 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.

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    Gotta love the Onion…

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Seth – Heavy brother. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://iven-me-see.tumblr.com 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.

  • http://www.lifewalk.info David Foreman

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


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