Hope and Humor ‘zine: Sexual identity issue

February 15th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

Nearly one-third adolescent boys and many teen girls go through a time of questioning their sexual identity. With today’s discussions of “gender fluidity,” it has become an even larger issue.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, I want you to know I care about you.

If you’re straight, I want you to know that gender identity is a complicated issue. And when an issue is so complicated, compassion should be the first response.

So, I’ve attempted to write these excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as these recent posts with truth and grace, so thank you for your consideration and comments. (This may prove to be my most controversial issue of Hope and Humor, but it is well worth the risk to address these issues.) Here we go . . .

My sexual identity crisis

LGBTQ issues have sparked contentious debate. So, it’s time for me to “come out” and admit my struggle with my own sexual self-identity as a teenager. [Continue reading]

Is sexual identity nature or nurture?

Brain research seems to suggest that a disruption in one’s embryonic development, could produce a male with a “female” brain. This may give credence to transgenders’ argument that they are women in men’s bodies. [Continue reading]

However, two John Hopkin researchers claim there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that sexuality and gender orientation are innate traits. The complete report was published in The New Atlantis.

God and the Gay Christian conversation

The fight for acceptance of sex-same unions has moved from the gay community to the media to the states to the courts to “mainline” churches—and now to evangelical churches with Matthew Vines’ controversial book. [Continue reading]

God and the Gay Christian concepts

If you read just one post this issue, I’d encourage you to read, what I believe, are four biblical concepts. I’ve labeled it a “rough draft,” so I’d welcome your input. [Continue reading]

The B-I-B-L-E and LGBTQ

Homosexuality is one of the most polarizing subjects today in the culture, courts and the church. One extreme pole pickets with signs spewing “God Hates Fags.” On the opposite extreme are those in the “gay pride” movement waving their rainbow flags. And somewhere in between are sincere, Bible-believing Christians who are trying to find a balance between these polar opposites.

So, here’s my attempt to find a compassionate—and biblical—position between the two extremes. [Continue reading]

Why are some people so bent out of shape about homosexuality?

The late Fred Phelps and his followers became infamous for their picketing with signs declaring, “God Hates Fags.” Phelps message and methods have been condemned by both religious and non-religious. (See God hates godhatesfags.com). But, why does God—and many of those who profess to follow Him—seem so bent out of shape about homosexual behavior? Here’s my theory for your consideration. [Continue reading]

A ‘civil’ debate on same-sex marriage

Is it possible for opposing sides of the issue to get what they both want? Here’s my win/win proposal. [Continue reading]

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5 Responses

  • ConnieB says:

    My father was gay. As a Christian, this was hard to talk about in my church community. And when he was dying of AIDS, I isolated myself from Christian’s prayers, thinking I was protecting my family, especially my children, from whatever may have resulted had I been more vulnerable. It was a lonely sorrow.

    Thank you for dealing with this complicated area of our lives. God loves all people. May we do the same.

  • Pat H. says:

    Regarding your column on “Coming out”. I feel that your personal experience is the same one that occurs with many adolescents. The only difference is that many don’t have a Christian perspective to confront these issues. We are all created different and because some males have characteristics often given to females. doesn’t mean they were wrongly created males. Their uniqueness is the way God made them. Certainly we need males researching and writing from their perspectives. Not all males are :”jocks” nor do all females want a “jock for husbands. However, if a teen-ager had all those around him constantly telling him he was a homosexual, it would be easier for him to have a sexual relationship with the same sex or consider sex change surgery than it would if he did not have those around h reinforcing those stereotypes .
    We need to avoid labelling individuals homosexuals and calling them such. Instead we should encourage everyone’s individuality and accept him in the sex given to him at birth.. Most importantly we must remember that God has told us to love one another. If there is ay judging to be done, God is the only one qualified to do it!

  • Shawn johnson says:

    Hi Jim my name is Shawn Johnson I was introduced to you by Bill and Carol Nace. They shared some articles of yours on the subject of homosexuality I found them to be very insightful. I would like to receive more of your articles by email also I liked your facebook page.

  • Fay Smalling Guinn says:

    I heard you speak at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, Collierville, TN, March 18. Except for Zig Ziglar and Chonda Pierce I can’t think of anyone I’ve enjoyed listening to more. Not only did you entertain but you also informed. A tough twosome to perform with equal success. My question to the panel was the final one asked. It concerned the difference between Christian writing and a Christian author. You answered it with unique insight. Thanks for making the conference beneficial for late-blooming creative writers like me.

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