Today I’d like to write about an experience I had recently with a particular organization of writers of which I am a member. I won’t name the organization. (I need to make it plain I am not discussing ACFW, a wonderful Christian author’s group.)
As a beginning writer, I figured I needed to join several professional organizations which offer monthly journals, on-line support for authors, and a national convention. This group supports romance writers which is the genre in which I write.
Last week I picked up the July issue of the journal I receive once a month. The first thing that caught my eye was a book cover portraying two men kissing. My novel Ryan’s Father, to be released in 2014, supports the Christian worldview of the subject of homosexuality. It dawned on me, this journal advertises novels with a point of view opposite from the Biblical view.
As I read further, I found an article interviewing a lesbian author who writes stories about homosexual men. But it gets more intense. In the article she alludes to the sexual act of these men telling just enough to get her point across. I might add this woman was a presenter at the national convention.
Wait! This sounds like pornography to me. And I am a member of an organization with a journal where I would find these kind of articles. Let me report the disclaimer at the front of the magazine. Publication of material in the journal is not to be interpreted as acceptance or endorsement of the views expressed by the author, and advertising is not to be interpreted as evidence of the endorsement or recommendation of the items.
Okay, I get that. If this organization doesn’t support this stuff, then why do they feature an author with this kind of message and invite her to present a workshop at the national convention? Sounds like endorsement to me.
What’s my point? Call me naive, but as a Christian, I can’t belong to an organization which runs ads like this. Or interviews authors whose responses are X-rated and invites these writers to present at their conventions.
Now I’ve opened up a whole can of worms. But I believe my book Ryan’s Father says it all. I am not homophobic. I love homosexuals with all my heart. That’s one reason I wrote my book. I’ve got some family members that live the lifestyle.
God loves all of us. The bottom line is not homosexuality, but sin. Fornication or adultery. These are sexual sins, too. No better or worse than other sins.
Hey, I’m as big a sinner as anyone. But praise God, He sent Jesus to die for those sins.