In the Queer & There section of your paper, the July 5 article entitled "A life in tension" by Mallory Everhart could have been very heartbreaking as she shared her personal testimony about growing up gay in a Christian context. I'm sure what she, and others, may have experienced concerning their "queerness" has been very real but can also be very subjective.
As she shared her personal story, I was drawn in to her "tension" until she became a drama queen with her over-exaggerated examples. She immediately went to the religious boogeyman that Colorado Springs has "almost" 50 percent who identify as Evangelical Christians.
So, what about the other 51 percent? She claims this amount of conservative Christians supposedly causes LGBTQ people to feel "unsafe" in this town. I know of no evangelical mega-churches in Colorado Springs that rant and rail against gay folk: not New Life, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Pulpit Rock, Fellowship Bible, Mountain Springs, Calvary Chapel and about 100 more — and I've attended most of them.
However, the LGBTQ group should realize that "evangelicals," as a whole, believe homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. But, that does not mean God doesn't love gay people, nor do we hate them. We are all sinners. The Bible tells us, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
My concern is why she would even want to push her LGBTQ agenda in an evangelical church when she knows what their church doctrine proclaims. She also rants about conservative politicians that are elected in our town — I guess she forgot about Richard Skorman as president of City Council.
She says, "There is a deep wound here, and Christians have caused it." Yup ... it's us bad, old Bible-believing Christians who keep you from living out your lifestyle. The only "tension" is differing ideologies and worldviews and pushing progressive agendas.
Having said that, the vast majority of El Paso County citizens would say there is an incredible amount of freedom and diversity and tolerance for gays in Colorado Springs — in spite of the supposed evangelical stronghold.
— Rev. Tommy Latham, Colorado Springs
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