You’d think that the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart’s message for those needing grace and redemption would be one of compassion and empathy mixed with the truth. After all it was Jimmy Swaggart that begged for grace and forgiveness more than a decade ago after it was revealed to the world that he had an active sexual addiction and was caught soliciting a prostitute. However, last week Rev. Swaggart made the anti-Christ statement that he would, “kill any gay man who looked at him romantically”.
It never ceases to amaze me how insecure some men are with their own manhood and masculinity that being the object of same sex attraction threatens and frightens them to the point that they would consider murder. Unnatural as same-sex attraction is, it is as repulsive to God as every other sin and just as forgivable.
As the President of the world’s leading outreach to those affected by unwanted homosexuality and a key educational resource for the church at large, I am thankful that Rev. Swaggart’s message of hate is now more the exception than the rule in Christendom. I believe that the years of irrational anger and hatred for the same-sex attracted is coming to an end within the Body of Christ. I am proud that ministries like Focus on the Family through their Love Won Out Conference and Exodus International have helped make a life changing difference in the Church.
It is my prayer that Jimmy Swaggart and all others who have been the undeserving recipients of grace will in turn offer grace to others and that the hateful rhetoric that God abhors will end. After all it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance.
Mr. Swaggart, I think you should apologize for misrepresenting Christ and hurting a group of people that already hate the Church for this very reason.