Pat Robertson of the 700 Club has always stood against gays/lesbians/bisexuals/transgenders stating that they are living in sin and out of the will of God. I remember as a child watching the 700 Club and enjoying the music. My family believed in God and we were raised in the word of God. Everyone during that time spoke against the GLBT community and here I was a 10 year old boy with special feelings but unable to identify those feelings and emotions. As I grew older I began to feel like a bad person for feeling these emotions and feelings inside myself. That bad feeling would take me 25 years to become who I am today with love and joy in my heart. There are millions of children today listening to these religious leaders speak hate but feeling special on the inside and hating themselves for these feelings especially transgender youth. I speak to all transgender youth that there is nothing wrong with you and how you feel on the inside. God has made us in his own image and we are all God's children. You are beautiful as you are and special in the eyes of God.
But most recently Pat Robertson stated homosexuality is somehow similar to demonic possession and here is the quote below:
"The world today says 'OK, so you are gay, you want to have affairs with men -- that's cool. You have an absolute right to do that, why not?' That's not the right attitude. The attitude is that this is sin. It's wrong. And [this man] realized it was wrong but couldn't control it. But that type of conduct is wrong… he is obsessed. He has a compulsion. I would think that it is somehow related to demonic possession…"
The word sin means transgression of devine law or otherwise moral evil. But in Romans 3:23 it states For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. I understand that to be everyone on this earth that live today has sinned and falls short of the glory of god even Pat Robertson and the 700 Club. "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18). "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace" (Ephesians 1:7). The bible has stated God will forgive us of any sins at all times if we ask him. But I think the question to ask Is Being a member of the GLBT community a sin? My answer is No. I do not believe Pat Robertson and the 700 Club has the power to judge other human beings on this earth since no man or woman are perfect and without sin in their own lives. I believe Pat Robertson loves God but his love does not supercede my love for God or my rights to being a child of God. Serving Christ is a personal independent journey to be lived by each individual not a collective group or organization. Pat Robertson and the 700 Club are not perfect Christians as we have noticed over the years. In Romans !4 it states let us not put one man over another or judge one another but walk in love. Romans 14:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
To all My GLBT sisters and brothers God is love. God is not about hate. Pat Robertson as well as so many religious leaders try to spread hate against the GLBT community for being true to themselves. I have lived as a African American Gay Male for 10 years and now I am African American Transgender Woman for the last 16 years and God loves me unconditionally and I am a child of God with all rights and priviledges Each Christian has the right to pray to God individually and seek his/her purpose in life. God loves straights and gays, blacks and whites, prostitutes and evangelists, rich and poor. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 states:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Pat Robertson when talking about his male married friend who went out strolling for sex with other men while his wife sat home clueless should have advised that man to be honest with himself and his wife and his family. The real message in that is to stop living a lie and lying to others about who you are. For years I have seen married males of all races actively seek out encounters with gays and transgenders while lying to their families. The message I believe is Stop Lying, Stop being Deceiftul, Stop being a Hippocrite and Start Being Honest about Who You Are and What You Want.
Toni Newman is African American Transgender Writer, Law School Student and Author of Memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman.