I agree with you that most people misuse the word HOMOPHOBE. I try to restrict my use to situations where irrational fear is present. Phobias are sad, but trouble those who have them more than they trouble those of whom they are afraid. My aunt had a phobia for germs, and as children we could smell when she had arrived, because she put rubbing alcohol on all doorknobs and plates. We loved her and felt that no amount of reasoning could dispel her fear. Yet she ate at all manner of restaurants with no concern at all. We tried never to suggest what she might find in the kitchen. I do not know you and certainly would not consider you a homophobe just because you disagree with me. I rejoice that we serve in a church where you are free to vote against me and I am free to run and be elected -- each of us trying to live faithfully as we understand it. May God have patience with both of us, and may we serve God more than we serve our own ideologies. Joy to you and to all whom you serve. LC Louie Crew, Ph.D., D.D., D.D., D.H.L. Member of Executive Council 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018-1222. 973-395-1068 http://newark.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/rel.html Anglican Pages ----- Original Message ----- From: *********** ************ To: email@example.com Cc: Fr. ***** ********** Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 7:53 PM Subject: Reality Mr. Crew, I was just wondering...when are you and the other revisionists in ECUSA going to come to the understanding that many of us who call ourselves "orthodox" aren't "homophobic" as you would have the world believe? First of all, the word "homophobe" means "fear of the same", and since I am not homosexual, fearing you or Mr. Robinson or Ellen Degeneres or any other homosexual person would, actually NOT make me a homophobe. I would be a homophobe if I feared other straight, married, God-fearing, Bible-believing women. So, I am most decidedly NOT a homophobe. Secondly, even if you were to continue to use the culturally-based usage of "homophobe" in saying that I fear homosexual people or having something against them, you would be absolutely incorrect. My friends and loved ones encompass people from all walks of life, but my social life does not determine my spiritual beliefs. The Bible does. If I say that the Word of God has authority over my life, then ALL of it must have authority over my life, not just the segments that please me and my human desires. My issues with the consecration of Gene Robinson are not over his being homosexual; my issues are over his steadfast refusal to acknowledge scriptural teaching that living in a same-sex relationship - without the merit of marriage as described for us in God's Word - is sinful behavior which must be confessed. He is openly unrepentant, even celebratory about his situation. I see it as no different than any other sin. I wouldn't want an openly unrepentant glutton or thief or murderer ordained as bishop. Key words: openly unrepentant. My third point is this: as a Christian who wishes to try to walk in the way of the teachings of Jesus Christ, I welcome any and all persons into my local house of worship, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor, young or old, etc., etc., etc. I will sit down and break bread with anyone seeking the Truth that is Jesus Christ. But, I will ALWAYS take issue with ANYONE who is an openly unrepentant sinner wanting to be in a leadership & authority position in my church. It's as simple as that. I am not just a lone voice in the wilderness, so to speak. My feelings are shared by many (if not most) orthodox Episcopalians. So, please, if you truly are a Christian, please stop labeling us a homosexual-hating conservatives who want to destroy your lives. We simply aren't, as much as you might wish we were. Prayerfully in His love, *********** ***********
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