By Roy Wenzl
The worst day of Monte Vines’ life, or so he thought, was Jan. 2, 2010, when his son Matthew told him he was gay.
Matthew, now 24, has told about that day at length, in a book published in April, “God and the Gay Christian.”
He wrote about how his Dad was an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita. How his Dad warned that Biblical verses forbade gay relationships. How his Dad urged therapy. And how he and his father agreed to jointly study the Bible, revered in the Vines household as a bedrock of their faith.
Other parents have found themselves facing a child coming out. That’s one reason Monte agreed to tell his side of things.
His other reason is to explain why he changed his mind.
And what that cost.
Christianity Today had an excellent response & book review by Christopher Yuan on Matthew Vine’s book “God and the Gay Christian”:
Look at the logic liberals use to get their way:
1. My son tells me he has purposely chosen to break God’s law.
2. He says this is who he is and if I disagree I don’t love him.
3. He is my son, I don’t want him to feel bad about himself or me.
4. I must support his decision to sin.
5. Anyone who disagrees with me is MEAN SPIRITED and wrong.
6. If the Church doesn’t support us it is evil and even worse MEAN and UNLOVING.
6. Cry a tear that I am hurt and support us!!!!
Sorry I can’t go along with that logic. If God said something is WRONG, we must have faith He knows something we don’t and REPENT.
Would you rather your child do the right thing and be unhappy, or do the wrong thing and be happy?