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WASHINGTON POST: Jesus’s Message to Homosexuals

Randy Roberts Potts–you know, the grandson of Oral Roberts who made the “It Gets Better” video–wrote a wonderful thoughtful piece for the Washington Post and so I thought I would share it…

There is a story in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 2, about a little old man who wanted to be healed. He couldn’t get off his cot, but he’d heard that Jesus was in town, and that this Jesus was a healer.


Friends came by, took the sides of his little cot, and carried him through town to the house where Jesus was supposed to be, but, when they got there the house was so full they couldn’t get in. They pulled him, cot and all, up to the little thatched roof and proceeded to lower the man down. Jesus forgave the man his sins and told him he was healed and he could take his little cot and walk home. He was healed, instantly, just like that.

2,000 years later, there is a class of people in America who, like this little old man, are looking for healing. My people, as it were. Homosexuals. People whom my grandfather, Oral Roberts, and most of his generation, describe as an abomination. READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

On a side note: I received a personal email from Randy today. He just wanted to say “thank you” for posting the video on my site. How cool is that? I love the Internet!

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posted November 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

He is a very articulate man. I was a little surprised that he says he needs “healing.” That’s sort of how I think about it. One day we will all be “healed” and become what God intends us to be.
I am being forced to rethink my religious standings on homosexuality the last couple of years. Reading articles like this helps a lot.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Wow. Powerful article. Thanks for sharing.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I hate to quibble with the author, I just wonder if “healing” is the best word to use, in light of the numerous “pray away the gay” groups out there. I admit, whenever I hear people talk about “healing” gays, it’s always in that light, and I’m concerned that a number of readers may look at it in that same way. I totally get that’s not what he’s saying, but only because I watched his “it gets better” piece, but at 14 minutes, I’m not sure others will.

I love the piece, I’m just afraid that it will be picked up by any number of anti-LGBT groups as proof for something completely opposite what Randy intended.

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    posted November 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I hear your concerns with the use of the word healing. But as someone who was told for many years, I couldn’t go into ministry because I was a single female, healing is the best word. I wasn’t looking for a healing from being a woman. I was looking for a healing from the pain the church had inflicted upon me. I was looking acceptance as a person God loved. No I am not perfect. I am still on the journey but I was looking for the ability to be who God called me to be, experience God more. I believe healing is the best word for this.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Thanks, for posting the article, and thanks to Randy for helping us engage this matter.

One quibble with his metaphor- he writes about homosexuals needing “healing”, and compares them to the man who was brought to Jesus by friends. However, given the rest of his work, he seems to imply that the healing doesn’t need to happen to the “sick man”, but to the people who are making him sick with their judgment and condemnation.

Whether or not that is true is surely to be discussed here and elsewheres. I just wanted to draw attention to the twist in the Biblical example that he chose to use.

Thanks again!

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    posted November 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I agree with Leanne above – the illness that needs to be “healed” isn’t necessarily homosexuality, but the hurts inflicted upon those who are homosexual (or even just perceived to be) by the outside world – the kind of hurts that lead those people to commit suicide.

    I would also say it’s pretty sick (and indicative of a need for healing) that some choose to lash out against these individuals. (I won’t excuse myself from that, either – I constantly find myself asking God to forgive me for treating others poorly or hurtfully even if I try and make myself feel better by saying it was “deserved.” I don’t think of myself as a mean person but I also know my actions, all too frequently, don’t live up to the standard they should.)

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posted November 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

It’s a fantastic article, thank you for sharing it here. I think the part that bothers me the most is the author’s blurb at the end “Randy Robert Potts is the gay grandson of Oral Roberts…” Why is that the first sentence? Why is that what we focus on? Why don’t we just mention his work, as we do with other authors, and leave it at that? It would be much more unbias, loving and healing to do so.

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    posted November 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I get where you’re coming from, but I think the reason they mention that right away is to give context to the article, why he wrote it, why it’s significant that he wrote it, etc. Not just as the shortcut way to identify him without taking into consideration any of his accomplishments.

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posted November 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I don’t even care to read the article. As a homosexual, I would, but I’m very busy at the moment. I just would like to say that the guy in the picture is hawt. That’s my two cents. ;D

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Buzz Daly

posted November 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

Someone needs to tell Jesus that the Constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law for ALL citizens in the 14th Amendment is the law of the Land. It does not concern itself with what anyone, including Jesus “defines” anything as, or “says”. The First Amendment allows citizens to believe anything they wish without government interference. It does NOT grant anyone the right to discriminate against fellow citizens, and that is what you folks are doing. It might also be germane to the issue to point out that there is no evidence anywhere that any of the godfigures mankind has created for himself/herself exist anywhere but in the minds of those who choose to believe in them. So, how about enjoying your right to worship as you please, but, ALSO mind your own business and stop telling your fellow citizens who they can or cannot marry? Thanks.

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Thomas H Mixson

posted November 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

The question of acceptance or nonacceptance of Homosexuals is a difficult one… if one so judges from a amoralistic outlook. But, through study of the Bible one finds that God does and most certainly considers homosexuality to not only be a sin but also an obomination. It is stated clearly that not only persons that partake in such perversions have no part of the Kingdom, but even a nation that tolerates such will be spewed from the very ground on which that nation stands. Also, following the arguements that homosexuals have every right to live as they wish to do, and they were born they the way they are an so on, one could just as easily argue if they were born pedifiles they are well within their rights and are justified in seeking children to carry out perverted sexual relations with. Is it right for homosexuasl bishops of the Espiscopal Church to preach and teach that homosexuality is not only acceptable but acceptable to God when the very scriptures they base their church and faith on clearly condemns homosexuality as an obomination?? Or one might say they were born to be thiefs and robbers and that are just as within their rights to carry out their trades. Thus, we find ourselves, if we so choose to judge without having to answer to God, on a slippery slope indeed.

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