I want to thank you, all, for your words of kindness and affirmation. When first I read the comment I responded to in my last post, I reacted by simply deleting; then I felt compelled to respond. Now, as you see, Anonymous has responded in the comments to that post.
Anonymous, I thank you for writing again and not simply hiding out in the face of all the comments here.
I most certainly believe in sin. I believe that the world is broken, and that we human beings are broken, and that we need the love and saving action of God in Jesus Christ in order to be healed. I preach about sin to my congregation, certainly (not every single week... but often enough to get their attention).
Where you and I differ is that I do not believe same-sex love and the sexual expression of that love are sinful. I will not go into the biblical exegesis here; suffice to say that biblical literalists (which you appear to be) pick and choose which portions of the scriptures they wish to enforce, while claiming they are being faithful to the whole thing. This enterprise, ultimately, is bankrupt.
You sound young to me. Whether you are young or old or middle aged like me, I encourage you to read some viewpoints other than those to which you have been exposed thus far. Read "Jesus, the Bible and Homosexuality" by Jack Rogers for a start. He does a wonderful job at explaining the tiny handful of verses that are used against people like me. Do not take my word for it; obviously, I have a dog in this race. But Jack is a lifelong Christian, a professor, married to a woman...someone with absolutely no reason to take his positions beyond his understanding of scripture.