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SoulForce is a group of gay rights activists who have been traveling the country on an Equality Ride visiting different institutions that they feel have oppressive policies towards homosexuals. The 33 young adults targeted several evangelical colleges such as Wheaton, Biola, and Liberty. Well, on April 13th they visited Colorado Christian University which is about one mile from our church campus. CCU decided to use the opportunity in way that I found very commendable. They trained their students in advance, had SoulForce sign a contract, had a prayer booth on campus all day, had dialogue in several campus settings, and reached out to the riders with the love of Christ. They paired one student and one staff member with each rider. One of the ladies in my Bible Study Fellowship Class, Pam Austin, is on staff at CCU and she signed up for the job. Pam is about as warm-hearted of a Christian as you would ever want to meet. I was thrilled she would have this opportunity. After they left, our fellowship group met at Starbucks and she testified about how God used that entire experience to strengthen her faith and to give her a burden for the gay community.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (I Corinthians 6:9-11)
Not very long ago, people in our country were unfamiliar with terms like homosexuality, gay, lesbian, and same-sex marriage. The term homosexual was coined in 1869 by a Hungarian lawyer who was defending homosexual rights, and it was used as an amoral term. In fact, the term heterosexual was used in 1890 as a pejorative term to describe perverted sex between opposite-sex partners. The term gay came to the forefront of news coverage after the 1974 Stonewall Riots in New York City kicked off the current push for special rights for those who practice homosexual sex.