Letter to the Editor: Sept. 4, 2015

Response to a letter in last issue

I must respond to the letter “An Opinion on a Controversial Topic” (Aug. 7 issue, Letters to the Editor). I am a gay United Methodist. I try to follow the General Rules. I seek personal holiness. I am a Certified Lay Servant, teach Disciple, coordinate the Social Justice program at my local church and have been a lay member of the Annual Conference for years. And yet, I am a second-class church member. I am “incompatible,” and unfit to be married in the church, or follow a call to ministry as clergy.

Being gay is not a choice; it is the way God made me. And I am not sinful or evil because of who I am. My faith remains strong despite the hatred directed toward me and the misinformation spread about me. I do not “force my lifestyle” on anyone; in fact, if I did, you would find it rather boring. And above all, I believe in loving God with all my heart and loving my neighbor as much as myself. (Jesus’ words, not mine.) Remove the log from your eye and get to know your LGBTQ brothers and sisters before you condemn us. Methodism is a big tent, with room for both me and you.

Harold Hughes
Quapaw Quarter UMC Little Rock

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