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A Wheaton discussion of homosexuality

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If I could just tuck in one other thing: This is the world I helped create; I was an activist, I was a professor who authored [Syracuse] university’s policy on domestic partnership, which they still use today. I helped make this world, so I really feel for students. There is nothing about what they’ve said; there’s nothing about anybody’s response to me that was offensive in any way. In my heart, I felt huge solidarity and connection.

What advice would you give to Wheaton students who are struggling with their identity? I’m a mom and I believe that when a person comes to me with a specific question, you need to be given a specific answer. Here’s what I would do. If I was a professor and you came to me and said, “I am really struggling with this issue, and I don’t know who to believe—is sexuality fixed, is it fluid, is it a sin, is it a grace—I don’t know what to do,” I would take your hand and walk you across the street to College Church and introduce you to Pastor Stephen Lee and I would say, “Look. You cannot ask yourself these hard questions in the spotlight. You need to get in the church. … That is the safest place. Have the courage to go before the Lord Himself and take the hand of a godly pastor who is not going to hurt you and not going to shame you and is not going to betray you. But these are big questions. You need—and you deserve, God wants you to have—good discipling.”

As published in the Feb. 7, 2014, issue of The Wheaton Record. Reprinted with permission.

You are what—and how—you read

By Rosaria Butterfield, The Gospel Coalition, Feb. 14, 2014

Rosaria Butterfield
Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi/Genesis
Rosaria Butterfield
I just returned from a well-known (and well-heeled) Christian college, where roughly 100 demonstrators gathered on the chapel steps to protest my address on the grounds that my testimony was dangerous. Later that day, I sat down with these beloved students, to listen, to learn, and to grieve. Homosexuality is a sin, but so is homophobia; the snarled composition of our own sin and the sin of others weighs heavily on us all. I came away from that meeting realizing—again—how decisively our reading practices shape our worldview. This may seem a quirky observation, but I know too well the world these students inhabit. I recall its contours and crevices, risks and perils, reading lists and hermeneutical allegiances. You see, I’m culpable. The blood is on my hands. The world of LGBTQ activism on college campuses is the world that I helped create. I was unfaltering in fidelity: the umbrella of equality stretching to embrace my lesbian identity, and the world that emerged from it held salvific potential. I bet my life on it, and I lost. … Read more.

An interview with Rosaria Butterfield

By Marvin Olasky at Patrick Henry College, Jan. 11, 2013


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