October 22-28, 2012
Church Ministry News
Taichung College Fellowship teaches youths how to love and accept gay friends
Reported by Chen Wei-chien
Written by Lydia Ma
PCT Taichung College Fellowship and Taichung Presbytery Gender Justice Division hosted a lecture on October 22, 2012 on how Christian youths can reach out and love their gay friends. They invited True Light Gospel Church pastor Rev. Chang Mao-chen to speak at this lecture because of his experience pastoring a gay-friendly church. About 80 college-aged youths attended this lecture.
“If homosexuality is sin, then, shouldn't gay people hear the Gospel even more?” asked Chang, adding that the solution to sin is to share the Gospel. Sadly, most churches’ response to homosexuality, both in actions and in speech, has kept gay people away and prevented them from hearing the Gospel.
Chang began his lecture by giving an overview of homosexuality and the differing responses from churches in today’s society. He then shared his experience pastoring a church that is gay-friendly and highlighted some situations gay youths have faced at various churches. He reminded his audience to think about what Jesus would do and to think about this issue from an evangelistic perspective. He underscored that Christians should stop bullying based on sexual orientation whenever they see it regardless of where they stand on the issue of homosexuality.
Taichung College Fellowship director Rev. Pan Chung-chieh told Taiwan Church News that many students had inquired about how to reach out to their gay friends and they had also asked him what he thought about homosexuality. He underscored that campus pastors cannot directly answer some questions posed by these youths, so, the latter must learn to think independently and make sound judgments. He hoped that these perspectives and teachings will help college youths treat people who are different with respect and love.