"If children start to believe that it’s okay to be gay then they will
think it will okay to be a pedophile or have sex with animals."
This is quoted word for word from pastor Dr. Ronald Ferguson of Antiloch
Church of God based in Harlem. He was referring to the second
annual celebration of gay pride in Harlem called Harlem Pride.
When I read this in the NY Daily News last week I went through many emotions,
shocked, disappointment, anger and disbelief that someone who not only
calls himself a pastor but also calling himself a doctor would say something
seems to be older voices, or if we have
to call them leaders, who are stuck in the past and not aware of the world
changing around them.
a “come as you are” philosophy.
Aside from them though I think for many in the church the only time they find
comfort with us is when we put a wig on and call ourselves Madea or if we’re
entertaining you in the choir causing you to clap and stomp your feet to
People quote from the bible but also those same people conveniently tell
you passages which are taken out of context. If we really were to follow
the many things the bible called a sin, we would all be sinners.
Yet it’s better to take passages out of context to suit their agenda.
Speaking to kids, the one thing I stress to them is that no matter what
you believe that everyone deserves respect and if your God tells you to hate
any of his children, I would start to question what God I’m worshiping.
Scriptures are meant to elevate not denigrate.
This hate is getting old and I know for me my gospel is one of inclusion
so I ask preachers and those who blindly follow, what’s yours?
For the pastors who speak out against the Harlem Pride,
I say don’t pray for me, I’ll pray for you.
It seems you need it more than me.