We’ve seen Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Ed Dobson’s The Year of Living Like Jesus, and now there a new “year of…” hitting the shelves. For one year, Timothy Kurek decided to live as a gay person. Kurek comes from an evangelical background, but he turned his life upside down in order to produce his new book The Cross in the Closet.
He did everything that a person would need to do in order to make himself appear to be gay. He had to “come out of the closet” to his family and friends. Which means that he lied to them for a year. He took a job at a gay coffee bar in Nashville, TN and began moving in gay circles. He did everything except actually have a gay relationship. The charade he put on was apparently pretty convincing because he fooled a lot of people.
What was his goal in all of this? To put his own evangelical convictions about homosexuality to the test. At the end of his project, he decided that he no longer believed homosexuality to be a sin. He no longer calls himself and evangelical, and he’s now looking to join the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To read more about Kurek’s project and book, read CNN’s report here.
I have not read the book and do not plan to, but I do have a few quick thoughts about the premise of this project:
1. This was not a Christian posing as a gay person. This was a liar posing as a gay person. No person who would so fundamentally deceive and manipulate friends, family members, and the gay community could credibly be considered Christian (John 8:44; 1 John 1:6). The lie he perpetrated traumatized his parents and other family members. I can’t believe he kept this up for a year.
2. You don’t go to the gay community to form an ethical judgment about homosexuality. The bottom line for all of our views should be what scripture says. But that doesn’t appear to be the case with Kurek. It looks like his journey has led him to the dead-end of theological liberalism.
3. There are many people within the gay community who are not happy with Kurek’s project, and I don’t blame them. I didn’t like it when a non-Christian spent a year pretending to be Christian, and I don’t like it when a “Christian” spends a year pretending he is not. In both cases, deception and lies are at the core, and it’s wrong to treat anyone like that.