Last Monday night, I addressed the students of Boyce College about Billy Lucas, a high school student in Greensburg, Indiana who took his own life after suffering an extended period of bullying and abuse from his classmates. Just days later, the entire country heard the news of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University student who also ended his life after a cruel violation of privacy perpetrated by his classmates. The New York Times reports this morning that there have been several recent incidents in addition to these in which homosexual students have taken their own lives as a result of bullying or abuse.
What is going on here? And how are Christians to minister to homosexual persons in this kind of a context? I argued last Monday that Christians have a special responsibility to speak the truth in love as we reach out to homosexuals. That means that Christians must speak at least three things:
I didn’t say everything that needs to be said on this topic, but my hope and prayer is that I made a faithful start of it. You can download the message here or listen below.[audio:http://www.sbts.edu/media/audio/BoycePodcast/20100927-boyce-podcast-burk.mp3]
UPDATE: A commenter just asked if I would share my sermon notes, and I am happy to do just that. You can download them here.
UPDATE 2: Albert Mohler has a must-read on the same topic here: “Between the Boy and the Bridge: A Haunting Question.”