I’ve just gotten back from speaking to a packed chapel at Malone University, and I had a blast!
If you’re not familiar with Malone, it’s a Christian school in a more conservative denomination; their official view is that gay relationships are sinful. They’ve been sponsoring a series of “Worldview Forums” in which proponents of diverse viewpoints are offered a chance to debate in front of students, and yesterday, they held a forum on the subject of homosexuality (and, more specifically, gay Christians).
I was speaking along with Christopher Yuan, whose story is very different from mine: He lived a promiscuous life of gay sex and drugs before coming to Christ and leaving that life behind. He continues to be attracted to men, but he’s committed to celibacy, and he typically doesn’t identify himself as “gay.” Christopher and I have very different views on the Bible, being gay, and other topics, so a debate between the two of us seemed a natural fit for this forum.
The thing is, neither Christopher nor I like to do debates. So although our event was set up kind of like a debate, we framed it as more of a gracious conversation with two divergent points of view. We each answered a series of pre-determined questions, and then the audience was offered an opportunity to ask impromptu questions of their own.
Going in, I was incredibly nervous… about trying to fit my answers into the short time for each question! But in the end, it went well, and you can watch a video of the event below.
Of course, if you’ve heard me speak before, you might hear me reuse a few jokes. Shhhhhh! Don’t tell, and we’ll just pretend I’m always that witty off the top of my head. 😉
P.S. If you want me to come speak to your group, you can contact me to set it up.