Today’s topic is a serious one and one close to my heart. I told you when I started writing here that it would vary greatly from one time to the next. It will sometimes be spiritual in nature, sometimes a gratitude journal, listing the things I am grateful for and sometimes it might just be pure nonsensical ramblings from this somewhat warped mind of mine. Sometimes it will be a work of fiction (based on truth) about a character named Aunt Omega. Today, I want to share something that I discovered online a few weeks ago. It has been one of the most enlightening things I have learned in a long time or maybe “ever”!!!
A lot of you who have been following my writing may not like today’s article, but I hope you will read it with an open mind. You certainly do not have to agree with it, but I have to write what is on my heart. I hope this will not cost me any of my readers.
I found a letter online, a true letter, written by an elderly Southern Baptist preacher, Bro. Bruce W. Lowe, who graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1936, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminar in Fort Worth, Texas in 1946.
Shortly after Bro. Bruce (a name I have affectionately dubbed him….I don’t know what he really went by) left seminary for his first pastorate in 1948 (the year I was born), he and his wife Anna Marie, were invited to Sunday dinner at the home of a lady named Louise who became a lifelong friend of theirs. More than half a century later, Bro. Bruce and his wife were having dinner with Louise again. Louise made a statement to Bro. Bruce that day that forever changed his life and through that, Bro. Bruce has changed the lives of hundreds, probably thousands, and I hope millions. Read what Bro. Bruce wrote about his visit to Louise that day:
“Shortly after I had gone from the seminary to my first pastorate in 1948, Louise invited my wife, Anna Marie, and me to have Sunday dinner
with her family. She has been one of our dearest friends ever since. Recently, during one of the many visits we have had since then she said to me “My brother hates God because God made him gay, and he knows he is going to hell, and I do, too, for that is what the Bible says.” At that time I had only some suppositions – quite negative – about homosexuality and had never thought it needed study. But her words made me want to know as much as I could learn.
When I began reading I soon realized things about myself I now deplore: I was ignorant of the many facts about homosexuality and what the Bible says about it. Yet, without facts, I had pre-judged it; I was prejudiced. With little thought I had read into the Bible what I presumed it ought to say instead of reading out of it what it did say. My idea of not needing to study the subject was pure anti-intellectualism. I am now grateful to God that He led me to study.
I read some two score books, most by eminent sociologists, psychologists and theologians. Then I wrote this letter to Louise, reflecting what I have come to believe is the truth about homosexuality, what the Bible says and what God wants us to think and do about it.
Now I want others to study seriously this matter of such importance to many lives and many churches and denominations. I asked for and received Louise’s permission to share her letter with others. I pray it may be helpful.”
I invite you to read ” A Letter to Louise”. I already believed that gay people are born that way. No one would choose to be gay. It is too difficult in our society. The possibility of being shunned, disowned by one’s own family, hated by total strangers, NO, no one would choose that! I also believed that God would not condemn a person for being gay. After all, HE made them that way and HE would also not condemn them to a loveless life. Men were not meant to be alone! But never had I seen it so well explained until I read Bro. Bruce’s letter to Louise.
If you have a family member or a dear friend who is gay and you have ever worried about their salvation, I invite you, NO, I implore you to read this letter. You can find it at godmademegay.com. I am so thankful to God for leading Bro. Bruce to this study and I thank God for leading me to find it. I believe Bro. Bruce W. Lowe has done for the gay community what Abraham Lincoln did for slaves and what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for blacks. I have exchanged emails with Bro. Bruce. Yes, he is still living. He is 95 years old and he has given me permission to use his letter in any way that I wish. I thank God for Bro. Bruce!