Friday, 19 January 2018
I'd been attending church for a year and a half now, and although some sermons demonised gay people, I thought after talking with the senior pastor and his wife, that it would stop.
Sadly, it didn't. On Christmas, I heard a sermon that highlighted two gay dads that'd sexually abused their adopted son.
I cried the entire night after that.
I do realise that the point was that man is depraved and evil and perhaps that was just a convenient example. But how would the gay teenager sitting amongst us in that congregation feel?
So I just told myself I had to take 6 months off from church to reevaluate my membership.
I somehow, after a talk with my ministry leader and another guy and that guy's wife, managed to drag myself to church last Sunday.
But as I sat there, my heart was anxiously waiting for the next gay slur, and I was bracing myself for it.
I think I can't live a life like that every Sunday morning is a time to practice what's I've learnt in CBT to calm myself down. I think I'll probably develop an anxiety disorder in due time.
So I'll probably take some time off for now.
After all, I'm better alive than dead.
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