At Rutgers University there was a freshman who was very good at playing the violin. He seemed to be a nice, howbeit frail person, and he lived with another student. This freshman asked his roommate if he could have the room to himself for several hours on this particular night and the roommate agreed. But what this freshman did not know was that his roommate and another student conspired to place a camera in the room and feed a live stream that showed this freshman and his male friend engaged in sexual activity.
But when the freshman found out he had been shown to the internet, he went to the George Washington bridge and jumped off, committing suicide.
My heart breaks for such hopelessness, and I am always angry at the smug and careless attitude of the church in dealing with gay people. The vitriol and hatred that emanates from many believers is absolutely without redemption, and the way the evangelical world has singled out homosexuality as some higher level of sin is self righteous. Who would be attracted to a church that cries more for their dogs than they do hopeless sinners? And what gay person would even consider the claims of Jesus if he feels his same sex attraction is an insurmountable hurdle before he could ever come to faith in Christ?
I have been on the George Washington bridge more times than I could ever count. To jump off it would indicate a desperation that I have never known. I grieve for sinners who feel so alienated from redemption that their own lives are no longer worth living. Shame on the church of Jesus Christ.