Is it possible to pray the the gay away? By now most of you have seen the video of a “formerly” gay man proclaiming, proudly in front of a church, that he is no longer gay and denouncing homosexuality all while looking like an Antoine and Blaine extra. And for those of you who haven’t, I will provide you with what is sure to be the highlight of your day if not year.
As this man denounces his Madea impersonating past and makes the proclamation that he, “don’t like mens no more,” I began to think; can one actually pray away their sexual orientation? I mean, either you’re born that way or you’re not right? Some will argue that homosexuality is a choice, while others say that’s the way they were born. So the question is, if you are born gay can faith and prayer change that? You can’t change the color of your eyes, by praying, can you?
Some will look at this video and scoff at the ridiculousness video. And how could they not? The way the guy speaks and dresses brings to mind a gay Carlton Banks, who is no more straight than Young Thug is (the jury is still out on that one), not to mention his mannerisms are slightly questionable. Also, the growling like DMX in the recording booth and his claiming that he likes women alot will have you believe that he is trying hella hard to convince himself (because most watching it aren’t buying it) that he is straight.
But all of this goes back to skepticism about praying the gay away, aren’t we as Christians, taught that Christ can do all things and that, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world?” So, why wouldn’t it possible that Christ can change a believers sexual orientation, if one so desired to change?
This is the same God, that can provide a way when there isn’t one, heal sickness and help you when you are struggling. Those of us that are believers, are taught that there isn’t anything the Lord can’t do and to trust, have faith in him, and lean not on our own understanding.
And herein lies a problem, by saying that the gay can be prayed away, is essentially saying that homosexuality is a disease that needs curing, or a problem that needs fixing. Neither of which makes much sense to me, since one’s sexuality is one of many traits, much like height or eye color that we are born with.
But getting back to faith, a true Christian should know the power of faith. It has been passed down from generation to generation, and without unwavering faith in the Lord, how can one consider them self a true Christian?
So having said that, if we are true faith-filled believers, this man’s claim doesn’t seem that far fetched now does is it?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
Breazy Luther King.