A former pastor says he's overwhelmed
by the positive response to a blog post he wrote in support of his
future possibly gay children.
John Pavlovitz published the post,
I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent,
on his personal blog. He told WBTV News that more than 1.5 million
people have read the post.
In the post, Pavlovitz says he often
wonders whether “I'll have gay children.”
“Maybe it’s because I have many gay
people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in
my tribe,” he wrote.
“Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of
students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian
kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part
of the Church.”
“Maybe it’s because, as a
Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to
be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly
clear at every conceivable opportunity.”
The father of two vows to love his
children if they turn out to be gay.
“If my kids are going to be gay, well
they pretty much already are,” he wrote.
“God has already created them and
wired them, and placed the seed of who they are within them. Psalm
139 says that He, 'stitched them together in their mother’s womb.'
The incredibly intricate stuff that makes them uniquely them;
once-in-History souls, has already been uploaded into their very
“They are today, simply a younger
version of who they will be; and today they’re pretty darn great.”
The former pastor at Good Shepherd
Church UMC in Charlotte, North Carolina told WBTV
News that he was moved by the response his post received.
“What I was not prepared for in any
way, were the literally hundreds and hundreds of people who have
reached out to me personally to thank me for bringing some healing
and hope to their families; for giving them a message they rarely get
from Christian leaders,” Pavlovitz said.