Alan Chambers just doesn’t get it. The Exodus International President expects gays and lesbians to be moved by his words of compassion, but any gay or lesbian who knows their worth will hear only patronizing and insulting condescension in his words.
Here is Chambers speaking at the Third International Congress on World Evangelization (the Lausanne Conference), held in Cape Town, South Africa, last month:[flv]http://capetown2010.IStreamPlanet.com/Multiplex01_Sat_Seg1_Sexuality_WEB30036567.flv[/flv]
Here is Chambers castigating Christians for what he believes is their greatest sin towards homosexuals:
We, as the Church, have not viewed homosexual people, gay and lesbian men and women, as starving, hurting, broken, lost people in need of compassion.
I believe that God looks upon these people in the very same way that he looks upon those AIDS orphans, those starving orphans in parts of the world that have no alternative.
Maybe sometimes that will mean that they walk into the church with their fishnet stockings coming in from the job that they had all night.
I lived in the gay community for a period of time and it was one of the best counterfeits that I’ve ever experienced.
We are largely the most uneducated people on the face of the planet about compassion and reaching out. We have a long way to go.