Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church has recently made some not so shocking statements about homosexual children. He believes that parents should cast them out. Out of their life's and into the devils life. Because apparently just because your child likes different types of sex than you do they don't deserve a spot at the dinner table. Nor do they deserve to be treated like a normal human being.
John MacArthur said this on his churches show "Grace To You." One the show they kind of just talk about Christian issues and occasionally take questions. The question that prompted MacArthurs response was simple; "My adult child just came out to me. What do I do?" Instead of telling he or she to love their child and wish the best for them in their life or to pray for them he says to separate from them if they're Christian. If they are not Christian they're simply "Acting like non-Christians." Which is weird to me because it seems like he thinks all non-Christians are gay but Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, and Jews are also against homosexuality. But I digress.
His opinions that you have to separate from your child because they're gay reminds me of the opinions held by the parents of teens who have been kicked out because of their sexual orientation. It reminds me of the author and readers of How To Train Up A Child. Both these groups have done harm to the mental and physical health of young minds because of their "god." To honor him. To prove that he is almighty. To them the horrible acts done by Christian parents are holy. Yet to anyone with a functioning mind can see that they are doing nothing but cruelty. Yes, I realize that not having a dinner with your adult child really isn't as bad as the parents who beat and force their kids to pray for doing something wrong. But it's still harmful. On a much lesser scale yes, but still on the scale.