Focus on the Family gave a loving interview with Alan Chambers relating to his book God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door. We’ve discussed the book before here, and I don’t wish to linger there. But in the question and answer format, Chambers did make two comments that I believe go to the heart of how Exodus sees it’s purpose for existence.
At the suggestion of motivating Focus’ readers to dig deeper in the book, Chambers said
I think the biggest motivator is that homosexuality affects everyone. Whether we like it or not, it absolutely goes into every segment of our society — from our personal lives where our families are concerned, to the schools where our children go, to the communities where we live, to our church, to our pastors — and then when it comes to our religious freedoms.
And when discussing why people doubt his claims of “thousands of men and women who have left homosexuality”,
And then in the gay community, I don’t know that the entire gay community would doubt that change is possible, but the mantra that comes out from those who lead the gay community is that people can’t change. Because if we can, that really invalidates their story, it invalidates the special-rights status they’re seeking.
Exodus has long since given up on any but the most fragile pretenses of providing support services to ex-gay strugglers. The “information” provided on their website is factually incorrect, outdated, and full of “missing” footnotes. Exodus has long since put networking between ex-gay groups a far distant priority behind speaking at church rallies designed for heterosexuals.
What then is the purpose that justifies their existence?
I believe the above two brief comments serve to illustrate what has become the primary function and purpose of Exodus International: to fight against civil equality for gay citizens.
Chambers sees the intersection of Christians and gays to be a political one and when challenged to speak directly to Christians his response is to pose their fellow gay citizens as a threat in society. A threat to families, children, schools, communities, churches and pastors.
And Chambers views the purpose of his testimony as a political action, an invalidation of gay citizens’ requests for equal treatment under the law.
Amidst all his talk about the church being careful to select appealing language, and not to view homosexuality as a sin greater than others, lies Chambers’ primary purpose and goals: to fight against the physical lives, freedoms, and equalities of those gay persons who do not accede to his religious demands.
And this, my friends, is the very definition of oppression.