Love is love, not a sin

Morgan Levy, Staff Writer

On Monday Nov. 14, the Bucknell Campus Christian Ministry (CCM) released their bulletin in which a homophobic response was given to an anonymous student’s question: “I think I have feelings for another man. If I never act on them, will I go to hell?” 

Instead of offering a message of comfort and acceptance, the CCM did the complete opposite. The ministry relented that it is the “actions behind the feelings that often lead us to sin.” In other words, they equate same sex attraction to a tendency to sin. They went further by saying that such feelings can be repented through the sacrament of confession because the Mercy of God can wipe away any sin, “even grave sins such as homosexual acts.”

Such a message of hate creates a state of non-inclusivity at our university. Despite Bucknell’s DE&I statement promising “to foster an environment in which our students engage with, understand and appreciate perspectives, people and cultures that may be very different from their own,” the administration’s lack of accountability invalidates such a claim. 

There is no “commitment to diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the institution” when a religious organization is projecting that being a part of the LGBT+ community is a “misplaced sexual desire” that we must rise above to live a “pure life.”

One may argue that such a message by the CCM is their entitled religious belief, but such belief is not an excuse to discriminate against the LGBT+ community and to create an environment at Bucknell University where students do not feel comfortable to express their sexual identity freely.

So I would like to do a better job at answering the anonymous question on the bulletin. First of all, I am sorry. I am so sorry that you were met with a response of discrimination rather than the love and acceptance you deserve. Homosexuality is not a sin. It is love. 

As a woman of faith and a part of the LGBT+ community, the following verse resonates with me: “The lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness’” Jeremiah 31:3. I know that God loves me for the human I am and who I love. 

Your sexuality is a beautiful thing and not something that needs to be repented immediately.

The CCM describes homosexuality as a battle of sin and temptation, but the real battle at hand here is lack of acceptance of sexual identity and thus, discrimination towards LGBT+ individuals. Research completed by The Trevor Project, an LGBT+ advocacy group, found that 73 percent of LGBTQ youth report that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lives “and those who did attempted suicide at more than twice the rate of those who did not in the past year.” Homophobia is a blatant threat to mental wellbeing amongst LGBT+ individuals.

There is nothing wrong with you or who you love. What is wrong is the lack of acceptance the LGBT+ community is met with, time after time. Love is not a sin because love is love.

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