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Maarten van den Driest Responds

[Posted on July 6, 2001]

Dear Mr. Reed,

You write a vivid letter, one that deserves an answer. I will you give you an answer.

You are quite right in that I should repent. I shall do so now.

I admit before Jesus Christ and before the world that I sin of my own will and that I do much that is not desirable. I admit that I have done much that is wrong before other people and before the Eternal. I will endaevour to return to the path of Christ's teaching - since that is the meaning of repenting - and try to do His will before mine. Done. Happy now, Mike?

I think not. Because you want to hear something else, something that I will most surely not say. You want me to turn away from my own soul and my own heart and claim that I am heterosexual. In short, you want me to lie.

Let us discuss this in depth. We're talking about Christ's teaching anyway. What does Christ teach? That comes down to just about one bit of Scripture. When questioned on what the most important commandment was, Jesus said that the most important is to love God the most and your neighbour as yourself. That, dear Michael, is the sum of the Law. Any and all bits of biblical law must be understood through Jesus words or lead us astray.

Mike, do you think that Jesus would have written me a letter like you wrote? Do you think Jesus would have flat-out dismissed me as a liar? Do you think Jesus would have told me: repent or die? I think not. Jesus would at the least have dined with me and told me something inspirational. He most certainly wouldn't have threatened me into submission.

And to what shall I submit? To your will, Michael? Because that is what we are speaking of here. The things I have told you about Jesus' habits are from the stories in which he meets people on the wrong way in life. This does not cover me. I may do lots of things wrong but there is nothing inherently sinful in my sexuality. I do not rape people, I do not engage in ritual prostitution so what is the problem?

Biblical condemnations of homosexuality are, as you very well know, sketchy at best. I will not discuss those here as you do no effort at all to explain your ideas. And if you don't know then please go and study a bit more before you come out and hurt me. Micheal, hear me out. "Faggots go to Hell!" is not theology, it is not a well thought-out expression of spirituality. It is just hate. It has nothing to do with God.

I invite you to an intelligent, adult discussion. I recognise that you have a grievance against me and respect your feelings. How you can hold such dislike for people you've have never met is frankly beyond me but we all have our differences. I wouldn't want to judge you prematurely.

I'll end with a quote from the Bible. Best wishes to you, Mike, and the best of luck in love, life and work.

"For I am certain that not death, or life, or angels, or rulers, or things present, or things to come, or powers, Or things on high, or things under the earth, or anything which is made, will be able to come between us and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39