One thing that I can recommend since I identified myself as gay for many, many years, is reaching out in love to them. I remember walking out of bars, drunk, and being told to repent and be saved. I prayed every night, so I told them so and thanked them. Another beautiful experience I had was at a Mardi Gras in New Orleans: I was on a balcony with about twenty other drunks being unruly, to put it nicely, and a group of people came and stood before us praying and carrying a life-size cross. The impact of that cross and those people praying is still with me.
What I do is go to places like Yahoo where there are always inflammatory articles about homosexuality and the Church and go to the Comments section and start trying to make a difference. I’ve been doing it for years and had to develop a thick skin because, especially since I lived the gay lifestyle and tell them so, I’ve been called everything in the book. But, I always try to be as kind as I can and continue to quote the Bible and tell people to repent, and even suggest the Catholic Church and RCIA.
I’ve been having a conversation with a man this weekend (since you can access your old comments and address those who in turn have commented on your statement or asked you a question), and he seems to think God “made him that way” and doesn’t know his Bible. He’s very polite and has been with another guy for two decades and they have two children. I have tried to reach out to him and we don’t agree, but we have been communicating and have thanked each other for the kindness we’ve exhibited toward each other. I told him to pray for himself, his partner and children (and I don’t believe at all in gay couples adopting children) that God will show them the way through Jesus Christ. And I hope our crossing paths will make a difference in his life. It actually made me realize that I need to rethink my harshness on gays adopting children, too.
Sorry, but my fingers got going and wouldn’t stop. Thank you for wanting to help those who are now as I once was. People like you made a difference in my life. You can’t imagine the joy of leaving such a lifestyle behind and returning home to the Catholic Church.
God bless your week,