I am a Christian. I was raised in a very southern Baptist home and accepted most of the southern Baptist teachings as gospel, including the belief that homosexuality was a sin and perversion. Although I knew that I had a desire for same-sex encounters, for fifty-four years I fought against that desire and remained without male sexual contact during the years that I was married to my wife and for seven more years after the divorce. It’s now been nearly thirty years since I began attending King of Peace, an MCC church where diversity was accepted and encouraged. I can finally shout hallelujah that God created me a gay man. Recently, my partner has been communicating with a Jewish man in Israel. The Israeli told him that the word “hallelujah” means “praise to God.” I think I have known the meaning of that word for a long time, but I never before realized that the “jah” at the end comes from “Jahweh,” the old testament name for God.
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