Clay Aiken: Articles Juxtaposed

Interesting juxtaposition:

In a Christianity Today article, Clay Aiken talks about his deep Christian faith.

In an article to be revealed in People magazine tomorrow, he says:

“Yes, I’m Gay.” The cover also has the quote: “I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things.”

Comments?

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10 thoughts on “Clay Aiken: Articles Juxtaposed

  1. As image bearers, all we do speaks either truth or lies about God. Some of our sins against each other are more profound because they violate that very image instead of just property.
    All sin is sin, but not all sin is the same (which is why there were different penalties in the OT).
    Sexual sin in particular speaks lies about God’s relationship with us- as if He is a promiscuous or perverted God. As we break more & more barriers, our hearts become increasingly given over to that sin- we experience bondage to it. This is part of why it is so hard to repent of such sins.
    But the grace of God, granted in Christ to those who believe, is greater than our sin.
    As people put the sinful desires of the flesh to death in the power of the Spirit, they again begin to speak truth about who God is- that He loves what is good, hates what is evil…
    Perhaps Clay is living a life of repentant celibacy- I don’t know since I am not into American Idol and want to follow his career. I hope that is where he is coming from- but as with the other Christian musician who just came out of the closet, it is usually to justify their lack of repentance. Thankfully, those who repent are justified & washed and able to begin again (that doesn’t mean they’ll suddenly be hetero). But it points to everyone’s need to put their sin to death, and how Jesus came to save sinners- even big ones like me.

  2. For what it’s worth to the conversation, I think it’s important to consider that conversing about homosexuality, specifically the latest celeb to come out of the closet can turn into a cycle of finger pointing, Bible quoting and essentially beating a dead horse unless someone is actually ministering to a gay or otherwise sexually immoral person. If not the conversation is just a case of preaching to the choir.

    As mklasing mentions: “Sin is sin”. The distinction that I see however is that God, according to His Word does seem to make it known that all sexual immorality, including homosexual practice(s) is extremely unpleasing to Him (wicked, See: 1st Corinthians 6:9). The way I’ve come to understand this is that these are sins against oneself, wherein the Holy Spirit resides; so doing so grieves God’s Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

    God does tell us though, that regardless of the temptation, He is faithful in providing us victory over it (1st Corinthians 10:13), which is perhaps what Clay or any of us need to have preached along with the highlighting of the sin.

    I know that whenever I sin against God, I might be able to go a day or so without talking to Him and confessing, but eventually I do come around because I do know that I’m dead wrong, which I think is the difference between one saying that they are a “Christian” and one living as a Christian per God’s documented standards. If Christ lives in us and is Holy, therefore unable to abide sin, then it just seems impossible for any professing Christian to live counter to a Christ centered life.(2nd Corinthians 5:17)

    For Aikens’ sake I hope that this is a case of spiritual immaturity and ignorance, not willful disobedience. To close here’s a few verses from Ephesians (5:1-9) that may serve to help anyone having an opportunity to minister to a brother or sister in Christ that’s struggling with sin of a sexual nature …

    3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

    Grace and peace be with you.

  3. Newcomer: That is funny!

    But seriously–He’s gay? Well knock me over with a feather.

    Okay–now seriously–for real this time—Twilight has it right here I think. I used to be (years ago) one of these Bible slammers when it comes to homosexuality. Then I came around to understand that sin is sin–regardless of whether it is cursing, homosexual behaviour, excessive drinking. The difference is–each one of us, although bent towards sin, are bent towards different sins. What may be easy for some to overcome or not even be tempted by–may be a minute by minute struggle for others. I know that the God that built the universe is big enough to heal ALL sin–including homosexuality. But Clay, if these articles are correct, is really doing something that is blatantly awful–he is acknowledging God while at the same time “shooting the finger” at God on the issue of homosexuality.

    There is a verse (I’m bad at quoting) that says that it is better not to have known the truth at all than to know it and purposely defy it. (hebrews maybe–someone help a brotha out here).

    -Murphy

  4. Wow!!!! No where did I say that the Bible says homosexuality is okay. In fact, from a former homosexual, I KNOW that God has the power to redeem even the vilest of sin. But, it takes more than a head knowledge of His commands. You can throw Bible verses at someone ALL DAY LONG, but it may not make a person turn away from their sins. You can give them rules and regulations, but it will not take away the longing to be with someone of the same sex. The Holy Spirit must be apart, and He must convict. If Clay Aiken grew up in church, then he knows that the Bible forbids all types of sexual sin. However, it seems as though that doesn’t matter to him. That is why I said that it is not that easy. I don’t care if you agree with my sentiment or not. You know how hard it is to turn away from your sin, because you do sin EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. Does just knowing what the Bible says keep you from sinning against God? If it does, then you must be more righteous than I!

  5. twilighthunter111, if you can show us where God has said that homosexuality is O.K., please go ahead and throw that verse at me.

    The God who created us and loves us created us male and female for a reason. And he created sex for married people only. I’m 36 and God has not yet blessed me with the right woman, so I am still a virgin. Clay is under the same rules as I am — no wife, no sex. I still hope and pray that God will work out the details so that I run into the right girl one of these years, but if he doesn’t, I’m not going to go against the rules he set up. Those rules are for our own benefit, as well as his.

    Not everything we want is O.K., and not everything we want is what God wants for us. The question is whether we trust in him or not.

  6. He cannot hide things?

    Hmmm, let’s see… what’s this under the rug? Aha! A page from Romans Chapter One!!!! I knew it.

    Okay, just being sarcastic. I repent.

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