Arts & Entertainment
Former Entertainment Weekly Writer Comes Out As Gay Christian On YouTube
Grady Smith Claims To Abstain From Acting On His Feelings Without Shame
Originally printed 6/27/2014 (Issue 2226 - Between The Lines News)
Former Entertainment Weekly writer and YouTube amateur Grady Smith posted a video on his channel Thursday coming out as a gay Christian who chooses not to act on his sexual feelings.
"I choose not to act on my gay feelings because I think the bible says that that's not a good idea so I don't. To me, it's just simple obedience and that's not shame based," he says. "I'm not ashamed of who I am ... I'm not reacting to shame, I'm trying to honor Jesus by living my life the way I think that the bible tells us to."
Smith continues on to say that regardless of his personal beliefs, there is a "special type of condemnation" reserved for gay people that he feels is unjustifiable by scripture.
"I've found that my storyline - the guy that's gay but not acting on those feelings and also a Christian - both Christians and non-Christians have almost no imagination for that."
Smith intends to use his YouTube channel to examine his experiences as a gay Christian who does not act on his feelings but does not view himself as "ashamed."What do you think? Can someone identify as LGBT and Christian, but "abstain without shame"?
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