We will all begin to face choices like this. As Christians, we need to think through now how we will act on our belief and faith. We need to pray for wisdom. We need to pray for courage. This is the time to be bold for Jesus. This is a time to show love.
“They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ’s suffering and death.” ~Apostle Paul Galatians 6:11-13 The Message (MSG)
And consider this.
“Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message.” ~Apostle Paul Ephesians 6:19-20 The Message (MSG)
“We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Chaplain Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.”
The Kentucky regulation clearly states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand. Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.
“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
via The Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin | Fox News.