Blog note: Jude 1:7 …Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Emphasis added).
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Breaking taboos, a settlement bloc moves toward LGBT acceptance.
By TOI STAFF. 28 December 2018, 9:10 am
Jacob Magid, Settlements reporter.
In honor of Pride Month, I wrote a story about what “coming out” is like for LGBT youth in the settlements. I had the opportunity to sit down with a group of incredibly inspiring LGBT teens from towns in the Gush Etzion Regional Council, who opened up about their experiences coming to terms with a part of their identities. They shared the strides being made in their American-influenced communities that left them hopeful for the future. The story rather unexpectedly led me to camp out for two nights in a pair of settlement parking lots, talking to roughly a dozen closeted teens using Grindr, a geography-based gay social media app. The conversations helped illuminate the fears many of these youth face in disclosing who they are to the world.
While the goal of the piece had simply been to shed some light on a unique facet of Israeli life in the West Bank, after it was published I received emails from a couple of Gush-area teens who had read it and were planning on taking advantage of the new resources they had not previously known were available to them.
One of the activists I interviewed summarized his efforts as being about “lowering the price” of coming out for youth. I’m not naive enough to think that a news article can reduce the burden of such a decision, but I do hope that readers who have never struggled with these issues finished the piece thinking about the small ways they too can help create an environment — wherever they live — in which that “price” isn’t so high.
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