Stratford Community Bible Church


Is an LGBTQ Club Right for Stratford?
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 02:13 PM

 Is an LGBTQ Club Right for Stratford?

My wife Lisa and I are conservative Christians and believe that homosexuality is sin.  That it is an offense against a Holy God.  Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Based on that passage of the Bible and others, we do not support such relationships, but we love and pray for anyone who struggles with their sexual identity.  Stratford High and other high schools around the country have begun offering LGBTQ clubs for the purpose of giving them a voice, a place to feel safe, and a place to be with others who identify in the same way.  But the question is, is such a group right for Stratford?   Our opinion comes from holding a Biblical Worldview, accompanied by much prayer, and reading many books on the subject.

So, is such a group right for Stratford?  To be specific, my biggest concern is that once you start a club like this you put your stamp of approval on an immoral lifestyle.   Kids who are struggling with their sexual identity don’t need to be encouraged to go down a dark road that can produce much self-loathing and even suicide.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LGBTQ teenagers are 2 to 7 times more likely to commit suicide.  The Huffington Post, on March 2, 2017, posted an article online entitled, “The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness”, by Michael Hobbes, who is himself gay.   It said that even with the increased acceptance of homosexual relationships, gay people are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode.   It went on to say, that in a survey of gay men who recently arrived in New York City, ¾ suffered from anxiety or depression, abused drugs or alcohol, or were having risky sex – or struggled with all the above.  

Stratford doesn’t have to do what the bigger, more liberal areas of the country are dictating.  I encourage you to talk to the School Board members and the Administration.  I talked to the Superintendent and the high school principal, and I felt like they listened respectfully and seemed to be open to my suggestions. 

These kids who identify with the acronym LGBTQ are made in the image of God.  They should be treated with respect and protected from those who would mistreat them.  That brings up another concern.  Kids who are perceived as effeminate or gay already have a target on their back.  If you put them in an LGBTQ Club, that target doubles in size.  I have heard from one parent at Stratford High School that the bullying has increased since the club was announced.  That parent also said it was causing division.

I am sure the school believes they are making things easier for these kids.  Instead, it seems as if things are getting worse.   Junior high and high school are tough enough to navigate as a teenager, but for those who identify as LGBTQ it is even harder.   Let’s give this some more thought and try looking for other ways to help these kids without putting them at greater risk, not to mention promoting a sinful lifestyle.


Pastor Bill Nesbitt

Community Bible Church
Stratford, WI 54484


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