To the Editor
Many Christian publications use the term “gay” as a synonym for homosexuality. Phrases such as “Gay marriage” and “gay rights” appear frequently.
Christians should thoughtfully consider using the proper term “homosexual” in their discussion of this subject.
The word “gay” means “joyful”, “carefree” or “happy”. The last decade of the 19th century was “The Gay Nineties” due to the perception of this an era as a time of prosperity and freedom.
Restaurants, radio shows, popular songs, movies, books, and even works of art and television programs incorporated the word “gay” as a way to recall the nostalgia of this period of American history.
A generation of parents named their daughters “Gay” and the word was even used by men as a shortened form of “Gabriel”.
By the 1960s, the word “gay” became a synonym for homosexuality. According to a June 1976 article from The Times, the term was preferred as an alternative to some of the derogatory terms for homosexuality.
So, a word that originally described a happy, carefree person was now synonymous with homosexuality simply because it sounded less offensive.
Since then, if we are to believe the polls, homosexuality has slowly become more acceptable.
As Christians, we do not believe that homosexuality should be excused as normal behavior, a lifestyle choice, or the way an individual was born.
Before we use a term like “gay,” we should consider why that word was chosen as a synonym for homosexuality, so it wouldn’t sound as bad.
Isaiah 5:20 warns us about calling evil good. Our society excuses sinful desires and behavior by giving them harmless names. The abortion advocates now speak of “reproductive rights”, and “women’s health choices.”
Such discourse is a sign of our culture’s moral corruption. Let us not add to the confusion.
Dr. Joe Wiggins
Old Zion Hill