Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay, Raises Debate on “Gay Christians”
By James Brown, Crossmap On August 20, 2014
Vicky Beeching, one of the biggest names in Christian music in the U.S. and the U.K., revealed that she is a lesbian and proclaimed "I feel certain God loves me just the way I am." But Christians are mixed in their reaction on Beeching and the "gay Christian" debate.
Beeching, 35, who is famous for songs like "Great is Your Glory" and "Deliver," in which she declares that God can break any chain, said she has gone through exorcisms and prayers of absolution to cure her of her same-sex attraction but confessed that she is still attracted to females and it had been that way since she was 12. At 13, she said she went to a priest and confessed her sin but the priest's prayer didn't help.
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"It's taken all my courage, and all these years, for me to finally do this interview," she noted in a post on her Facebook page that includes a link to an interview published in The Independent Wednesday. "I am gay," Beeching revealed in the interview that has sparked and international discussion online.
"What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people. When I think of myself at 13, sobbing into that carpet, I just want to help anyone in that situation to not have to go through what I did, to show that instead, you can be yourself - a person of integrity," the rock star who is also a theologian and media commentator noted. "Realizing that I was attracted to them was a horrible feeling," she said "I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It became more and more of a struggle because I couldn't tell anyone."
Across the media-verse, there are differing responses to Beeching's story. While many have come out in support of her decision and called her brave, some have questioned the wisdom of her decision and the manner in which homosexuality is no longer being painted as a sin but an accepted way of life.
"And while it is absolutely true that God loves you even when you wrestle with same-sex attraction, He did not create you to be with other women. If He does not give you the grace to change your romantic attractions and sexual desires, then He will so fill you with His love and goodness and presence that His embrace will mean more to you than any human embrace. I appeal to you, Vicky, to go back to God once again, to recognize that His Word really is clear in terms of homosexual practice, and that you can advocate for freedom and wholeness in Jesus without advocating for homosexual practice. (In fact, if you advocate for homosexual practice, you will bring people into bondage, not freedom.)" - Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including Can You Be Gay and Christian, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.
"We do need to accept that, embarrassingly, the Church has not always got everything right in this area. But tragically it is Vicky who is wrong on the morality of gay sexual relationships. We are simply not at liberty to change what the Bible says about sex being for the marriage of a man and a woman (Genesis 1-2). We cannot alter this God-given picture of the eternal marriage of Christ and his Church (Revelation 21-22) with unity in difference at its heart. Jesus didn't -despite all his counter-cultural actions and words to women, tax-collectors, lepers and Gentiles -and neither should we. Vicky, and others like her, are wrong to try and change the essence of what the Church has always taught in this area." - Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel (City Centre) in Bristol and part of the team behind www.livingout.org
Beeching still considers herself an evangelical, although she no longer attends charismatic evangelical services and now prefers the more traditional services of London's main cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and Southwark. She likes being in churches where no-one knows who she is and where she is not likely to be asked to join the worship team any time soon. "No-one singing any of my music, which is nice." She also needed the kind of space where she could prepare mentally and spiritually for coming out, the more contemplative meditative space found in cathedral worship, in particular services such as evensong.