Wow this will leave you speechless for a moment. Why people feel the need to save everyone? Let people live their life and if they aren’t bugging you then don’t bother them. Mega church Mars Hill has moved to downtown Seattle which is southwest of Capital Hill a gay neighborhood, but the move has been called into question after a press release to KOMO news by the lead pastor, Tim Gaydos.
“This is an incredible opportunity to be a ministry hub for downtown Seattle as it will allow us to better serve the business men and women in our city, as well as the homeless and marginalized, as we’re closer to one of our ministry partners, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Also, being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the hill.” (source Huffpost Gay Voice)
According to ThinkProgress an LGBT blog and news site, Mars Hill has always believed that homosexuality is a sin and that they can “save sinners” through the love of Jesus — has not indicated that it’s partnered with Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Seattle-based advocacy group that serves people with HIV/AIDS, a red flag that the church’s only means of ministering to those “infected by AIDS” is to “pray the gay away.”
Whether their intention was good or bad, the Mars Hill church has already stated its feelings about homosexuality so its clear they are trying to save this neighborhood literally. The problem I have is the church was not there before the neighborhood and saying that they are going to target those infected by AIDS is assuming that homosexuality and AIDS go hand in hand. It would be helpful if church groups inform themselves on the topic before assuming that AIDS is a homosexual disease which it is clearly not. I just find the pray the gay away concept which there are actually church funded programs that do have pray the gay away camps is funny, sad, and childish.