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Introduction to my new book
"Scared Straight:The Manipulation of the LGBT Community by Society and the Church"
A friend came to me two years ago with a heavy heart. Much to his dismay, his daughter had revealed her ‘secret’ that so many parents wish they had never had knowledge of. Certainly in ‘church’ circles, and also in the secular world, the subject of homosexuality is taboo, or at the very least, one to be ignored and swept under the carpet.
The disappointment of parents and family to learn their precious child has committed the unpardonable sin, the one act that apparently cannot be forgiven. The soul searching begins in the mind and heart of the parents. What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently? Maybe if I only loved them more. A litany of thoughts, mostly condemning thoughts, flood the brain. Everyone’s lives are forever changed when those dreaded words are spoken aloud: ”Mom, dad, I am gay." Hearts sink, parents cry, their worlds have just collided.
This subject is as difficult for the one coming out as it is for the family members who are hearing it for the first time. No child wants to disappoint his or her parents or family. Society has made it difficult and, even impossible at times, to admit or believe that homosexuality could ever be a part of the family fabric. It can’t happen to my son or daughter, or my father or mother. It is a reality, and needs to be looked at objectively if possible.
It is not my intent to make this about the parents. There are no victims here. There is only ignorance. This discourse will surprise most who read it. I run the risk of being scorned by the church community for the findings contained herein. Some risk that is. My outside the box thinking has separated me from them for many years now.
This will be written from a Biblical perspective, but not necessarily from a religious point of view. There is a great difference in what the “church” believes, and what God actually said. The institution of religion is completely and entirely about control, the control of the people. That is primarily done through guilt and fear. How better to control than to tell fearful people that they will burn in Hell if they do this or that? Be on the lookout for my next book, “Hell?? No !!” which will be available soon.
I am not writing because I have an axe to grind or a soap box to stand on. Truthfully, I have been putting this off for some time, as I don’t want to touch this messy subject. I have sat with many gay people, just asking questions as they come to me. I have always wanted to know the real truth behind this subject, knowing that the church has no idea of truth on this subject. I have listened to parents cry and wail about this subject and their failure as parents. I have seen parents completely disown and disavow any knowledge of their child. I have seen parents actually go through a funeral process, declaring their son or daughter “dead to them." Will somebody wake up and start thinking, please?
Not all parents fit this description, as many today have chosen to be loving, caring, and accepting of their child’s decisions and journey through life. I applaud you if you are in this category.
I will be approaching this subject from many different points of view, tying everything together in a lucid and concise manner. This book is not meant to be a covert way to “convert” anyone to Christianity or any other religious opinion. The “church” has no idea of truth. More people have been killed in the name of religion than all other wars put together since the beginning of time as we know it. Feel free to skip over any parts that might offend you due to religious beliefs. I challenge you to read on, as you might be surprised by what you read. The church world will want to vilify me after reading this, but this is nothing new.
As you read through this work, I hope that you search your heart and understand that no one out there is exactly like you. We all have differences and disagreements with each other regarding all areas of life. Acceptance works both ways. Straight people want gay people to accept them even if they are not tolerant, and not all are tolerant. Actually none of us are tolerant of everything. Each of us has issues. We are not tolerant of everythingt. Gay people want straight people to be tolerant of their lifestyle, but not all straight people are willing to be tolerant. We have to find a way to get along in spite of our differences. My kids listen to music that I don’t like, they eat vegan food that I do not eat, they buy my grandchildren Christmas presents that I don’t agree with, BUT, I love them anyway, and overlook our differences. They would say the same thing about me. They would say that I don’t understand the next generation, which is true, so we agree to love each other and choose our battles wisely. Winning the war is much more important than winning the battle, so let them go, please. Pick another one to win. Don’t let people’s lives hang in the balance.
I have purposely not included testimonials in this book, as I want you, the reader, to be the testimony of how God has touched you through this material. Please share your story with those friends that you surround yourself with, and in so doing, quite possibly can help them change their life as well.