Monday, March 21, 2016

A Mother Talks About Her Gay Son

photo by Jere Keys / flickr
"Freedom will not come

Today, this year

Nor ever 

Through compromise and fear...

is a strong seed

in a great need.

I live here too;

I want freedom

Just as you."

   --Langston Hughes

Denise Hutson of Clemson, South Carolina opened up her heart on a Wednesday night at the First Baptist Church, Clemson, South Carolina and told the story of her son's suicide. He was 30 years old when he took his life. His mother bravely told her church about this painful experience. He was gay and just couldn't come to terms with his sexuality.

And his mother began by saying: "I am going to be Artie's voice..." and she told the story of her son Artie Jr. and his journey as only a mother could tell.

I recommend her words to everybody. Parents all over are struggling with their gay children. Gay folks are trying to come to terms with the way God made them. And the church slowly, ever so slowly is having to open its doors and deal with homosexuality. Just about the time we think we have everything nailed down and settled--God sends us another challenge to see if we really do believe in the whole gospel.

God is using this grieving mother in a remarkable say to tell a story that needs desperately to be told everywhere. I thank my Pastor, Rusty Brock for having the courage to lay this issue on the hearts of our church family.

By the way at the end of Mrs. Hutson's presentation the church  gave her a standing ovation.

Listen to her words for yourself. years old/watch?v=C1rOynomsSQ

photo by Jere Keys / flickr

--Roger Lovette /

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. This mother of a precious, faithful, grown gay son really appreciates it!