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Ugly corduroy skirt brings campus together

Posted by / December 2, 2009


Rarely do fashion faux pas unite strangers for a cause. Well, unless it’s an episode of “What Not to Wear” and the cause is permanently disabling your mom’s wardrobe time machine. Annnyway, a student at New York’s Syracuse University managed to unveil his campus’ caring and accepting side with a simple, clever sign and a smile.

Syracuse junior Chris Pesto was strolling campus last month when he noticed two protestors holding signs that read, “Homosexuality is a sin, Christ can set you free.” Annoyed at the glaring hatred, Chris decided to start a counter protest because, in his words, “I decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.”

Channeling his inner Stacey London, Chris took note of the protester’s outfit, an ankle-length corduroy skirt (gasp!) topped off with a hoodie, and decided to fight fire with fashion. Breaking out the Sharpie, Chris created a sign reading “Corduroy Skirts are a Sin” and stood next the woman. Chris’ sign garnered a slew of chuckles and thumbs up, but, more importantly, drew a crowd of 100+ people who stood in support of gay rights.

Reflecting on the event in a Facebook Note, Chris wrote, “I never expected anybody to come stand by me and support and I appreciate it so much that everyone came! It meant so much and it proved to those ignorant people that we aren’t afraid, and we will put up a fight.”

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  • Lynne Bashaw

    Christ did not destroy sin He came to give us the power to overcome it.
    Christ came to forgive sinners and then told us to go and sin no more. John 8:11.- 1 John 1:8-10 and on tells us if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us ect.. 1 John 3:9 No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God.
    While we will always catch ourselves sinning and sometimes choose to do so , if the Holy spirit dwells in you , you will be convicted of that sin and repent [to turn and go away from] purposing in your heart to follow after Jesus.Practicing homosexuality is no more a sin than Adultery ,Lying Murder, Stealing and serving other Gods.Sin Is Sin and Christ Died so we might be Free from the Bondage of it.Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him , that the body of sin might
    be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; …
    God will Judge the sinner in the end for we all will stand before Him on that day., but He gave us guidelines to judge sin we do it everyday and our courts are here for that very reason, We Judge morally when we say to child do not Lie it is wrong ect.. It is possible to love the sinner hate the love a sinner, doesn’t mean to except the sin .

    Question: “Is there any place in the New Testament where Jesus actually condemned homosexuality? If so, I have not been able to find it. …It seems to me that if the Savior didn’t say it was wrong, then neither should we.”

    Answer: While it is true that there is no NT record of where Jesus explicitly stated that homosexuality is wrong, He did in fact condemn the behavior. A careful study of the Bible will bear this out. Please read the following Bible passages and then consider the questions which follow:

    1. And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matt. 19:4.)

    Questions: What did Jesus say about God’s creative work? Did He make Adam and Joseph? Did He create male and male, or did He create male and female? According to this passage, what has been God’s plan for sexual union [one flesh] since the beginning of time? Was His plan for a male partner to be joined to another male partner, or was it for a husband to be united to his wife? According to this passage, is a man to cleave to his male partner, or to his spouse?

    Consider: Since Jesus approved of His Father’s plan [i.e., one man, one woman, one flesh,] could we correctly say that Jesus condemned homosexuality?

    2. “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47.)

    Questions: What law was Jesus born under? What law did He live under? Answer: The Law of Moses (cf. Gal. 4:4.) Did Jesus endorse and follow the Law of Moses? What did the Law of Moses say about homosexuality? (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17.)

    Consider: Since Jesus was born and lived under the Law of Moses, and since He endorsed the Law of Moses, and since the Law of Moses explicitly condemned homosexuality, then could we correctly say that Jesus also condemned it?

    3. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for he will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:12-15.)

    Questions: What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do for the apostles? Answer: Guide them into all truth (v. 13.) When/as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into all truth; would He speak on His own authority? Answer: No, He would speak on the authority of Christ (v. 14.) What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do in verse 14? Answer: “He (i.e., the Holy Spirit) will take of what is Mine (i.e., Christ’s) and declare it to you” (i.e., the apostles.)

    Consider: Since 1) the apostles would be guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit, and since 2) the Holy Spirit would not speak on His own authority but instead would speak on the authority of Christ, and since 3) the Holy Spirit would take of what was Christ’s and declare it to the apostles, then by WHOSE AUTHORITY would the apostle’s speak/write/teach when the Holy Spirit guided them into all truth? Answer: Christ’s.

    Question: What did the apostle Paul [by Christ’s authority] say about the practice of homosexuality? (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10.)
    Christ died for ALL our sins and said to follow "Him". while we try we will always stumble, Thats why He came.