Some will ask how I can promote this new CD. My answer is not simple to understand, but it is also, like Ray expresses, true.
Ray Boltz has never done anything to purposely hurt me or cause me pain. He wanted nothing other than to let me escape his ultimate acceptance of his own God-given sexual orientation. Yes, it might have been easier if I'd known a little bit before the 30-year mark, but I didn't. And at the point when one person of a mixed-orientation marriage is gay, you have to deal with that reality. That is what I've done.
I am letting people know that if there were any other solution, we'd have found it. I'm letting other straight spouses know that if they are married to a gay person,you just might need to listen to, "God knows I tried," in order to realize that you are loved, but not in the way that you deserve. And when a parent or family member needs to hear the heart of a gay person, they might listen to, "I chose," and realize that gay people don't choose their sexual orientation. And for the Christians who struggle with their responses to gays in their churches and communities, I'd suggest that you listen to, "Who would Jesus love?"
And those suggestions are just so folks can TRY to understand how people who are gay feel in just a small way. If it takes a few "listens," so be it - there's hope if you will hear that same heart of Ray Boltz that you came to love before YOU knew.
True also includes serious songs, as well as some with humor, and for those who are trying to reconcile their faith as it relates to self-acceptance, this entire collection of songs are true and self-accepting. Ray has never written anything he didn't fully commit to, and this CD is no different.
Prior to this recording, Ray adhered to faith that fulfilled the stereotypical fundamentalist. Now, he's still sharing faith, but it is deeper and it's honest in a way that he never could share before.
Once you've heard it, I hope it helps you understand how I can support and promote this record.
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