I am also unconvinced that I can trust those around me. Now, though, she believes that we should provide for people to have family and to be legally protected. As the state nears the final rounds of consideration for a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage — an amendment that has seen decreasing support in the polls — the Boltzes now are among many Christians who have come to accept same-sex relationships. Even if the legislature approves the amendment and sends it to voters in November, they hope public opinion continues to move so swiftly that the measure is doomed at the ballot box. As the only state considering a constitutional ban this year, Indiana has put itself under the glare of a national spotlight as ground zero for the debate over gay rights Opponents also see more tangible risks if the amendment passes. Since then, Boltz has performed at several churches of the Metropolitan Community Church, a gay-affirming Christian denomination.
We are woefully inconsistent with our pet issues, and that is why is it hard for liberals to find consistency in what we preach. He was married to his wife Carol Boltz for 33 years 1975-2008 , and they have four children Karen, Philip, Elizabeth, and Sara. That decision threatens, virtually promises, to estrange them from both the religious culture that nurtured their art and the loyal audience that provided their income. Carol and Ray Boltz now have seven grandchildren. He was gay, and he had been trying not to be gay since his teens, and he had inhabited and indeed thrived in a fundamentalist Christian culture that instructed him he could pray to be delivered from his affliction, his sin. Unrepentant Christians — whatever the sin may be — have as much to fear as Ray Boltz.
Ray Boltz officially came out to the world as a gay man through an article in The Washington Blade. We met in Bloomington, we bought our first house in Bloomington, we're the directors of Bloomington Pride. Everyone has to work that out for themselves. Though Boltz was married to wife Carol for 33 years they are now divorced but still working together and he had all grown now , he said in the article that he had been attracted to other men since he was a young man. Ray is a doting grandfather, his ex-wife said, and the family often gathers for meals at a local Pizza King restaurant when Ray and Franco visit. But, we have to read the scripture with the discernment of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You received the 1990 Song of the Year award, and I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb received the 1994 award for Inspirational Song. I do stand up for social change where I can. Especially not when we have a situation like we have with Boltz, who walked away from a covenant he made with his wife they also have kids. When Ray came out, the family long had followed a fundamentalist Christian faith tradition. Evidence from twin studies does in fact support the conclusion that heritable factors play a role in male homosexuality.
There are some that feel that his giving in to the temptation of sin and succumbing to the homosexual lie wipes out every shred of value that his music ever had in the world and that he should be shunned from the body of Christ until he repents and changes his ways because he can not receive forgiveness until he actually repents from the sin. But I realized I could write whatever I want, and that opened up the floodgates. What it changes: It would elevate Indiana's current law banning same-sex marriage to the Indiana Constitution and likely would prohibit the state from recognizing civil unions or other similar arrangements. How does your music reflect your beliefs? There were lots of Bible studies on campus. Didn't Jesus die on the cross for all people's sins? Notice the emphasis on how I felt. Whether or not Christians are, in fact, hypocritical is irrelevant.
References External links Official website. They and their families plan drive to Chicago for a legal courthouse ceremony beforehand. He is currently , another well-known figure in the Christian music scene who came out as gay and had to start all over again. I did not come out publically at the same time. Boltz had felt something unbearable, something paralyzing.
This song came in second in a Billboard Magazine contest in the Christian Music category. For most of her life, Carol happily attended a Methodist Church. Now, after an equally long absence from the stage, Boltz is finally ready to sing about it. Things are changing because people are standing up and living authentic lives, said Ray Boltz, 60, who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. We also need to lose the self-righteousness, wherever it exists, because it is toxic.
Doesn't all sin separate people from God? I knew it from when I was a little child. It would be ideal, Perfetti said, to have a fully legal ceremony in Indiana. These days, the Boltzes have similar views. Genres Occupation s Singer, songwriter Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar Years active 1986—2004, 2008—present Website Raymond Howard Ray Boltz born June 14, 1953 is a singer and songwriter who first came to wide notice in. Boltz did say in the article that he had been praying for change almost all of his life. We have a responsibility to point this out and make it clear that this is unacceptable. No one sees this tragedy; they would rather recite Bible verses and build a life that is comfortable for themselves, excluding the very ones they are condemning.
But she, too, has adapted, after a spiritual journey that she credits with broadening her perspective and leading to new understanding and friendships. Overcoming religious doubts was not easy for the Boltz family. His music is his personal expression and its own source of satisfaction. Is that the answer that Christians brag about? It just seems that that was what Jesus did: He reached out to people who were judged, and he didn't judge them, Boltz said. One thing that pretty much anyone on either side agrees on, however, is that Ray Boltz needs the prayers of the community. Ray came out to his family the day after Christmas 2004.
Any husband or wife who finds out their spouse is gay, will undoubtedly face a variety of frustrating situations and want many questions answered. He describes the source of inspiration for a song he is working on currently. Learn more about Ray and hear his music at Information about Soulforce:. Now, he says he's found peace. They do love on me and that means that they do correct me. For Carol to let go of the marriage she had so happily embraced for 30 years was no easy task. He has remained a recording and touring artist and a Christian and released an album in 2010, True, which tackles topics from the fallout, such as the self-explanatory Don't Tell Me Who to Love and Who Would Jesus Love as well as songs on hate crimes and opinions of political conservatives.