(AOL Black Voices) — Gays in the pulpit is a topic I shy away from in public for various reasons. However, gays in gospel music is an intriguing topic for me, in particular, because I so love Christian music of every genre and sub-genre. Sometimes, it’s one of these songs, as I’m driving down the road feeling low or cooking dinner with tears in my eyes, that comes to my mind and lips and revives my spirit, strength and resolve to persevere. First, let me provide you a brief background, lest you think I’m some new kid on the block with a shallow, skewed perspective and no knowledge of the Word of God. I was born and raised in the church. Because my father was chairman of the deacons and Sunday Sunday superintendent, all of us 11 children were quite active in church activities, from Sunday School to choir to Bible study to ushering to Vacation Bible School. We spent a considerable amount of time in church, and it remains an integral part of my life today. I proudly am a practicing Christian.