Milo Yiannopoulos has a natural knack for being a provocateur and rode that to a certain level of fame and prominence. But what he’s doing now is a whole *other* kind of subversive.
You may remember him from the burnings at Berkley, when rioters at the ground zero for free speech were protesting violently against Milo’s free speech.
Or how he was dangerous to the left because he refused to fit into their neat little boxes — how could someone so flagrantly and openly gay support *gasp* the Republicans?
And how could someone with his background say such nice things about Christians?
Like any provocateur, some of what he had to say went WAY past any line we were willing to endorse, but that’s how free speech is supposed to work. If someone says something ridiculous, the solution is a counter-argument, not exile.
Long story short, he was among the first wave of targets in Big Tech’s digital purge, and he sort of fell off everyone’s radar for a while.
Well, he’s back. As it happens, his interest in faith hasn’t diminished, but it has grown. Which brings us to the thing he’s done that is so shocking and scandalous to the Left:
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He has turned his back on the homosexuality that had once defined him and has embraced faith in Christ. He has looked to Christian examples of masculinity, rather than the inadequate definitions the world has offered.
In a recent interview, he declared himself ‘ex-gay’ and ‘sodomy-free’. Those, obviously, are fighting words in some circle. Especially the phrase ‘ex-gay’.
Two years ago, when Church Militant’s Michael Voris famously challenged Yiannopoulos to live a chaste life, Yiannopoulos was not defensive. Instead, he acquiesced, and humbly admitted his human weakness.
“I know everything you’re saying, and I’m just not there yet. And I don’t know if I’ll get there,” Yiannopoulos told Voris at the time.
It seems that he has now arrived “there.”
LifeSite: I imagine that to many who follow you, your recent decision to publicly identify as “Milo, Ex-Gay” may seem like a 180-degree turn. Are you also surprised that your life has taken this turn? Or is it unsurprising, a natural and perhaps inevitable progression in your life? I ask this because over the last few years things that you’ve said have hinted at being drawn in this direction.
Milo: When I used to kid that I only became gay to torment my mother, I wasn’t entirely joking. Of course, I was never wholly at home in the gay lifestyle — Who is? Who could be? — and only leaned heavily into it in public because it drove liberals crazy to see a handsome, charismatic, intelligent gay man riotously celebrating conservative principles.
That’s not to say I didn’t throw myself enthusiastically into degeneracy of all kinds in my private life. I suppose I felt that’s all I deserved. I’d love to say it was all an act, and I’ve been straight this whole time, but even I don’t have that kind of commitment to performance art. Talk about method acting … LifeSite
This just a small part of the longer interview, but it raises some key points. Perhaps the most counter-cultural of them all is this one:
The understanding of ‘identity’ we are force-fed by culture isn’t the only lens through which we can see ourselves. Milo found the life he had so publicly embraced to be unsatisfying at the deepest level. The bodily pleasures in which the world told him he could find comfort, meaning, and personal identity did not deliver as promised, and he has looked Elsewhere for that kind of meaning and identity.
The man he once called ‘husband’ has since been relegated to ‘housemate’. The changes in his life — though real — have been gradual.
It feels as though a veil has been lifted in my house — like there’s something more real and honest going on than before. It’s been a gradual uncovering, rather than a dramatic reveal. Maybe that lack of theater or spectacle is a sign the gay impulses truly are receding?
…I don’t mean to suggest it’s been easy, just simple: Our Lord endured worse than any of us and promised us that we have to take up a heavy cross each day. —LifeSite
He makes another point that has some great insight as well…
…Your readers will no doubt respond, rightly, that this statement demonstrates how far I have to go. The best advice I can give others in my situation is: Check your pride, not your privilege. So often it’s vanity or conceit or self-satisfaction that gets in the way of accepting Christ. Learn to catch it before it takes root, and difficult things suddenly don’t seem so difficult. —LifeSite
Check your pride, not your privilege. Strangely fitting, considering the name of that yearly parade, isn’t it?
It’s ironic that stepping back from the flash and drama of being a public provocateur has actually brought him closer to the One Thing that really DOES set one at odds with the world that rails against its Creator.
The single greatest way any one person can offend the world is the very same way Jesus himself did: by rejecting every empty promise would offer to tempt us to be just another hamster on the wheel, and turning instead to the God who made us.
Grace and peace to you Milo. Welcome home.
May God grant you strength for your journey… brother.
If there are any other ‘Milos’ out there, reading this, and wondering if God could ever welcome you back, He will.
No sin that any of us we might commit is so wicked that it is greater than the cross upon which Jesus himself bore our sins.
If you feel that longing to come home, that is evidence of God’s love and his invite for you to come home.
You are exactly the person he had in mind when Jesus told this famous parable (story) about the wayward son who left home, wasted his life, sank into sin and despair, and came crawling home — surprised to find himself welcomed home with joy by a loving father who had longed for the day of his return.
That story can be yours, too, if you want it.
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