“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. He will renew you with His love. He will rejoice over you in singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
Dennis Jernigan is a Christian singer-song writer who has made this biographical movie, Sing Over Me, about his life as a means to bring hope to others that may be struggling with the guilt and shame of homosexuality, as he once did.
Dennis grew up in a Christian home but at a very young age, after encountering an attempted homosexual assault and after dealing with what he felt was rejection from his father, he became convicted and confused about his homosexual desires. At the time, he did not know where to go or who to turn to as the church itself had seemed to be primarily against homosexuality. So, often being isolated and alone he found refuge in music, looking forward to the time he had to spend at his Grandmother’s house, with her piano.
His battle with homosexuality continued from about the young age of 10 years old and on into college. He looked to Christ, but didn’t feel that He was listening or helping. Dennis continued to pursue the God he knew and trusted, but it wasn’t until years later, years of shame and guilt, to the point of attempting suicide, that Dennis knew that the Lord had heard him and delivered him from homosexuality completely.
Dennis had gone to a 2nd Chapter of Acts concert and when singer Amy stopped singing and began to prophesy, what she said made him realize that he didn’t need to hide anything from Jesus, no matter what it was. This truth really hit hard for Dennis and even more so, his realization that Jesus loved him. He knew then that he could give his struggles to Christ and in return, Christ would give him his true identity.
He describes his deliverance from homosexuality not to be a gradual one, but to have been a total transformation, a new creation that night at the concert. And from that moment forward he felt freed of his homosexuality and continued on to marry one of his college girlfriends, whom he has been married to for over 25 years and shares nine children with.
Dennis believes it all boils down to where we find our identity. He can see that earlier in his life and through his struggles with homosexuality that he was not identifying himself with God, but with man and what man thought and what man had expected. He wants Sing Over Me to show people who to identify themselves with. Not to identify with their failures or their pasts, but to find their identity in God. He wants people to know that the God who saved him is the same God for them and can do the same thing for them.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17