Anonymous said: I go to a baptist church. Would your stance on being gay differ because of your denomination? How do you approach the scripture on "song follow your heart because it's deceiving?" I'm trying to follow God and see if it's possible for me to be gay and follow Him completely.
Our stance will always be the same: being gay is another way in which the Creator has made us unique and beautiful.
I think you meant 'not following your heart' because it’s deceiving. Perhaps you’re thinking of scriptures like Proverbs 3:5— trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Unfortunately, this has become a popular stock phrase among conservative Christians. They use it for everything from the science about human sexuality to the science about climate change. In its current use it has come to mean 'trust your pastor's or denomination's interpretation of the Bible without question.'
Would you believe some things don’t have the same meaning today as they did then? That includes the Hebrew word leb, translated heart. Unlike in English where we assume heart to exclusively mean your feelings, here it means your innermost self: your mind, will, heart and understanding.
A better way to interpret Proverbs 3:5 is to trust God with your whole innermost self and don’t assume you have all the answers. If we do not assume we have all the answers, we should be more willing to question what we’ve been taught to believe, to examine an issue from all perspectives (religious, scientific, emotional, testimonial), and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us to the truth.
More and more Christians are finally listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing that God blesses people of all orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We have looked at the science. We have listened to the testimonies, and most importantly we have considered the perspective of love. Love does not harm its neighbor, and religious condemnation of the LGBT community has done an awful amount of harm. Telling people not to love has done an awful amount of harm. It is not of God.
To love and be loved is the most basic human desire. So I ask you, is there so much love in the world that God would discriminate against one kind?
PS, Baptist is not synonymous with anti-LGBT. There are close-minded Baptists like the Southern Baptist Convention, but there are also welcoming and affirming Baptists.