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pipersvausemans said: This blog is wonderful. I wish I had it when I was growing up and struggling with my sexuality. I was always told how much homosexuality was a sin growing up etc, but it was in the teachings of Jesus Christ that I found acceptance. He preaches love, understanding, and acceptance. When no one in my family accepted me for who I was there was one person in the entire world that did. Jesus Christ. I am a stronger person for embracing my faith and sexuality.

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gaychristian:

APPARENTLY GAY PEOPLE CAN’T FEED THE HUNGRY
Colleen Simon, (left) was in charge of giving food to the hungry at her local Catholic parish in Kansas City, MO, as director of social ministries. It was known at the time of hiring that she was gay and those in charge of hiring her said it wouldn’t be a problem. But apparently it was, because she is now out of a job. Thoughts?

UPDATE: Colleen Simon is suing the diocese. She says she would not have accepted the job if leadership would have said her orientation would be a problem. More here. 

gaychristian:

APPARENTLY GAY PEOPLE CAN’T FEED THE HUNGRY

Colleen Simon, (left) was in charge of giving food to the hungry at her local Catholic parish in Kansas City, MO, as director of social ministries. It was known at the time of hiring that she was gay and those in charge of hiring her said it wouldn’t be a problem. But apparently it was, because she is now out of a job. Thoughts?

UPDATE: Colleen Simon is suing the diocese. She says she would not have accepted the job if leadership would have said her orientation would be a problem. More here

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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thechristianotaku reblogged your post “What advice would you give go a girl who is in a lesbian relationship and struggling with her sexuality? I love The Lord and I love my girlfriend. I read Matthew Vines’ book and even if the translation of passages are wrong, how do I know that my relationship is good and acceptable? I have been very depressed lately and I cannot sleep, during the day I cannot focus. I have been praying all day, every day. I am not happy right now. I’m running out of characters so I’ll stop here.” and added:

Your walk with Christ is your own, it does not have to look like anyone else’s.  God loves you and gives YOU the choice to choose who to love. So long as you aren’t  being abused or abusing someone, your relationship is good and acceptable.
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ya-dun-goofed-kid replied to your post “What advice would you give go a girl who is in a lesbian relationship and struggling with her sexuality? I love The Lord and I love my girlfriend. I read Matthew Vines’ book and even if the translation of passages are wrong, how do I know that my relationship is good and acceptable? I have been very depressed lately and I cannot sleep, during the day I cannot focus. I have been praying all day, every day. I am not happy right now. I’m running out of characters so I’ll stop here.”

In the book where homosexuality is laid out as a “sin”, wearing clothes of multiple fabrics is also stated to be a “sin.” A lot of the Old Testament (including what meats are unclean and what to sacrifice for what sin) is out dated. Love who you are.

I have to correct you a bit here and also add a few things. 

First, the concept of homosexuality wasn’t theorized until the 19th century. Second, Leviticus only addresses two men laying together and not two women because penetrating a man would have been understood as subjugating him to the status of a woman, as all women were the property of other men. Lastly it doesn’t say sin, it says abomination. Abomination—toevah—mean ritually unclean. If the author of Leviticus wanted to say this was wrong in itself they would have said zimah, which literally means wrong in itself.

Translations aside, God humans look at the outward appearance, such as a person’s gender. God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

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dadrielle replied to your post “What advice would you give go a girl who is in a lesbian relationship and struggling with her sexuality? I love The Lord and I love my girlfriend. I read Matthew Vines’ book and even if the translation of passages are wrong, how do I know that my relationship is good and acceptable? I have been very depressed lately and I cannot sleep, during the day I cannot focus. I have been praying all day, every day. I am not happy right now. I’m running out of characters so I’ll stop here.”

Ask yourself, does this relationship edify me and teach me to grow in love? Human relationship are where we learn to practice the selflessness and love God wants from us. If you are growing in love and also loving the Lord, I’d say you’re good!
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tothedaltonboyreadingthis replied to your post “What advice would you give go a girl who is in a lesbian relationship and struggling with her sexuality? I love The Lord and I love my girlfriend. I read Matthew Vines’ book and even if the translation of passages are wrong, how do I know that my relationship is good and acceptable? I have been very depressed lately and I cannot sleep, during the day I cannot focus. I have been praying all day, every day. I am not happy right now. I’m running out of characters so I’ll stop here.”

That love is from God.
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Anonymous said: I've always been a firm supporter of the LGBT community, because all the verses in the Bible about the issue seem to refer to prostitution/gang rape. However I don't really understand the justification of Matthew 19. it does sound to me that a marriage should be a man and a woman because God created man and women separately and therefore they need to be one to complete the image of God? I don't know what I believe anymore.

MATTHEW 19

(v. 4-6) 4 “Have you not read,” He replied, “that He who made them ‘made them’ from the beginning ‘male and female, 5 and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall be one’? 6 Thus they are no longer two, but ‘one’! What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Weymouth)

First let’s look at this from a logical standpoint. Was Jesus implying that his own lineage and the patriarchs of his faith were wrong for having more than one wife when he said ‘wife’ and not ‘wives’? I’m certain Jesus and the Jewish people of his time would have understood that those types of marriage were the norm then but that society had evolved to a new normal. Likewise, we have evolved to a new normal, not only regarding the genders of the couple, but also in how we regard spouses or partners; women are no longer property and marriages are no longer property transactions. But that’s not a bad thing either. We’ve simply evolved to a new understanding; that is what humans are supposed to do rather than blindly holding onto traditions that do not in any way help society to progress.

Next, let’s consider the context. Was Jesus asked what type of marriage is appropriate? No, he was asked by the Pharisees about divorce. Jesus wasn’t teaching or responding to a question about whom we may marry, but rather when we can divorce. Not to mention, Jesus’ teachings about divorce aren’t upheld literally; people attribute Jesus’ teachings about divorce to its cultural and historical context while at the same time taking verses 4-6 out of context. But realize that these scriptures are taken out of context when read by themselves. The chapter starts at verse 1 for a reason.

Lastly, I think we should leave Creation and the beginning of humanity as an open question. There are two contradictory creation narratives in Genesis. It’s obvious that they were adapted from Mesopotamian mythology as an attempt to explain, within Jewish tradition, what no person was around to see. I don’t think God literally started humanity with only 2 people, but even our best hypothesis about the beginning of humanity and creation will never be complete or confirmed.

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Anonymous said: What advice would you give go a girl who is in a lesbian relationship and struggling with her sexuality? I love The Lord and I love my girlfriend. I read Matthew Vines' book and even if the translation of passages are wrong, how do I know that my relationship is good and acceptable? I have been very depressed lately and I cannot sleep, during the day I cannot focus. I have been praying all day, every day. I am not happy right now. I'm running out of characters so I'll stop here.

I’m going to let you all help this girl out. What advice do you have for her?

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aoife-okeefe replied to your post “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.”

From what I’ve read there are even those WITHIN the Southern Baptist convention that are changing, I would not paint even them with such a broad brush.

As we recently reported, the SBC just weeks ago condemned transgender people and elected a new president who literally wrote the book on anti-gay Christianity, calling homosexuality ‘just an idea’ and gay people ‘Satan’s con job.’ So I think they deserve a broad brush. -Enrique

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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.

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