- Being gay is not a choice.
- There are gay Christians.
- Gay couples do enter into long-term, committed, loving, and monogamous relationships.
- Every word translated as “homosexual” in the modern versions of the Bible is speaking of same sex behavior in an extreme circumstance.
- The church is not offering a model of being gay and Christian and living a virtuous life before God.
- Asking gay people to deny their natural sexual orientation is destructive.
- Bisexual people are attracted to both sexes in varying degrees.
- There is no “radical gay agenda” and no demand for “special rights.”
- he loss of gay believers to the Church has been tragic.
- The loudest message the gay community hears from Christians is one of intolerance and hatred.
I am 19 years old, and I am a Lesbian! Wow, it feels good to put that down in writing :) I have known for years, but am just coming out. The reason it has taken so long is because I am a Christian. I almost came out when I was 14, I even told my track team. They didn’t believe, and shortly after telling them I went to a christian summer camp where I fell in love with God.
From that moment He stole my heart, but I always new that I wasn’t going to be the typical christian. For years I tried to fight, I even dated one of my close guy friends for three years. He was a great guy, but I wasn’t into him the way I should have been. He was in love with me, and I realized fast that I was lying to everyone that was my senior year of high school.
After he went to college we broke up, and I started this long road of self discovery. Over the span of about two and a half years, I discovered a lot. I discovered that I couldn’t keep lying to people, and I couldn’t keep acting like I was attracted to men. During this discovery period I left for college, a christian college at that, to study ministry. I love telling people about God, and spreading His love.
So many people in the church have so much hate towards those that are gay, that I was terrified to be myself, to come out. Then I realized that being gay is who I am, and hiding it is a shame. God will always be my center, and I know he will always love me. Gays are not damned to hell, it matters where your heart is. Not who you love. This was one of the most important things I learned through this road of self discovery. For years I hated myself, and what I was. Now I love who I am, and I am proud to say that I am a Christian who also happens to be a lesbian. This is just a tip of the ice berg of my story, but I wanted to share at least part of it with people who care :)
Thank you for sharing your story! —Enrique
A member of my family recently posted a “10 things people should know about homosexuality,” which was an article, by a pastor, that was very homophobic in nature. It made me, a queer Christian, incredibly angry. So I sat down and wrote out a rebuttal using the Bible (and a few resources you wonderful folks provided) to debunk the list and create a new one supporting our community. Anyway, thought you’d like the link to the post: http://disgruntledchristian.tumblr.com/post/55891842870/dear-pastor-mike
Thanks guys! You’re doing such an awesome job. :)
I quite like what this person has written.
"these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." maybe it’s already been posted, but it’s my favorite line when talking with a christian who thinks that when jesus said love is the fulfillment of the law he only meant heterosexual love