Every single Christian has reasons to feel like they don’t deserve love and acceptance. We all have struggles that make it hard to believe in God’s all consuming love. What makes Homosexual Christians unique is that when they doubt wether they are loved, the loudest voices in the church seem to be telling them that they are not.
It is okay to not agree with homosexuality. That is your right, and I don’t think less of you for it. I love you just the same :)
There is a difference between disagreeing and being hateful. Not agreeing with it is not the same as being bigoted or hateful to homosexuals. So if you simply disagree with homosexuality, then I am not saying that you are being hateful. You are having/ expressing an opinion. Perfectly fine :)
However, my point is this, When you (a heterosexual christian) have doubts or fears because of something you have done, some sin that you have that makes you feel inadequate, or that God’s love might not be reaching you. I think it is fair to say that most or all of us have been there at some point or another. But when you get to that point because maybe you are too effected by social opinion, you have an eating disorder, or maybe you self harm, or maybe you just feel like a hypocrite during church sometimes and you feel just like such a failure that God shouldn’t love as much as he does. When you get there, you have a church that is telling you that you are loved, that your sins are forgiven, and that you are accepted by Christ.
What makes gay Christians unique is that a lot of us don’t have that. If I walked up to any member of my church and said that I feel like i’m unsaved (for some example explained above) they would sit me down and tell me how loved I am, and how I need to just feel God’s love again because I am wonderful the way I am. If I told them instead that I am gay, they would sit me down and tell me how I have to repent, how I have to commit to celibacy, or pray to be straight, they might mention that I am still loved, I will give them that credit, but they will look at me with less compassion I think than if I had told them much anything else. When gay Christians start to feel that we are rejects or unloved, the loud voice of many church leaders reinforce that thought instead of helping us. The difference between disagreeing with homosexuality and showing hate how loud you are with your disagreement.
The concept of the film Prayers For Bobby is that even if you don’t mean to show hate, if you don’t work hard to show love then you might as well be showing hate. Wether the church likes it or not, us gay Christians are here. There are probably gays in your congregation, silently praying that know one will notice or that their feelings will go away and they can be normal. And every time you say something offhandedly about homosexuality being “a disease” or “an abomination” or “lost” then you are giving us gay Christians less, and less reason to pray at all. It undermines our hope, and makes us feel even more like rejects. Christianity stops making sense, and stops feeling good. And God stops seeming like a loving God.
We all have sins that weigh us down. We all fall short of the glory of God. Gays just have a unique curse to have all their doubts and fears reinforced by people they are supposed to have fellowship with. That is the problem I am trying to highlight. That gay Christians feel less able to talk to other believers about this, because thus far in my life at least, the most and the loudest of what I have heard from people, is that I am sick, that I am possessed, or that I am a threat. And that is not fair. And that is where disagreement becomes hate.
So I am not saying that you have to agree with homosexuality, but if you are Christian, then I expect you to be very clear that you love, and have compassion for homosexuals. Because showing love is the single most important thing us Christians can do.
Love you all!
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- europalife said: Hello, my name is Victoria. I am a Christian, straight, married woman. I watched a documentary called “For the Bible Tells Me So”. I was always loving but now I am more of an advocate. I hope I will make a change in the church. Much love from me and God.
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- divaofthedevas said: I am not certain. “Disagreeing” with someone’s sexual orientation makes about as much sense as “disagreeing” with their eye color, height, race, or shoe size. We are born this way. Created this way. On purpose. Because He made us. :)
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- freelanceowl said: My pastor recently said something very anti-gay and it made me really mad because whether he agrees with it or not, it is not okay to say that gays deserve to rot in hell. (I don’t remember what he said, but it was something along those lines.)
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