Years and years ago I was in a Sociology class. My teacher showed us this extremely powerful video about Matthew Shepard. To be honest I had never seen the video before this or even heard of Matthew Shepard. But watching this video changed my life and the way I think about LGBT rights. This video really illustrates hatred and what we need to erase from our lives.
Inclusion or seclusion? This is the question many religious people ask themselves.
Perform a quick Google search of “LGBT” and you will find story after story with roots deep in hurt, anger, and opinions. Name calling, finger pointing, and downright mean comments are coming from both ends of the spectrum. It is despairing to see others use their words to hurt, especially when it’s intentional.
LGBT is a hot topic in the church. Some churches don’t talk about it, some make loud hurtful statements, but thankfully more and more churches are approaching the topic with grace.
While the Bible makes clear how and why God created marriage, He probably isn’t happy with the way the Church (as a whole) treats the LGBT community. Each and every person was made with purpose. Whether they choose to follow their calling or not, they are still very loved by their Creator. We need to remember that.
Race should not separate us. Class should not separate us. Identity should not separate us. In God’s Kingdom, there will be no sin. No sin means no separation, just pure intimacy with our Abba Father.
The LGBT community should not be treated any differently than anyone else. This includes how we treat our boss, the store clerk, the homeless, the wealthy, and your neighbor. Jesus himself said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” Matthew 22:37-40
So instead of wondering how the Church should treat the LGBT community, if you follow Jesus, you can stop questioning love and start loving.
- Treat all people as intelligent human beings. This one seems obvious, but sometimes it’s good to point out the obvious. Whether someone is educated or uneducated, woman or man, rich or poor, democrat or republican—they matter. They matter to God and they should matter to you and me. We don’t always have to agree on opinions, but we should always show respect for God’s creation.
One day, maybe today, each of us will stand before God and He is going to judge us according to our works, 2 Corinthians 5:10. Jesus showed us how to love well as His entire life was spent in preparation to be crucified so that you and I could be set free from our sin. He washed us white as snow.
- Use your time and energy to do God’s work. The matters of this world are temporary. Joy can be found in service such as feeding the hungry, housing the orphan, generously giving, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Love is a verb and you can show it to others with your actions.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV
Whether you are a Jesus follower or not, may this post bless you in knowing Jesus is drawing you nearer and always choose the right. It is not a coincidence you came across this post. Understand, these words are not to shame anyone. These words are meant to speak truth over the reader. If you seek your Creator, He will show you deep truths that only He can explain. May the LGBT community find healing from the wounds that have been spoken over them in the past and come to see Jesus followers surrounding them with love and grace.
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