I find myself somewhere floating between postdenominationalism and a love and respect for my roots in the Baptist and Pentecostal churches. One major issue facing the church at large today is “how to be Christ to the LGBT person.” Its a complex question. So many are quick to take up ammunition! they prefer to blast the evangelicals and call them ignorant or hate mongers. or the opposite, scripture gets loaded into a gun and shot into the head of the LGBT person. really? I mean aren’t you all playing for the same team? what happened to Love?
I am super passionate about loving my neighbor, especially my gay and lesbian one. How hard is it to create this safe place for the LGBT person away from the guns of scripture? how hard is it to communicate a different approach to ministry to the conservative groups?
let me share a story about a lady named *Alison. Alison contacted me about two weeks ago. She was fired from Wal-Mart for “productivity” issues. Alison however was Jason about two years ago. Alison now has no job. She has a family of four to feed- including a loving wife. Alison was raised in the Assemblies of God, and has faith- but has suffered alot of persecution at the hands of well-intending and some no-so, Christians. Alison needed housing. I prayed for her and quickly got to work locating funds. I sent a tweet out with a call for help. An Amazing young pastor in the Assemblies of God stepped up. His church paid for Alison a place to stay for the week! FOR THE WEEK!!! what a loving thing to do. I have hope for both the conservative and liberal venues of the church.
Regardless on your personal interpretation of scriptures referencing homosexuality, one scripture should override all of them “Love your God and Love your neighbor.”
This is the tension we live in.
*name changed (picture from google images: search black jesus)