Until this moment, I’ve stayed quiet about this controversial topic. I feel like it’s been bubbling inside of me for years and years, and in light of recent events, I know it’s time to say something.
I grew up attending the United Church of Canada. Though I don’t recall it being mentioned in a sermon or in Sunday School, I remember that the congregation as a whole did not discriminate against homosexuality.
I have relatives who are gay, and my family has loved, supported and treated them as we do our relatives who are not gay. In fact, my grandfather, a retired minister, has been an influential advocate of rights for people who are LGBTQ, even receiving the Order of Canada award in 2004 for his efforts.
I am so, so glad I was brought up in a church and in a family that treated people equally, regardless of who they love, because that is what laid the foundation for my opinion on this matter.
My first encounter with Christians who strongly opposed homosexuality happened at an InterVarsity Christian retreat during my university years. I must have brought up the topic in conversation with someone and they suggested I talk to a leader about it. I don’t remember the details of the conversation, only that my arguments were considered invalid. Homosexuality was a sin, end of story. I wasn’t convinced, but I was sad.
In the following years at university, in my time as a missionary, in personal relationships and in various churches I encountered the same views. I deeply considered what the Bible said about it. It never felt right, and I never adopted the belief of homosexuality as a sin. But I went silent whenever the topic came up, and hoped the conversation would change quickly. I suppose I was afraid people would think I wasn’t a “good Christian”. I also tend to avoid confrontation, and I don’t enjoy debating with people whose minds are made up.
I love Jesus, I love the Bible, and I do not believe that being LGBTQ is a sin. I have a number of arguments for my belief, (which I would be happy to have a respectful discussion about), but the primary one is that I believe love is good, whether you are a man who loves a woman, a man who loves a man, a woman who loves a man, a woman who loves a woman, or anything in between.
In researching for this blog post I found an amazing article and video that you MUST watch if you are a Christian struggling with what the Bible says about homosexuality. It might just change your mind. Here’s the article: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex-Sex Relationships.
I know I’m not alone. Let’s speak out and hopefully encourage healing for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. If you agree with me, please share this post or write your own message of love and support. We can use our voices to change the attitudes of others and hopefully shine some light in this troubled world.
Dear Ones who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Queer:
You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are wonderful as you are. You don’t need to change, you only need to be yourself. Celebrate the things you love and what makes you YOU. I love you, I accept you, I support you, I cheer you on. God loves you, He accepts you, supports you, and cheers you on. Now press play below and rock out to this song.
I do encourage respectful discussion about this topic. Hurtful comments will not be approved or allowed on this blog. Feel free to contact me personally.