It’s been proven that off of the smallest conditions, such as eye color and certain personal likes, humans tend to favor a group bias. So, it doesn’t take much for discrimination and judgements to be made. Accordingly, when it comes to homosexuality, it’s easy to interact with this topic as just that – a topic, making many judgements along the way. But we are literally talking about PEOPLE, not a project or issue.
Last weekend, I led a team to Richmond’s Gay Pride Event where over 18,000 gathered. This was a great opportunity to see more than just a problem or prayer topic, but faces and hear real stories. The goal was to simply love those that historically have been rejected and hated by the church. We went with the message that God likes you and so do we! There were many conversations, some led to the topic of Jesus, others didn’t. Many that we encountered there were blown away by this message and the kindness that they received. I know that seed was planted and heart offenses broken down. I believe our good Father will continue the good work which He began!
I think part of the problem that detaches the church from the LGBT community is our forgetfulness. God tells Israel in Deuteronomy 6 not to forget that it was HIM who brought them out of Egypt. I don’t want to forget where I came from because otherwise, I forget the goodness of the Lord and that every moment I’m a trophy of His mercy.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
This remembrance humbles my heart and allows me to see that I was no different than anyone in the LGBT community before I was reborn. Today, I am dependent upon grace alone and His righteousness. There no longer has to be any separation and I can be empowered then to be a humble, kind, loving, trusting, and consistent friend to this community. In doing so, the us vs them chasm becomes less and less.