You grew up, believing in a higher power, a God who was always there. You may have grown up in a church that provided answers to many of life’s questions. Certain things were always right and other things were always wrong. Your life was fitting an expected pattern and you had approval from your family, friends. and religious community. Life made sense.
Then, one day, you realized that you were different from others around you. You discovered that the person you were romantically and sexually attracted to was not a person of the opposite sex. It was something you always knew, but were just now able to put it into words. Life was drastically different. If you cam out to family and friends, you may have experienced the entire gamut of reactions – from approval, to confusion, to disapproval. If you told your religious community, you heard reactions of horror and condemnation.
Now that you know what man thinks of you, you wonder what God thinks of you. You turn to traditional religious resources only to find all they talk about is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and how God destroyed them because of homosexuality. If God thinks this lifestyle is so devious, you are left with two options. You can go into the closet, deny your feelings and fit into a pre-made role in order to serve God. The other option is to totally deny God and live a lustful lifestyle that has stereotyped GLBT’s in this century. Both option are not good for the long term and will not bring you into the place that God intended you to be.
“The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
The Good News!
There is a place for you in a spiritual community and you can serve God as a GLBT. Many of the “clobber scriptures” used by the traditional religious community have been proven to be a misinterpretation through the personal bias of spiritual leaders while the original Greek and Hebrew text in which our modern Bible was originally written was ignored. Attitudes are also skewed by taking passages out of context. There are many resources available to help you study this subject.
Whether you are straight or GLBT, God is looking for the same thing from both communities. He is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. He is looking for those who will let Him be God in their lives.
As a child of God, you will be brought into a place of peace, health, prosperity, and eternal life. He made this offer to the whole world through His Son, Jesus Christ. And all you need to do is say yes to His will and ways. God is no respecter of race, nationality, sex, or sexual orientation when it come to whom He wants as His child. He is waiting for you to come to Him.