A house of prayer for all nations. A house of prayer for all peoples.
Isaiah 56:7 “these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
“When the church has obtained the grace and humility needed to embrace those who are different, the truth of the gospel will be set free of the corruption and deception that have perverted it since the first century.” — Rick Joyner, “A Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century”
I know I have brought this up before in earlier blog posts over these last few years but now more than ever in 2018, it bears repeating and re-visiting. Anyone who would deny a person from having a relationship with God is ignoring the basic truth that it is not for them to separate God from His creation. No one can control God and dictate terms to Him. No one can deny God His creations. No one can deny someone from their Creator.
No one has the right to take away a person’s spirituality. No one has a right to shame a person for being spiritual. No one has the right to silence a person’s expression of spirituality or religious identity. In the same breath, no one has the right to strip away a person’s right to their identity as LGBT or Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, or atheist.
Whatever a person’s faith journey or choice, God welcomes all peoples and all nations to His church. I believe God is bigger than man’s ideas of religion, church, sectarianism, denominations, and theology. To be honest, I think God is even bigger than the Bible and all the holy texts mankind could ever write or conjure up.
Holy texts may be inspired by God or some divine entity, but in the end, who are we to define God or put Him (or Her) into a convenient archetype or framework or single image? Who are we to try and shape what God wants? Who are we to try and manage or manipulate God’s plans for humanity? Who ultimately has control and final say over the course of human events? While we may have free will, who has the eternal word and who passes ultimate judgment over our actions and souls?
So why do we think we can be each other’s gatekeepers and wardens over God’s church? Why do we think we have the right to impose upon others? By whose authority do we say who belongs and who does not? Some say God grants authority or Jesus grants authority– but they ignore what both God and Jesus say regarding who is worthy of salvation and redemption and forgiveness. They seem to forget that Jesus died for the forgiveness of all sins for all people.
In every major religion, there is an understanding that the ambitions of mankind are easily tempered by the authority of something greater than man. We all must bow to the laws of nature, for example. We are all held down by gravity. We are all subject to the laws of physics and we all must adapt to our environments. God’s creation tempers us.
We all answer to God. If God says we are His, we are His. We have a right to worship the God that gave us life, food, water, shelter, and a planet to live on. We have a right to respect the world God created and we have a right to worship.
By blog is a humble attempt at creating that safe space for the LGBT community to be a part of something spiritual, inspirational, hopeful, and worshipful. It is an attempt to make a bridge where no bridge is easily found. It is an attempt to prove to people in the LGBT community and their allies that they have a right to be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, spiritual, religious. and faithful.
While I do focus much on a Christian perspective, I see places for all LGBT in all religious faiths and practices.
God is an infinite and all powerful entity. All things are possible. Inclusivity and diversity is God’s nature. Look at what God created for proof.