I have been reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, specifically passages from chapter 2. The call here is for unity with fellow Christians with love and with the Holy Spirit. We as Christians and LGBT Christians need to be of one mind and be on the same page with who we are as Christians and what our combined roles are as Christians. Together we must ally ourselves with following Christ’s lead when it comes to being charitable this holiday season for example. There are many folks in need in every community who could use a helping hand or some food, shelter, warm clothing in the coming, colder winter nights ahead.
We could be of one Christian mind when it comes to accepting others and being more inclusive and welcoming to those seeking places of worship, places of sanctuary, and places for spiritual and emotional support.
Philippians, chapter 2, also asks us to go about our work with humility but more importantly without complaint or bickering or conflict. If the work we do together as a community doesn’t bring us joy within our community– chances are good we will bring no joy to others who could use our help and support. We need to support each other and care about each other just as much as we would care for others. If we can’t be of good spirit and optimism or positivity in what we do, maybe it becomes time to take a break or to stand back and see just why what it is we do for others is so important.
Whether we are caring for the poor and needy–especially among the struggling LGBT community–or looking out for the elderly or disabled–if we are going to reach out and help others, we need to be of the right mind and spirit and do our work with the right intent. Remember that there are many who are less fortunate who are praying for help and support and we, doing God’s work, can be the answers to those prayers.