1 John 3:1 (NLT)
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
There is this harmful belief that circulates and permeates through so-called Christianity, so-called Islam, and so-called Judaism. The belief is that only a certain type of people are truly Christian or Muslim or Jewish. Only a certain precise population that hold to a certain and precise way of life are true children of God. There is this belief that unless a person conforms to the specific doctrine of their religious leader and his or her church or temple or mosque, they are ineligible for salvation and heaven. Salvation seems to belong to only the VIP club or members only–members who are of a certain type.
The Scriptures however, paint a very different picture of who God’s children are and who can be saved and who can find salvation and who can ascend into heaven. According to the book of Genesis, God had created all things in heaven and Earth and on each day of creation, declared that all things were good. In the Gospels, Jesus welcomed Jews and Gentiles alike to receive his teachings and healing and baptism. He gathered the willing. Those who needed to see spiritual light received it regardless of their background, culture, nationality, or ways of life. He established communion to be shared with all who seek the kingdom of God. He commanded that we love each other just as much as we love ourselves and would want to be loved. He commanded that we love our neighbors as much as we would love our God.
We all have to understand that we are all God’s creation. God didn’t create us and declare us bad. God didn’t create anything for the purpose of hating them and despising them. God loves us so much that He bestows upon us Jesus, who gave his life for the forgiveness of all sin and for the salvation of all. God wants us to live fulfilling, happy, joyful lives. God wants us all to seek the kingdom of heaven willingly. The path to heaven is available to all of His creations. That includes us, who are in the LGBT community!