Hello everyone! I just came across a wonderful blog article by Benjamin L. Corey entitled, “5 Reasons Why More Christians are Becoming LGBT Affirming” and I wish to share it with you!
In summary with the article, it has come to my attention that more Christians are delving into more serious Biblical scholarship— and in turn, they are more inclined to engage the issues of equality, social justice, moral correctness, and the ministry of Jesus. It suggests that Christians are becoming more acquainted with the Bible and its history and the context of Scripture. It also means that important moral questions are being asked and investigated– which is always a good thing. It also means that Christians are striving to do the right thing and are going back to the Bible for answers and clarity. I believe they will find it, don’t you?
Many of the answers I have found and shared with you have come directly from the Bible and I hope that many of you that seek clarity or inspiration or affirmation can find some here with this blog and online LGBT Ministry.
It is also becoming clear that Christians and non-Christians alike are coming to realize that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender or gender non-conforming is not a choice but a natural occurrence and natural expression of who we are. This knowledge and admission profoundly changes the landscape of thought with regard to sin and condemnation. It changes the perception of what is “normal” and “natural”. Christians may come to realize that God’s plan is a bit more expansive than a single binary of gender or gender expression. As more Christians observe the natural occurring diversity as it exists in the world, they will be less and less inclined to look down upon those who are different than themselves.
The article also highlights the observation that more Christians are seeing the harmful effects of non-affirming theology. With increasing numbers of LGBT children and teens receiving disparaging messages from possibly friends, school classmates, teachers, and even family members, Christians should be responding with love, compassion, kindness, and acceptance. With the rise of LGBT suicide rates especially among children and teens, it is vital that they receive messages that encourage them to be themselves, love themselves, and to not be afraid of coming out and living full happy lives as full members of society and their community.
There was a time when a church was a sanctuary and a place of rest and peace and safety. It most certainly needs to be so for all persons who seek peace, safety, and security. The body of Christ, the church Jesus established, should not be a member’s only club. If Jesus can make a point of welcoming children to Him, then we have that obligation to do so as well if we expect to call ourselves Christian. Using the Bible to condemn and hurt a child’s feelings or sense of identity or to undermine their dignity or self-esteem is not Christ-like behavior.
I hope you found this article uplifting!