Thoughts for June 20th, 2016

The biggest challenge most LGBT folks of the Christian faith seem to face, as I see it, is the personal challenge of making sense of Scripture– reconciling what they read with what they feel inside. On the one hand it seems as though the Bible and straight Christians want to say that homosexuality and gender confusion and gender identity dysphoria are sins, abominations, or deplorable rebellious acts or behaviors against God and God’s plan. There appears to be plenty of Scripture passages that seem to condemn homosexuality and gender flexibility and gender non-conformity. Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Romans, the first letter to the Corinthians… and so on just to name a few apparent sources.

LGBT people of faith naturally would feel ostracized and fearful and even anxious and confused and hurt and probably a bit ashamed of themselves. They might certainly feel torn and broken inside. Are they sinful abominations? Have they betrayed God? Have they truly done something wrong? Are they deserving of condemnation and banning from the church?

My goal here with this blog is to send the message out to all LGBT folks who seek a place in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or any other faith-based religion that there are places you can go to worship freely without fear or shame or any need to fundamentally change or compromise your true and honest self. I offer inspiration and hope to all LGBT persons who desire to feel welcomed in a wider community of faith.

I hope this blog ministry provides Scripture-based messages that affirm and welcome and empower you.

I admit, I am primarily Christian-based but that is simply my background. I welcome anyone who visits this blog to join what I hope to be a global movement and a global community. I welcome all faiths and all peoples from every color of the LGBT spectrum and the spectrum of humanity. WE HAVE A NATURAL RIGHT TO OUR IDENTITIES AND THAT INCLUDES OUR IDENTITIES AS LGBT AS WELL AS CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, BUDDHISTS, JEWS, SIKHS, HINDUS, TAOISTS, ETC.

Every day new places of worship join the global community of open and affirming churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and shrines that acknowledge that we are all God’s creations and all precious and worthy of sharing our gifts with the rest of the world.

If you can’t readily find a place– come here. I will welcome you and I will do my best to inspire and offer hope and spiritual insights the best I can. And just know that this humble little blog of mine has now reached over 24 countries in 5 continents!!!

Comment, share, add your thoughts, hopes, and messages of inspiration! Be a part of something great that will help others and inspire other LGBT folks to keep the faith, find their faith, and be stronger in themselves!

PEACE!!! SALAAM! SHALOM!!! NAMASTE!!!

 

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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