Thoghts of the Day — July 3rd, 2016

“You are normal. You are not a creation of the modern age. Your identity is not a ‘trend’ or a ‘fad’… Chances are you don’t even know that you are holy, or royal, or magic, but you are. You are part of an adoptive family going back through every generation of human existence.”

An Open Letter to Every LGBT Person

Reflection:

We seem to be told so many conflicting messages from all corners of the faith community. We are told sometimes that we are sinful, we are abominations, we are liars to God and others, we are lying to ourselves… we are against God’s plan. And there are others who say we are welcome in God’s Kingdom if only we stop being who we are and stop being gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender and start being “like everyone else, you know, normal.”

People of faith who would oppose us as equal beings under God want to continue to site Deuteronomy or Leviticus or Romans. They forget or neglect or choose to ignore the simple and most fundamental truth of all:

God know our hearts! God sees us for who we truly are! In God, all things are possible.

We are possible! Our hearts and souls are understood by God who gave them to us, nurtured them, encouraged them, and enabled them to be. Being honest, sincerely loving persons is not a sin! The challenge seems to be convince others of that fundamental, basic truth.

How do we show people we are sincere and loving and honest people? What can we as LGBT folk do to illustrate that we are living healthy lives and that we are not any more sinful than anyone else? How can we prove ourselves to be natural and equal among the rest of humanity?

We start by making connections. We start by building friendships, establishing networks and alliances, by being our true and honest selves as best we can be. We show our love by not responding to hate and violence with more hate and violence. We go out and try and educate others about LGBT issues and LGBT culture and history. When we stop being a novelty or rarity and become more common or mainstream, the sense of “differentness” that separates us should lessen significantly.

 

 

 

 

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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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