Mathew 5:11 (NRSV)
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
People who would persecute and discriminate against you and use the Bible as their justification for these acts of discrimination, persecution, hatred, or violence are misrepresenting Jesus and ignoring the truth that comes from His mouth. Jesus commands us all to love each other as we would want to be loved. Jesus also commands that we love our God as much as we possibly can with all our hearts, minds, and souls. Jesus takes each and every one of us as we are. He sees beauty in all of us. He sees the wonder of God’s creation and finds redeeming value in us regardless of where we are at in our lives or who we are or appear to be.
Jesus knows that we are all have unique flaws or quirks or bits of imperfection and we are all vulnerable to sin and temptations and so on… but He also sees through our exteriors and looks into our souls and knows where our intentions are and knows the value of our characters.
We are challenged to be sincere and honest. We are challenged to be open to God. We are invited to love others and be compassionate and caring and mindful of the value of our relationships with each other as well as our relationship to God.
Jesus does not segregate or separate among His church. Each person has equal value and equal place with Him in His kingdom. In fact, He calls us His heirs. We are called God’s children. Anyone who proposes that you are somehow less than or unworthy or in some way inferior and incapable of being a true Christian is not understanding the power of God’s love and the forgiveness and redemption Christ offers.
As someone in the LGBT community, you are not less than a heterosexual or cisgender person. You are not unworthy or inferior to heterosexuals or cisgender or non-transgender people. You are not mistakes or abominations or lacking in faith or lacking in the capacity to be redeemed or forgiven. You will not be judged based on your labels and outward appearances. You may be judged and held accountable for your actions and the content of your character– but no differently and by no different standards than anyone else. You will be held accountable just as anyone else will be.
Jesus condemned no one who sought Him out for salvation and forgiveness. Jesus condemned no one He came across during His ministry. He simply welcomed people to Him and loved them and cared about them and cared for them. He wanted to heal, mend the broken, redeem, save, and promise everyone something better– eternal life in Paradise.
Anything contrary to this image of Christ is not truly Christian.