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message is intended for those wondering if their sexual orientation is
keeping them from being a child of God. This, indeed, is a time of harvest
and many of us wrongly assume we are unable to be harvested.)
main thing that prevents us from closeness with God and being usable by
God is our own self-loathing. For that matter, I'm convinced that it is
usually self-loathing that paves the way to sin and rebellion - but that's
Sin keeps us from God's perfect will for our lives. While we all go through
wilderness experiences, an advantage that "straight" Christians enjoy
is that once having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, and having renounced
sin, they can assume that their deliverance will be certain and complete.
While they may face trials, they can be assured and confident in God's
Gay Christians are not so fortunate. Even after accepting Christ, many
are steeped in shame and self-loathing, even while living blamelessly.
Others who have loved the Lord in their youth, or who seek His truth in
the present, end up rejecting the Gospel because of all the bad press.
Don't we remember that many of us are just as embarrassed by pride parade
festoonery as God-filled Christians are by the Falwells and Robertsons?!
The enemy would like to limit us by our stereotypic notions, but I know
the devil is a liar!
If you know that God has a plan for you; if you have experienced His hand
pulling you from destruction; if you have reached the undeniable conclusion
that God continues to bless and demonstrate His love for you; then I urge
you to obey that calling to serve. Ignore every other negative voice.
If you're considering joining a church, I recommend that you write a letter
to your prospective pastor and put him/her on the spot. I'm certain they
will ultimately have to admit that you are welcome, or else they are not
worth their salt.
I am in a church that is not reconciling, or gay friendly, but that's
what God chose, and which I prefer. My partner and I are supported as
individuals, and that's all I want it to be. I also humbly advise that
you make the priority of your choice of church home be Word related, not
whether or not your gayness will be accepted. What if Jesus had waited
until he thought everyone would accept and approve of Him? The Gospel
of Christ is subversive! That being said, however, do not be contentious
or confrontational, just honest. Remember, you're building relationships!
Perhaps a good starting point is to start watching Christian television.
Some of it's really bad, but be patient, you'll get a right-now word from
one of those shows, so be open. Make sure to ask the Holy Spirit to help
you discern those speaking truth from false prophets. Find someone whose
preaching resonates with your own growing understanding of God. Then keep
your eyes open. The Lord will bring people into your life that can lead
you to a local church that teaches the Word, and that will help you discover
your destiny and purpose.
Put off by the Christian Coalition types? Know that there is a Christian
"left" (particularly true of most black churches), just as much as there
is a Christian "right." They just don't receive the media attention.
The best thing to do, though, is start reading your Bible. Read it the
whole thing, in order, not devotionals in dribbles and drabs. Start by
reading the New Testament, then read the Old. Have the King James Version
always, but go to a bookstore and sit with a few translations to see which
one you're most comfortable reading - one which you can see yourself reading
without losing your thread of understanding.
That's all, but there's so much more. I pray that you grow to know how
important you are, and how much you are loved and cherished.
God is covering you in His grace.
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