My Responsibility in the Gay Debate

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“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott

Our culture is in turmoil. We have failed to convey the love of Christ to an entire group of people. Conservative Christians are afraid of “the gay agenda,” and the LGBTQ community is devastated by their interaction with Christians. LGBTQ who seek a loving God are rejected and disfranchised by the evangelical church. The church is baffled at the dismal failure of “love the sinner and hate the sin.”

My life for the past ten years has been to share the astoundingly good news of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27, to the wounded, hurt, disenfranchised — mostly believers. This astoundingly good news was never meant to be an exclusive club open only to those who can keep the rules, but a breath of life to whoever believes in Him. Christ is still the only answer! No matter what the hurt or issue, the answer is always “Jesus plus nothing.”

Now, God has compelled me to share Christ the hope of glory with the wounded, hurt and disenfranchised in the LGBTQ community and POLO (parents or loved ones).

After much prayer, encouraged by my loving husband and prayer team, I press further into this fight God has put me in — the fight for the truth and love of Christ. And so, as I take FreedHearts in a new direction, I will make a handful of changes to the site.

Here’s what to look for: 1. Stories of LGBTQ, 2. Forum for Friends&Family, 3. Discussion on how to interact authentically in a world divided by this issue, 4. Links to great sites, 5. Other changes. My goal is to be the love of Christ to a church in turmoil and to the LGBTQ community. Jesus has always shown loving compassion for any hurting, disenfranchised, “outliers.” If we miss this, we miss the beat of His heart.

Please stay tuned for much to come. And please send comments or questions. If you have honest questions for me, please email. If you have decided you don’t want to be part of this, I’m sorry to see you go — but please don’t send any hate mail or try to correct the path God has put me on. And feel free to pass this on to friends.

I look forward to the ongoing dialogue and to watching the Lord work to heal hearts, lives and relationships in His perfect ways!

Susan

8 thoughts on “My Responsibility in the Gay Debate

  1. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you for this post. Have you read the book, “TORN rescuing the gospel from the gay vs Christians debate” by Justin Lee? I think as a stake holder in this debate and international conversation you might find this book interesting. Andy Stanley recommended it to me. As a gay Christ follower I am always willing to tak with you etc.

    Thanks,

    Justin Childers

    • Yes, Justin! That book was huge for me to see that there is more to this issue than, “It’s a sin – stop it!” Now, I recommend that book all the time. We’ve got to have more to offer this debate than, “It’s a sin,” and Justin Lee has done a great job in offering that. Thanks for writing, and please, write me about whatever you want. I love that God has opened the door for me to move forward in this, and I am eager to see what He has in mind! Blessings to you, Susan

  3. I love the new direction! You have helped me already with the first post about a week ago. We need to know how to love these sisters/brothers just like we love others. THANKS for your obedience.

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