This is Rob Cottrell. I have experienced a lot in life. I didn’t think something could still surprise me, but I was wrong — a transgender woman made me blush.
I was sharing at PFLAG, an incredible organization, which provides amazing support to families and friends.
Near the end, a trans woman said she could listen to me talk for hours because I had an incredible “buttery” voice.
I’ll admit it – I blushed. Big time. No one has made me blush like that in years.
I have been to a few meetings now and I have to say that I am overwhelmed, humbled, inspired and convicted by the love and acceptance I have witnessed in the group. That kind of love is certainly is Christlike, but maybe not so churchlike.
One man said the best thing about being a gay Christian is being part of an oppressed minority. Why? Because Jesus has such a heart for the oppressed, and being oppressed gave him a special insight into Jesus’ heart.
How wonderful if the church had the same heart as Christ for the oppressed. They could heal so many deep wounds — and become a leader in advocating for equality.
Instead, the church seems to be dragging behind, and it’s their loss.
I know that I am one of a growing number of Christians who cannot be silent anymore. Affirming Christ-followers will continue to change lives as they express Christ’s love and freedom and acceptance.
And with my buttery voice, loud and strong and unwavering, I will not be silent anymore.