For six years of my life, I identified as a gay man.
But I was transformed after an encounter with the Holy Spirit on October 18th, 2009. I want to share my thoughts on how the church can be effective in ministering to the LGBT community without compromising the truth of the Gospel.
It is well known that the LGBT community has endured much hatred and judgment not just from society, but also from the church. I can relate with the pain LGBT-identified people are feeling and have felt. I know what it’s like to be rejected by those who should remain closest to you on the basis of sexuality. I know what it’s like to be verbally and physically assaulted, and told I am going to hell. I also know what it’s like to feel unloved because of my sexual identity.
I recently stumbled across a video on YouTube of a street preacher, ministering the Gospel on the corner of a busy intersection in New York City. The viral video, which was published in April of 2019, begins with a passionate preacher, microphone in hand, sharing God’s view of homosexuality in the Bible. Many gathered around him, and he captured their attention. The very mention of the topic of God and sexuality often starts a fire in our culture, and especially starts a fire in the hearts of those who identify as LGBT.
What stuck out most to me in the video was a lesbian woman who pressed her way through a crowd of people to get into the preacher’s face. As the preacher continued his preaching, the woman began screaming: “You’re preaching hate! You’re preaching hate! You’re insulting the essence of my being!” I then gasped for breath, and it dawned on me.
What this woman stated is what the church has missed entirely with respect to this community’s experience. I was overwhelmed with sadness because this woman felt her humanity was being attacked by the preaching of our Gospel. This woman articulated that being a lesbian isn’t something she does. It’s who she is, she believes. She expressed same-sex attractions are at the core of her being, her identity.
When I identified as a gay man, I never considered same-sex attractions a part of my identity. I believed the attractions I had toward the same sex were a result of our fallen sin nature (Ps. 51:5).
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ronald McCray