PRAY THE GAY AWAY?

The recent controversy that has unfolded over Lauren Daigle, a popular Christian artist, appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and her uncertainty over whether homosexuality is sinful has touched my world in more than a number of ways. I have floated back and forth on the Christian scale of what is right, and what is wrong when it comes to this matter.

My dear friend,s child, at the tender age of 16, informed his mother that he was transgender, and had been taking hormones for months. I cried with her as I saw this woman of God worried about her son’s uncertain future. I felt my heart faint in me as I watched the people closest to me come to grips with what they had always assumed was wrong in God’s eyes battling with the need to protect.

For me, coming to grips with the new reality of her son’s revelation was a process. However, in the end, I was clear about one BASIC TRUTH that is at the heart of who Jesus is, and how He lived His life. I did not have to make extra space in my heart for the TRUTH, because it had been there all along, but I did need to start taking things away:

I had to remove my JUDGEMENT…

I had to remove my FEAR…

I had to remove my ANGER…

I had to remove my BLAME…

I had to remove everything that stood in the way of seeing the essence of who God really is: LOVE.

The Hebrew alphabet is a treasure trove of information. Similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics, in the Hebrew alphabet, each letter carries its own meaning. If you use this method in deciphering the word “LOVE” in its original Hebrew, you find something extraordinary: It literally means “God gives to another.”

It doesn’t mean that God gives to another if they complete X, Y, and Z… or if they memorize X amount of bible verses… or attend church every Sunday. NO!

God JUST GIVES!

He gives His love independent of whether we accept it, return it, or any other sacrifice of the will. HE GIVES!

Now that we know that, I can make my argument a little easier. But first I have to share one thing with you:

I DON’T KNOW IF BEING LGBTQ IS GOING TO SEND SOMEONE TO HELL OR NOT. I JUST DON’T.

I know what the Word says concerning the matter, but in case you have not noticed, the Word contradicts itself quite often. When it does contradict itself it is usually in favor of a HIGHER TRUTH. Here is an example:

TRUTH #1: THOSE WHO SIN WILL BE JUDGED.

TRUTH #2: IT IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD TO FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS, AND CLEANSE US OF ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH HIS GRACE.

Which one is the TRUTH?

They BOTH are TRUE.

One is just outdated. When Jesus came, He offered us a gift, and that gift was His GRACE, because He LOVED us sooo much!

Who am I to tell someone that just because they live their life a certain way, they will go to hell? And if I really, really believed that and was so concerned for their souls, how would I even get the message to them if I couldn’t even get them to accept the HOLY SPIRIT, or read the WORD, or build RELATIONSHIP with God because I’m to busy telling them God hates them or hates their lifestyle?! Because in the end, the Holy Spirit is the One who’s job it is to give to each of us discernment about what is right and wrong.

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t perfect the day I accepted Christ. I wasn’t perfect six months later. And guess what? I’M NOT PERFECT NOW.

But gradually, over time, the Holy Spirit has guided me through prayer and study to look at my own life and decide what belongs in it. And I thank God for showing me that I had no more room for JUDGEMENT, HATRED, OR OPPOSITION TO ANYONE WHO WAS DIFFERENT OR THAT I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND.

Our DUTY as people of Christ is to humbly serve one another, and to ONLY admonish one another like BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN LOVE. I have never called someone a brother or sister unless I took the time to build a relationship with them first. So my question for ALL OF YOU is this:

Before you tell me what you think is wrong about this post, tell me about how you have become so close to the LGBTQ community, so close you would call someone who identifies as LGBTQ a BROTHER or SISTER?

Love is a funny thing. It actually has the transformative POWER to break down the strongest of presuppositions. I’m not saying you are wrong. What I am saying is this:

WE MUST PUT LOVE FOR GOD, AND GENUINE, SACRIFICIAL LOVE FOR OTHERS ABOVE OUR OWN NEEDS TO FEEL RIGHT. We will NEVER win someone to Christ by picking out their faults, but only by pointing to the LOVE of JESUS. PERIOD.

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