If someone comes out to you today…

There are a lot of things coming out means. Here are a few things it should not mean.

That you will be told God hates you.

That you will be bullied at school.

That you will be called ugly names.

That you must live in fear of violence.

That you forfeit your rights as a human being.

That you are less equal.

That you are less loved.

That if you are a teenager you will be thrown out and become homeless. (This happens to 26% of LGBT teens who come out to their parents)

Today I call on everyone to let love rule the day.

If someone comes out to you today, instead of reacting with judgement or disappointment or anger why not try this…

Ask them about their journey. Listen. Try to understand.

Love them. Right. Where. They. Are.

That is what Jesus would do.

More resources:

Human Rights Campaign: Growing up LGBT

Coming Out of the Church Closet: Bethany’s Story

Pray Away the Gay

Who Can Withhold the Water?

The True Magic Kingdom

Homosexuality and God: Conclusion

5 thoughts on “If someone comes out to you today…

  1. I am glad, in a way, that you did not put a question mark or quotation marks around “pray away the gay” because seeing those words made me spray coffee over my monitor, and I clicked on it. Yes. Lovely post.

    I still want to hear from you, though. In what way is being gay a blessing for the individual and for the community?

  2. Ryan Gish says:

    Good post and I agree that Jesus would love them and so should we. However, I wonder if Jesus would point out their sin and tell them to sin no more? Just a thought.

  3. I appreciate this post very much. I have spent the last 17 years trying to figure out how to relate Jesus-ly to my LGBT friends and have only recently dropped my last shreds of belief that gay sex is somehow wrong in any way. It has been a long journey for me, and I try to act with compassion and patience toward those who are still trying to figure out what to believe about the issue. But the call to love everyone is SO uncomplicated, regardless.

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