So there is this new thing called the NALT Christians Project. According to their web site, the purpose of The NALT Christians Project is, “To give any and all LGBT-affirming Christians a means of sharing their belief that there is nothing anti-biblical or sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The project is a joint venture of Truth Wins Out Two and John Shore. It is inspired by Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project.
So far there only have been 105 videos uploaded. I felt like it was important to add my voice to theirs.
I did this for many reasons. Here are a few:
- I care deeply about this issue because I care deeply about humans.
- I believe Jesus meant it when he said to love my neighbor as myself, therefore when I see people being mistreated, hated, bullied and denied equal rights I must do something.
- Publicly stating my beliefs on this issue both here, in my video and anywhere else I have influence may by some chance influence another to be more loving and accepting. Without others who have gone before me making such public declarations and being willing to have open respectful conversations I may never have come to this place in my personal evolution.
- Someone from the LGBT community may see it and feel more loved, less alone and like God loves them.
- By creating a welcoming and affirming atmosphere in the church, LGBT persons may feel more comfortable sharing their stories
- The good news is for everyone. Jesus is for everyone. Love is for everyone. No if, no until and no unless.
Some people believe that making a video like this is taking “the easy way out” in terms of being an LGBT ally. They worry that some will simply make a video and think that is enough. I agree with them on this point, making a video alone is not enough. We must also show our love and support to our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community with our actions. We must (among many other things):
- Speak up when we hear others being bullied
- Speak up when people make insensitive or bigoted comments or jokes
- Use our votes and our voices to advocate for equality
- Listen to the stories of the LGBT people in your life. Put yourself in their shoes. Ask yourself how you can love them like you would like to be loved.
Other folks believe that we don’t need to make videos to show people that we are “Not All Like That”. They believe we just need to live out what we believe with the people in our lives. I disagree. As I said above, I need to do both. I need to use whatever voice I can be it online or face to face. Others still believe that the LGBT community doesn’t need to hear this message, that it implies they somehow need validation from CIS Christians. I couldn’t disagree more. This project isn’t about giving LGBT folks our blessing or validation as if they needed our stamp of approval. It is about counterbalancing the voices in Christianity that proclaim hate and inequity as God’s own truth. When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a mind-blowing 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. This statistic, along with the rhetoric from people like Pat Robertson and organizations like the American Family Association, make the choice for me to participate in this project a no brainer. I hope you will consider joining me…and Jesus in becoming NALT Christians.
* Wait…WHAT? Did I just say Jesus was a NALT Christian? (More like and NALT Christ if we are getting nitpicky) Consider if you will something I say in my video for the project (which you can see here: NALT Christians Project: Michelle from Texas)…
When Jesus told the accusers to cast the first stone; when he allowed the woman to wash his feet with her tears, when he forgave even those who were killing him, what he was really saying was, hey I’m not like that. And when he taught Peter not to call people he loved unclean…What he was really saying was that we are not to be like that either. I think the way the church has deemed some people unworthy of his love is anti-christ. I think the lines have been redrawn around Jesus and fortified with walls and barbed wire and moats and I think Jesus wants us to tear them down.
- Well cut my hair and call me apostate! *to be said in your best Texas accent* (wordofawoman.com)
- Homosexuality and God: Conclusion
- Pro-LGBT Christians Launch ‘Not All Like That’ Campaign (patheos.com)
- Coming Out of the Church Closet: Bethany’s Story
- Pray Away the Gay
- Who Can Withhold the Water?
- The True Magic Kingdom
- WHAT IS TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE ANYWAY?
- If someone comes out to you today…
- For the love of God (and our neighbor) can we please stop using these 3 phrases?
- Love is not silent.