I recently took in an In-service in my city on Homosexuality and the Christian Response.
The teachings we were taught we just as if we were talking to anyone else, which was a great viewpoint for me.
My eyes were definitely opened and I quickly realized how sinful and dirty I was for thinking the way I do with all of mankind.
The focus that we talked about was our identity being firmly rooted in Christ and that God values all people and that they have dignity and a purpose.
We did have the emphasis on who we are (our identity) and what we feel (our sin patterns ) with a lesser focus which made things so much easier to understand.
The speaker brought up more than once that all of our desires not of God were because of the fall in the Garden of Eden but the Good news is that God is here for us to redeem us.
The fact that the speaker tried to address is that how we live, no matter what we do shapes our identity. He also pointed out more than once that the things we do as believers God finds
just as wrong as anyone not of God does… premarital sex, lust, unfaithfulness, insert sin here… but shows us His love to bring us back to himself.
The speaker towards the end of the in-service taught us to be there for people, not to go into a debate, and to hang out with people in the LGBT community and invite them over for meals,
treat them just as we would anyone else.
The main verses that I got out to try and reach people and be there for them were Romans 5 and John 3:16.
**True love is loving everyone unconditionally, but not agreeing with everything they do (which is shallow love)**
In short whether your friends are LGBT or stuck in drugs, alcohol, whatever they may be experiencing, be there for them, listen to them, don’t compare your lives with theirs.
Together with Christ as our Center we can love all people, and make a difference.
**May the God of Peace enlighten you to care for the needs of the world, may He burn in your heart a passion for all people, and may He continue to bring you faultless before the Throne of God**