There's something that I've been hiding. It's something that I have been working through for years but have wrestled especially hard with over the last 2 and a half years.
I don't believe that homosexuality is a sin.
Yes you read right. I don't believe that homosexuality is a sin.
I believe you can be gay and a follower of Jesus.
I believe that God blesses gay marriage and that he opens his arms to all people including LGBTQ people.
I believe the passages in the Bible condemning homosexuality have been taken out of context and that they were never meant to be used to clobber or deny an entire group of people for being different.
I believe that the church has done enough damage to LGBTQ people and that it needs to take a deeper look into the "clobber" passages of the Bible.
And I believe that those who like me who are straight allies to LGBTQ people need to come out of the theological closets and stand along our brothers and sisters and let them know they are not alone.
I could go into a long detailed description for why I believe as I do but I'm not going to. At least not at this point. I can tell you that this has not be a decision that was made overnight. It has been years in the making. I have spent countless hours reading and praying and searching for answers to hard questions. I've had moments of guilt because changing my mind on this issue means not agreeing with my family and many close friends. I have had moments of fear because I know that many other Christians will believe me to have lost my way. To them I will now just be someone who doesn't believe the Bible and lets her feelings control her. But I'm not letting my feelings control me. If I did I wouldn't be writing this post because standing up for what you believe in is scary and hard - especially when you share a faith with many who will consider you to be wrong. I could continue to support LGBTQ people secretly or among those who I know agree with me but I don't think that's right. I think keeping something this important quiet isn't any better than those who are preaching hate and exclusion to LGBTQ people. Staying silent is just as dangerous and unloving and that's why I'm writing this.
There are many other people who have already written books and articles about this and I will leave a few of them below. These are just a few of the books I've read. There are so many more books and articles and blogs out there and they are all a few clicks of a computer away. Please don't read this post and just dismiss me as being unchristian or unbiblical - please look into this for yourself.
"Torn" by Justin Lee. You can read an essay he wrote at https://www.gaychristian.net/justins_view.php
"God and the Gay Christian" by Matthew Vines. You can visit his website at http://www.matthewvines.com/
"Unclobber" by Colby Martin. You can visit his website at https://colbymartinonline.com/