If I didn’t have a strong sense that Abba wants me to speak on this topic I sure wouldn’t. Also, if I hadn’t received some healing of my mental health condition, in deep parts of me, I wouldn’t be able to write this post.
My journey of understanding this topic has been long and hard. It’s also incomplete. It’s emotive and painful.
For the purpose of this blog, let me start by defining a few things.
I’m choosing to lump sexuality with sexual attraction and sexual identity, for simplicity.
I’m including LGBTQ+ in this blog.
By Love I mean agape: unconditional love.
However you identify yourself and whatever your sexual orientation – please know that you are loved and accepted by me. I believe that you are also loved and accepted by Abba.
Now I will start.
I believe that all are welcome at God’s table of communion. I believe that all fall short – but our LORD makes up the difference. I believe that Jesus died for all and His death covers all sin. I believe that agape, grace, mercy, forgiveness, acceptance etc. extends to all. I believe that God wants to have a relationship with all.
I believe that God is an inclusive God. He doesn’t reject anyone. He will not turn anyone away. He loves you. He cherishes you. He values you. He has a purpose for you. He has chosen you. He will never turn His back on you. He won’t punish or condemn you.
Your sexuality does not and cannot separate you from the Love of the LORD. Abba-Jesus-Spirit loves you as you are.
So, do I have a right to speak on this topic? Perhaps not, but I won’t remain silent anymore. The church I want to see is one of acceptance and inclusivity. I will help build it.
I also have a painful reason for writing. I’m bisexual. There, I’ve said it. Previously only my pastor and husband knew. I’ve been too ashamed to tell anyone else. There is much to fear, still, about “coming out”. Now that you know will you reject me, punish me, try to change me, or love me?