I’ve had a lot of time to think the past few days… I’ve been resting with a trapped nerve in my neck/shoulder – it’s been agony! Thankfully sorted out by a physiotherapist today.
As I’ve been resting I’ve been thinking about various aspects of my faith. These areas have mainly been around love, sexuality, inclusion and acceptance. I’m not sure what’s lead to my pondering – it’s likely to be on my mind because these feature in the book I’m writing, but I think it’s more than that. I think that God is laying stuff on my heart, and indeed the hearts of lots of others.
It saddens and angers me when people are excluded from church membership or leadership because of their sexuality. It angers me when people who identify as LGBTQ+ are accused of being perverted or as trying to groom children, or are by nature abusive. It saddens me when people on the margins are the least likely to be accepted or welcomed by church-goers.
These are some of the issues that I tackle in my book, but I want to be an advocate for the broken and marginalised both before and after my book is released.
There are many debates about issues such as sexuality and I try not to enter these. Not because I’m scared, but because I haven’t found the most loving response to those whom I disagree with. The stakes are high and emotions run strong, so that puts it in the Crucial Conversations* area. That’s not the best or safest place to try and have dialogue, is it? We need to have dialogue where love is the focus and where each is heard with the love and respect that they deserve. I’m not quite there yet, so for now I’ll refrain from the debates on Facebook and other places.
There will come a time where I will try to address these issues as sensitively and respectfully as I can. I’m working on myself first, after all I can only change myself! And, I’m committed to growing up into the likeness of Jesus – eventually.
Lets all strive for that!
* Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High Paperback – 1 Jul 2002; by