Suggestions for Understanding Gay Christians
1. Listen to how our culture and society talk about sexuality and marriages. Brent says, “Christians must come to terms with the fact that they live in a culture that increasingly affirms and celebrates same-sex relationships and condemns those who don’t affirm and celebrate them.”
2. Realize that sexual ethics are only the beginning of the conversation. Brent says, “Separated from relationship with God, sexual ethics on either side of the fence have the potential to become idols, with those abstaining from same-sex relationships doing so from a place of smug self-righteousness, or those pursuing them doing so from a place of selfish carelessness.”
3. Examine whether your church is a safe place to pursue God for people who are gay. Brent asks, “Where else are they going to pursue a relationship with God?” Church needs to be a place where questions and emotions won’t seem foreign or unwelcome.
Challenging suggestions for the church. What are your thoughts or observations on this topic?
You can read more of Brent’s thoughts at Oddmanout.net